Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow inside! That’s what you’ll be singing when giving this oversized snow globe a good shake. Watch as the glittering snowflakes circle around your mini world-in-a-jar. Have a blast choosing how to style the snow globe to your liking and then enjoy a new keepsake to memorialize the magic that is the holiday season. No one can miss this oversized snow globe during your holiday gatherings. It doesn’t look like the usual store-bought decorations. Your crafty touch will probably earn a few compliments, so be prepared.
See how Tara at Spot of Tea Designs turned a little enamel house into a festive holiday gingerbread design that is swirls with glistening snow when shaken. You can choose elements from the craft store, but keep in mind everything must be water safe. You could even browse the aquarium section of the pet store to find props to customize your world. Consider creating unique snow globes for everyone on your list or turn this oversized design into a centerpiece on your holiday mantle using our tips.
DIY Oversize Snow Globe Supplies
- 1/2 Gallon glass jar with screw-on lid
- Mini enamel house
- Enamel paint – Gloss Enamels from Deco Art)
- Dimensional paint (aka puffy paint)
- An assortment of paint brushes
- Mini bottle brush trees
- Styrofoam ball
- Hot glue
- Serrated knife
- Silicone sealant (optional)
Before painting, wash your enamel house with hot soapy water to remove any dirt residue. Turn it into a gingerbread creation using your enamel paint.
Once fully dry, apply your white dimensional paint to create the gingerbread icing effect.
Cut a Styrofoam ball in half using a serrated knife.
Unscrew the glass jar and place the lid upside down. Test to make sure the jar can still screw on completely with the styrofoam in place. The rim of the jar needs to make contact with the lid. Trim if needed.
Use hot-glue to bond the Styrofoam ball onto the lid. Then adhere the mini house and 2 mini bottle brush trees onto the ball. This creates a little scene that will be slightly raised when in the snow globe.
Tip: You might want to trim the styrofoam so both the house and trees have a flat area on which to be glued.
Fill your jar with water almost to the top. Add glycerin and glitter to the mix. Some suggest a 4:1 ratio of water to glycerin but honestly, we eyeballed it and it worked out fine!
Add hot glue to the inside of the lid and screw on tight on the jar. Or use a silicone sealant for a more secure seal. Leave the jar sitting right side up while you allow the glue to cool or the sealant to cure.
Apply more hot glue around the outside to make sure the liquid is tightly sealed inside and test for leaks over a sink.
Give it a shake and watch the snowfall and glide around your little enamel gingerbread house.
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