We're reading a special winter or holiday book through December and also creating a special activity. Today was my favorite day so far.
Isn't it magical!?! And a perfect match with today's book:
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost, illos by Susan Jeffers
Sigh. This is the most satisfying project ever. And quick!
• Sea glass (Michaels $3)
• small jars (Ikea, ~$5 for four—these held about 1 cup of liquid)
• glycerine (Michaels, ~$6 for a small bottle from baking section)
• extra fine glitter (Michaels $3)
• tiny star confetti/glitter (Michaels ~$2 in gift wrap section)
• silicone glue
• and small bottle brush trees (Michaels ~$4 for six, in Missions section)
or small plastic animals, such as in a Toob
• glue gun with glue sticks (I like the glitter ones for this project)
• water in a glass measuring cup or something that helps you pour easily. Use distilled water for longevity—it should not change color over time.
We did have one "mountain" fail after the whole thing was built. If you have concerns about things being perfect, I'd recommend using silicone waterproof glue instead. But this means you have to wait overnight for it to dry.
This tree was not designed to live underwater, so I'm hoping that it doesn't rust too soon. There is a Toob of trees, but we couldn't find one within our timeframe, and those look really plastic-y. Michaels also had a great Christmas scene with various pieces that would have been fun in a snow globe, but I was worried that the paint would soak off. They were 60% off though, so I wish I'd grabbed a piece or two to try.
Now, we also tried mixing in some regular clear glitter with the superfine silver. We found that it makes larger flakes, and clumps up a bit. The superfine leaves a more delicate, magical effect. But that's purely subjective.
Makes a lovely gift, though!
Do you have any snow globe memories you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments below.
*I later found out you are supposed to use distilled water, rather than tap water, in the snow globe to keep the water from going "bad" and turning colors over time. I guess we'll try that next time!
Join us at some linky parties! The Magic Onions and Natural Suburbia. Both have really awesome Friday linkups with about a gazillion ideas each week.