On a blustery afternoon this month, gather the family together to create your own winter wonderland!
On a blustery afternoon this month, gather the family together to create your own winter wonderland! This do-it-yourself snow globe is a great use for old miniature toys sitting at the bottom of the toy box and makes a perfect holiday gift or family keepsake! WHAT YOU NEED *1 small jar with lid (baby food jars or relish jars are a good size) *epoxy glue (to be used by adults) *white modeling clay *small plastic toys or figurines (if you don't have any at home, craft stores have dollhouse miniatures and holiday figurines that work well for this project) *white glitter *liquid glycerin *decorative ribbon HOW YOU DO IT 1. Wash out jar thoroughly with warm water and soap. Let dry. 2. On the inside of the jar lid, build up white modeling clay to create a snowy "ground" for your winter scene. If your toys are much smaller than your jar, make a snow hill with the clay, so they will be more visible. If the clay requires baking to harden, bake in standard oven according to package instructions. 3. Arrange the toys and figurines on your snowy ground into a winter scene. 4. Adults can use the epoxy glue to glue all the pieces into place. Follow instructions to allow enough time to let the glue set and become waterproof. 5. Fill the jar with water, leaving a half-inch of space at the top. Add approximately a tablespoon of glitter - more or less, depending on the size of your jar. Add a few drops of glycerin (this makes the glitter fall slowly and swirl!) 6. Seal the lid to the jar tightly. Feel free to add a little glue to the jar lid to strengthen the seal, if you need it. 7. Shake and enjoy! WHO THOUGHT THIS UP OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they're closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.