Sunday, November 20, 2011

Salt Shaker Snow Globe & Faux Globes

My kids love snow globes!  Something about shaking them up and watching the sparkly "snow" swirl around.  They always remind me of Christmas even though you can get a snow globe for any occasion.  They are such a huge collector's item.  Now you can make your own one of a kind snow globe.  Or how about making a faux globe! 


I was inspired by this cute little salt shaker snow globe that I saw on the Anthropologie website.  How cute and simple is this!  Love the quirky use of an everyday item!  I found plain salt and pepper shakers at Old Time Pottery for $1.  Finding cute items to fit inside is a bit more difficult.  Ornaments made for small Christmas trees work well as well as the little figurines made for the Christmas villages.  Ceramic or glass works best since anything with metal will rust. 

You will need: a glass jar, small figurines, baby oil, and glitter.

To make a snowglobe use E6000 adhesive on the bottom of your little ornament.  Use pliers to place the figurine into your salt shaker.  Allow to dry for at least 48 hours.  While this is drying, place a piece of blue painter's tape on to the top of your salt shaker lid.  On the inside of the lid, use E6000 and cover all the holes with glue to prevent any leaking.  Allow this glue to dry completely.  After dry, fill your shaker up with baby oil and add a bit of white irridescent glitter.  Line the inside edge of your lid with E6000 and screw close.

These are the perfect size for the girls to play with.  Small and cute and not too heavy so I wasn't as worried about them dropping them.

Snow globes are adorable.  But they really aren't a great representation of Christmas in Florida since we never have snow!  So, I decided to make a faux globe.  Basically this is a snow globe minus the snow and baby oil!  You don't want to shake these, but they still look adorable on your mantle!  I used a large jar, beach sand, shells, and a dollar store figurine of a Santa on the beach.

Simply add your sand, figurine, and shells to make your sand globe.  I think Santa liked to dig his toes in the sand for a change.

After finding this cute jar at the dollar store, I had to make just one more faux globe.  Another reason to make the faux globe without any liquid is when you have a metal item.  I loved this metal car ornament we had, but didn't want it to rust.  I used little scrabook double sided tape squares to keep the car in place.  I added a little tree, securing it in place.  Then I sprinkled in some faux snow and closed the lid!  I love the simple look. 

All of these snow globes are so affordable and simple.  You may already have everything you need to make one.  Recycle your pasta sauce jars or baby jars.  Search through your ornament collection to find that special one to highlight in a snow globe or a faux globe!

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  1. I love this! My hubby's grandma collects snowglobes, and I bet she would really enjoy one like this.
    Thanks so much!

  2. I am just in love with these. They are so darling. I will be on the lookout for some salt shakers. I am a new FB fan visiting from Delicate Construction. Vicky from Mess For Less

  3. What a great idea. I'm visiting from Delicate Construction, and blog at

  4. These are such cute ideas Melissa! We love snow globes...these would make fun gifts too! :)

  5. Great idea! I have had expired (yum lol) baby food jars in my pantry for a year and now I have a use for them. Thanks!

  6. What a fun project. I know in Sunday school we made them with baby food jars, and I think some sort of dish soap solution.
    Your ideas sound simple and more glittery.
    A great way to use odd jars I love to collect.

  7. So cute!! What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Thanks for linking up. What a cute idea and perfect to recycle the jars in your pantry, Love it!!!!

    Dee, CSI Girl


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