Saturday, December 18, 2010

Let it snow ...

I can say with some degree of certainty, "If I want to see snow during the holidays, I better build a snow globe." The current weather forecast for Christmas Day in San Antonio is 73° F/ 22° C. Our last meaningful snowfall was in 1985, so there is actually a generation of South Texans who have never seen a blanket of white covering the land. Sad, isn't it.

I know European cities have been brought to a standstill in recent days due to heavy snow. Just look at this week's photos of Paris from CF News 13 (above left) and Christine Marie (above right). Even Paris' parked bikes were wrapped in white! So, please send us what you don't need or want.

Well, until I see the little flakes fall, I am going to build my San Antonio snow globe and share the tutorial with you. By the way, this is a great craft project for kids with adult supervision.

What You'll Need
  • A globe with rubber base and plastic stand
  • Epoxy
  • Ceramic or plastic ornament
  • Distilled water
  • Liquid glycerin
  • Glitter
How to Make It
  1. Look for 7- and 8-inch flower aquariums, which include a globe, rubber base, and plastic stand, at floral shops or online.
  2. Use expoxy to attach ceramic or plastic ornament or figurine to the rubber base, which also serves as the lid.
  3. Fill the globe with distilled water to just below the opening; add about 1 tablespoon of liquid glycerin (found in soap-making sections of hobby stores) to thicken the water.
  4. Sprinkle with glitter.
  5. Working over a sink, slowly invert the decorated portion of the rubber base into the water; stretch the seal of the rubber base over the lip of the globe.
  6. Attach the plastic stand, turn the globe upright, and watch the snow fall!
  7. For extra sparkle, stand the snow globe in a silver wine bottle coaster.

Image and tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.

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