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21 December 2012

Troubleshooting DIY Snowglobes | DAY 5 Made by Hand

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Everyone's been making them. They are all over the place. They aren't original.
No really -- just check out what happens when you type "DIY Snowglobes" into pinterest.  Told ya.

...but as unoriginal as they are, they are still FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!

Most of the time, I shy away from projects like this that everyone and their mother are doing, but once in awhile, one captures my imagination and I remember that truly there is nothing new under the sun, so why not join the happy train once in awhile and do something unoriginal?!?  You with me!?  All right -- let's go!

So today, instead of giving you a full on tutorial -- I'm going to give you some tricks I've learned creating these snowglobes, for they can DEFINITELY end up being a PIN-FAIL.  Seriously.

So here goes!

1. The first mistake I made was not dunking the trees before using them.  SOAK the trees at least 24 hours to get rid of some of the dye.  Otherwise the water in the snowglobe will turn GREEN.  PIN-FAIL

2. Hot glue the trees to the little can lids at least 24 hours AFTER soaking and 24 hours BEFORE adding the trees to water again.  They must be dry completely or else they will FALL OFF in the snowglobe.  PIN-FAIL.

3.  Add various kinds of glue and glitter - not just 1!  Wax snow is beautiful and flaky, but it floats too well.  Glitter is beautiful and sparkly, but it sinks too well.   True Snow is great for brushing on snow detail to the trees, but does nothing for the water around it.  A drop of glycerin helps the magical snow falling.  Avoid a PIN-FAIL and use ALL these ingredients for a beautiful looking snow globe.  Otherwise?  PIN-FAIL

4. Hot glue a little bit of the wax snow to the bottom of the lid.  Otherwise, it floats and you can see ugly can bottom in the snowglobe.  Simply lay down a layer of glue (when the lid is DRY) and sprinkle snow over it.  I did all of this outside, otherwise it could be a definite PIN-FAIL.

5.  Once the lids are completely dry, fill the jar way way way to the top with water.  (Leaving any gap at the top looks silly!)  Dunk the lid onto the jar and slowly turn shot.  It will drip -- that is ok.  Turn the whole thing upside down and you are almost done!

6. Leave the jars as is and they look like mason jars with trees and snow in them.  Give them a few more minutes of care and they look a LOT more intentional.  I added a base of burlap to cover up the silver can lids.  I simply cut a strip of burlap, frayed the top and attached them with a dot of glue and a cinch of baker's twine.

How do you fray burlap?

Simple.  Just pull 1-4 strings off the top of the fabric and it will fray nicely. 
 Don't pull off too many strings, or again, everyone say it out loud, YOU WILL HAVE A PIN FAIL.

...and there you go!  
Drifty beautiful snow in a classic mason jar -- perfect!

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Did you miss a day in the series?  No biggie!  Just click on the photos below!

DAY 1 | Microwave Soaps              DAY 2 | Fern Canvases           DAY 3 | Crafty Jars           DAY 4 | Luminaries          DAY 5 | DIY Snowglobe tips lavender soap 2 christmas_thumb[3]ferns smalljars smallluminarie smallsnowglobe small


Shannon Fox Monday, December 24, 2012  

I just love these. So, so beautiful. They charm me beyond words!!

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