Make a Homemade Snow Globe
Make a snow globe that doesn't cost a bundle.
- Baby food jar:You may have to buy a "Stage 3"-size food jar if your trinket is too tall to fit in the Stage 1 or 2 jars.
- Light vegetable oil:Save your fancy imported Italian olive oil for the endive salad.
- Glitter:Otherwise known as "Vegas Snow."
- Trinket:Something small and waterproof to put inside the snow globe, like a small glass animal figurine or even a plastic toy soldier from the dollar store.
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks:Remember, kids and hot glue don't mix, so make sure you do the gluing!
- Funnel:Optional, but may save your dining room chair upholstery.
- Hair dryer:Remember that old thing from the days when you actually had time to primp?
- Have your child help you rinse out the baby food jar and lid really well.
- Remove the label from the jar. Scrubbing it off with hot water may do the trick. If not, blow-dry the label with your hair dryer to melt the adhesive, and then pull the label off.
- Have your child select a trinket to be featured in the snow globe.
- Then, while your kid watches, hot-glue the trinket to the inside of the jar lid.
- Help your child fill the jar with vegetable oil. If your preschooler insists on doing the pouring herself, grab the paper towels and enlist the aid of a funnel. (Don't attempt this while wearing silk!)
- Have your child pour enough glitter into the jar to make the scene really sparkle, but not so much that it doesn't flow nicely.
- Screw the top on the jar, flip it over and you've got a Winter Wonderland, Gerber-style!
- If you can pry it out of her hands, have your child wrap the snow globe and she's got herself a lovely handmade holiday gift for someone special.
- Thanks to Traci Page Johnson and Nick. Jr. Magazine.