Snow globes, like most things, were invented by accident. In the late 19th century Erwin Perzy, a producer of surgical instruments, invented the snow globe while trying to develop an extra bright light source for surgical lamps. To increase light he used water, in a glass container, and included tiny reflective particles. Upon moving the container and seeing the particles fall he observed they looked like snow – from there the snow globe was patented and born!
Since the late 19th century the snow globe has changed. Not only do snow globes come in different shapes and sizes they also come with a slew of different scenes and figurines in them as well. There are even musical snow globes now!
Depending on your preference of decoration, gift, or survivor, you can now find a snow globe that suits your taste. You can even create a custom snow globe with a photo, or by creating your own.
Let’s take a look at three traditional snow globes, as well as learn how to make your own snow globe.
The first snow globe category we will be taking a look at is the musical snow globe. Musical snow globes gained popularity awhile after snow globes were first invented – however since coming to market they have become a huge hit with people of all ages. Musical snow globes are the perfect gift to give no matter the time of year. Most locations even have souvenir musical snow globes to bring back to loved ones!
Snow globes are a great way to remember moments in time. What better moment to seal in time than Christmas! Christmas snow globes are a great way to add a little Christmas swag to your home. There are a variety of Christmas snow globes to choose from ranging from classic, to religious, to a Christmas scene with animals or villages in the snow. You can even create custom snow globes with Christmas features; how great it would be to receive a picture of a loved one captured in a Christmas snow globe!
Many people collect souvenir snow globes when visiting new cities, or countries. While we are busy taking photos from locations, sometimes there is nothing better than a physical representation of the location you visited. With souvenir snow globes you can remember that exact moment in time when you were visiting a city, who you were visiting with, and even a funny story when purchasing your souvenir snow globe.
Now-a-days creating a snow globe is the best way to make a snow globe customized to your liking. It's also a family friendly activity to do when snow storms, or boredom, strike during the holidays.
Follow these simple steps and learn how to make a snow globe:
Tools: Super glue, glitter, glycerin, distilled water, mason jar (any see-through jar with a twist lid will work), figurines of your choice (for best results make sure they have a flat bottom)!
Wipe down the inside of the lid of your jar to ensure you have a clean slate to glue your figurines to. Before gluing be sure to arrange your figurines how you’d like them set up – once you start gluing there is no turning back!
Place one to two dots (depending on the size of your figurine) on the bottom of the figurine of your choice, and then secure it to the lid. Push down on the figurines for 30 seconds to ensure a tight seal. Repeat for all additional figurines, and let set for a day.
Once the figurines are set on the lid fill your jar with distilled water almost to the top. There should be about a tablespoon worth of liquid left in your jar.
Next, take your glycerin and add half a tablespoon. The glycerin acts as a slowing agent for your glitter.
Now add 1 – 2 teaspoons of your glitter. If 2 teaspoons doesn’t seem like enough add more until you’re satisfied with the amount.
Finally hold your lid upside down and slowly submerge your figurine in your jar. Tightly screw your lid on, and shake!
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