Having snow globes in the house with little kids is always a gamble. They can easily be knocked over and broken, dropped or leak water on furniture – yikes! This year we decided to get a little crafty to create a quick and easy waterless snow globe – the kids loved making them themselves and a few extra for their friends and neighbors.
Here are the supplies you’ll need and steps to follow to create your own waterless snow globes:
Supplies for Making Your Waterless Snow Globe
- Cardboard or Thick Paper Plates which will serve as the base
- Small Clear Plastic Cups
- Cotton Balls
- Mini Ornaments or figurines from around your house (dinosaurs, plastic toys, etc.)
- Mini Styrofoam Balls (the same kind you’d use to make your own floam)
- Glitter – optional
How to Create a Snow Globe Without Water
1. Using the plastic cup and cardboard/paper plate, trace a circle around the widest part of the cup and then cut the piece out with scissors.
2. Put a dollop of glue on the cardboard circle and brush it all over the entire piece.
3. Cover the base with cotton balls, gently pulling them apart and sticking them to the glue on the circle.
4. Arrange the ornaments or figurines near the center of the cotton covered circle. Use glue on each of the bases to secure them.
5. Set your plastic cup upright and pour a little of the mini styrofoam balls in the bottom. Don’t go overboard with the floam or they’ll set stuck on your ornaments or cover them when you adhere it together. You can also throw in a little glitter to the cup too if you’d like.
6. Give your base (with the ornaments) about 30 minutes to dry a little. Once they are more stable, gently place a ring of glue around the edge of the circular base. Next, you’re going to secure the top cup to the bottom of the snow globe. Keep the cup on the counter and turn over the base with the ornaments to the top ring of the cup. Gently turn both the cup and base over and place on a dry surface.
You can place something on top of the cup to add little pressure (a coffee mug for example) to make sure it’s attached tightly throughout the drying process. Let your snow globe sit overnight and then gently shake it the next day and watch the snow and glitter swirl around the waterless snow globe.
Turn It Into an Ornament
Glue a looped string to the top of the cup or punch a hole and run a hook through the top of your ornament so you can dangle these from the tree this year.
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