I went to a White Elephant gift exchange last week and could not decide what I wanted to bring as a gift. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, didn’t want it to seem cheap and wanted it to feel special.
I ended up deciding to make two snow globes out of mason jars to give as my gift. You can buy these at Anthropologie for $12-28, or make them yourself for around $7! I have made a couple of these before, and they’re really easy. It only takes about 15 minutes (including the glue drying time) so these would also be a great last-minute holiday gift.
All you need is:
– A mason jar (or two!)
– Some hot glue or super glue – whichever you prefer
– Glitter — I think it’s best to use a mixture of chunky and finer glitter
– I picked up some pinecone ornaments at Walgreens, but you can use anything you want
First, attach the pinecone (or mini tree, disco ball, candy cane…whatever) to the lid of the mason jar. I used hot glue just because that’s my glue of choice — I seriously use it for everything — but you could also use super glue if you have that lying around.
Pour the glitter into jar. I put a healthy mixture of colors and sizes (big gold flakes, white, bright fuchsia, teal, etc., etc., etc.,) My favorite glitter is the Martha Stewart collection that you can get at Michaels, and Spectra gold glitter that you can get at any craft store.
Fill the jar with water up to about half an inch from the top, and then pour in a DROP of glycerine. Literally — just a drop. If you put in more, your glitter will be too float-y (is that a word? I don’t know…) and clump together. The glycerine is what makes the glitter gently float down to the bottom and swirl around.
Sidenote — I have yet to find a tutorial for these globes that tells you where to find glycerin/what it is used for. So, I’ll tell you. Glycerine has a wide variety of uses, but the main one (and the section of the drugstore that you’ll probably find it in) is as a laxative. Be sure to buy the pure liquid glycerine, not the pills, so you can just put a drop of it into the water. It was just slightly awkward standing in line at the crowded Walgreens on my way home from work buying laxatives, but whatever — there are weirder things in San Francisco I guess!
Place the top on (given that the glue has dried) and then screw the lid on. Make sure it’s tight, and shake it up!
Ta da! Beautiful mason jar glitter globes!
I spray painted the lids of a few of the other ones I made gold but decided to leave these ones silver. I think it’s nice to see something pretty when you turn it upside down to shake it.
Let me know if you decide to give these a try. I’d love to see how yours turn out!