MAKE: snow globes

Cre­ate your own ter­rar­ium-style Christ­mas scenes with these water­less snow globes – they’re fun to make and look fab­u­lous lined up on the man­tel­piece!

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS - With MAR­SHA SMITH

Mak­ing these water­less snow globes made me re­alise you’re never too old to have fun with snow! You can cre­ate what­ever scene you like, us­ing all sorts of Christ­mas-themed bits and bobs. You can even up­cy­cle old Christ­mas tree or­na­ments. If you can’t re­sist the temp­ta­tion to up­end or shake the com­pleted snow scene, be aware that the snow will set­tle over the or­na­ments in the jar, un­like a wa­ter-filled globe, where it will float to the bot­tom.

De­cide what your Christ­mas scene will be and select the or­na­ments and em­bel­lish­ments you will need. If you’d like a coloured lid, spray-paint it and let it dry fully be­fore as­sem­bling the jar. You can ei­ther use the lid as your base, glue­ing your ob­jects to that then plac­ing the jar back on top like a dome, or you can use the jar the right way up, glue­ing ob­jects to the base. For this option, long-nose pli­ers or tongs are help­ful for po­si­tion­ing items in the jar. For the car and North Pole scenes, I el­e­vated my ob­jects by glue­ing a tiny con­tainer (the one my fake snow came in) into the bot­tom of the jar or onto the lid (pic A) and mounted my scene on that. A small box or some lay­ered foam board would also do the trick. If us­ing the jar the right way up, it’s fun to em­bel­lish the lid with rib­bon, beads or other dec­o­ra­tions (pic B). To as­sem­ble, put glue on the feet or base of your or­na­ments, then po­si­tion them on the lid or in the jar. Cork lids are great for stick­ing in wired ob­jects that hang down – for ex­am­ple, the ar­ti­fi­cial holly in our house scene. For the fall­ing snow in the po­lar bear globe, I used a nee­dle to thread small white pom­poms onto sew­ing thread, spac­ing them out (pic C), then glued each strand to the un­der­side of the lid. To make the house scene, I printed out cute house pics from the in­ter­net, then cut these out and glued them onto foam board (pic D). When ev­ery­thing is glued in place, it’s time to make your fake snow, fol­low­ing packet in­struc­tions. Spoon snow into the jar or pack it around the scene on your lid, screw lid and jar to­gether, then put it on dis­play!

MORE IDEAS: Use air-dry­ing clay to make snow­men or your own cone-shaped trees. Glue glit­ter onto pieces of faux fo­liage for ex­tra sparkle.

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