As the holiday season is upon us, I felt the need to let my students make a gift for their parents or caregivers. Many times, children are not given the opportunity to give their parents a gift. Their only opportunity to give a gift is when someone helps them with it. Most children love snow globes, so I thought this would be a fabulous and inexpensive way to let them all make their own snow globe for a gift.
I would have to say the hardest part of this project is just making sure you get your jars. Sometimes, you will have a class with small infants, and sometimes, you won’t have any. Once you get your jars, you need to make sure they are clean, and free of any adhesives. I made sure to use Duck Brand Adhesive Remover to clean the adhesive off the jars.
You can use whatever ornaments you want. I saw some mini-trees and mini-snowmen, but I liked the small stars. When you go shopping, take the baby food jar with you, so you can be certain it will fit.
I would suggest having an adult to secure the stars to the bottom of the jar. We used Loctite Super Glue, and you have to hold it using two fingers for about a minute to make sure it is stuck.
After securing the stars, I had the kids fill the ornaments with glitter. I prefer Sulyn Glitter, but any glitter should work. The super fine glitter worked nicely because it floats around a little bit longer.
After the students have their glitter, I just kept the jars on the counter for a day. I took the lids home and spray painted them with Design Masters Champagne Silver Spray Paint. It took a few coats to really get the labels covered. It is so worth it in the end, because they look very professional when you finish.
After you paint the tops of the lids, you can secure the water-filled snow globes. I would recommend not having your children fill the snow globes until they are ready to take them home. That way, they look fresh and none of the water will evaporate. You can also add a little glycerine so the glitter doesn’t fall as fast in the snow globe. Your next step is to bag it up and voila! Your kids have a beautiful gift for their parent(s) or caregiver this year!
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