You can buy snow globes as souvenirs of places you've visited. Or you can make custom snow globes with your own photos, as a twist on traditional picture frames. Craft stores sell personalized snow globes; you just cut a photo to fit and slip it inside the snow globe. But you can also create your own snow globe from scratch with materials you likely already have lying around your home.
Things You'll Need
- Jar with lid
- Corn syrup
- One or two photos
- Wide, clear tape
- Glitter, sequins, gems, small figurines, etc.
- Hot glue gun
Clean the jar thoroughly. If there is a label, remove it and remove any leftover residue.
Cut the photos to fit the inside of the bottle or jar, measuring to fit for width and height. If you are using two photos, place them back to back (photo sides out) and either glue or tape them together.
Lay a long piece of tape, sticky side up, on your work surface. The wider the tape, the better, so you will not be able to see tape lines on the photos. Lay your photo on the tape and fold the tape over the top, sealing the photo inside. If necessary, repeat to cover all exposed edges of the photo. Cut the excess tape off the edges. This step waterproofs your photo.
Put the photo inside the jar. If the neck of the jar is big enough, simply drop the photo in. If you are using a bottle with a skinny neck, roll the photo first and slip the rolled photo inside. The photo should unroll as soon as it is inside the bottle.
Drop in glitter, sparkles, gems, small figurines and anything else you want to float around in your snow globe.
Pour equal parts corn syrup and water into the jar. The corn syrup helps the glitter and sequins float slowly and stay somewhat suspended.
Place a thin band of hot glue around the inside of the lid and screw it on the jar.
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