Vintage snow globes are a must have for Christmas decorations, and for good reason as kids love vintage snow globes. These pieces always catch the eyes of children which makes vintage snow globes a wonderful addition to your Christmas decorations and snow globe collection. They have been popular in western places and even Hong Kong since the 19th Century.
It seems that every child is amazed by the snow falling inside the globe and I remember having that reaction myself when I was small.
Character Snow Globes
Character Snow Globes – A great way to add character to your home or office space! These unique items can be used as gifts, party favors, holiday decor, or just plain fun conversation starters. Each one comes with its own story about how it came into being.
A Character Snow Globe is an amazing gift idea for any occasion. It’s perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, weddings, graduations, housewarmings, baby showers, retirement parties, corporate events, etc. You name it…the possibilities are endless.
Souvenir Snow Globes
Souvenir Snow Globes can often be found in tourist shops in northern places such as Lappland and Canada. Souvenirs from around the world come together in this collection of vintage-style souvenir snow globes. The designs range from traditional to modern, but all feature beautiful scenes of local landmarks and scenic views.
Making snow globes only takes a bit of work and is great craft to do with the children they will have a very good time assisting you in the search for just the right ingredients to make it exactly what they want.
We started with ornament seeking and finally found a Eiffel tower ornament and another cottage ornament with kittens running around it in Santa hats, that was the perfect ornament to go inside.
Glitter was the next order of business, with white and a translucent type what we chose.
You can use nearly any jar from a baby food jar on up to a small sized Miracle whip jar, which is what we chose to make sure that the ornament we had selected would fit well.
To make your own vintage snow globes you will need
- a glass jar with a lid that fits well and tightly, this will be your snow dome.
- some distilled water
- hot glue or silicone caulking
- Glass or plastic ornament that will fit into your jar lid
- acrylic paint
- Artificial snow, also known as faux snow
You can also add some glycerin from the drug store to slow the falling of your snow, or in fact one of the best things to use to fill it rather than water, is baby oil, however this is rather costly.
Here’s how you can add in the glycerin:
- To lift up the ornament and make it better able to be seen, place a small plastic lid under it and hot glue it to the inside of your jar lid.
- Do a test run by screwing on the jar onto the base and see if you can easily see the ornament or statue .
- If you can, then you will want to glue down the smaller lid and hot glue or silicone the ornament to it.
- Then start by working over plastic sheeting and pour water and glycerine, or mineral oil into your baby food jar, getting it as full as you can.
Turn over the lid with the ornament and screw it into place.
- Wipe the jar dry and run a bead of hot glue or silicone all the way around the jar lid, where it meets the jar.
- You can, if you like, glue your jar lid to a wooden or metal base and paint it the color that you like.
Once everything is dry, you can add trims, lace, wooden beads or small ornaments on the outside as well.
Give this video a watch if you need a visual understanding of how to make vintage snow globes.