Snow Globe SUCCESS!By Veronique Christensen — Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
We had Miss M’s birthday party today and it was a roaring (if exhausting for Mama) success. I’m especially pleased that the snow globes worked out properly
Each kid got to choose one (or more if they would fit) plastic creatures to place in their bottle.
Next they chose their glitter and glass, and poured it in. I had opalescent stars, big blue glitter bits, silver glitter bits, blue and silver stars. I also had “sea” glass in clear and aqua.
I added about a teaspoon of Glycerin [after a long hunt we finally found it at our local craft store in the baking department -- drug stores do not carry this in the US anymore], and filled the bottles to the rim with water. For the kids who chose creatures that needed to be hot-glued to the lid, rather than swimmers, I filled the bottles a bit less than full.
To seal the bottles I squeezed out a ribbon of hot glue all the way around the inside of the lids before sealing tightly. A few of the snow globes didn’t seal as well as expected (I called these The Leakers), so I sealed the outer rim of the lid with another ribbon of hot glue. This isn’t as pretty, but it works.
I’d done a trial run a few days ago that didn’t go as well. If you want to know what not to do, read this.
>> Update Nov.30th, 2006: The folks at Kiddley have posted a slightly different take on this today. I like the idea of trying superglue instead of using the ol’ hot glue gun.
>> Update Dec.5th, 2007: Martha Stewart also has this project up online with a Christmas theme.
>> Update Nov. 22nd, 2008: Gretchen over at Cocktail Mom’s had the inspired idea to use Aquarium sealer with great success. I’m going to try that next time because I think that will have a more permanent seal.