Pumpkin Snow Globe

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Holiday craft supplies are already out in the craft stores. But who says you have to wait for winter to break out the snow globes? Make this jack-o-lantern "snow" globe for your Halloween decor! 

What you'll need

  • Plastic snow globe
  • Acrylic craft paint - green, gold
  • Sealer
  • Tubes of glitter glue
  • Craft stick (for stirring)
  • Air-drying clay
  • Orange food coloring

How to make it

  1. empty snow globe

    Start with an empty snow globe. These are usually available seasonally from the holiday section in craft stores. This one has an outer base piece that screws on and an inner plug piece. Unscrew the the base and remove the plug.

  2. paint lid

    Paint the lid green with two coats of acrylic craft paint. When dry, paint with a coat of sealer.

  3. add glitter glue

    Fill the globe with water. Add a few drops of orange food coloring (if you don't have orange, add yellow and red until you reach the desired shade of orange). Squeeze in two tubes of glitter glue and stir with a craft stick until the glue is completely dissolved. If the glitter settles too quickly, add gel school glue a little bit at a time and dissolve it into the water.

    Note: If you try to add plain glitter (versus glitter glue) the glitter will float to the top of the water and never settle nicely to the bottom. You can try adding a few drops of liquid soap to help the glitter settle.

  4. water line

    Seal the globe and set it upright. Note the water line. We're going to cover that up with clay leaves.

  5. clay leaves

    Make clay pumpkin leaves from air-drying clay. Use a needle to add details. The leaves should be large enough to go from the center top of the globe to below the water line.

  6. clay pumpkin leaves

    Arrange the leaves on top of the globe. Make a stem piece and twist it to a point. Allow the clay to dry overnight on top of the snow globe.

  7. green leaves, metallic gold accents

    Remove the dried leaves from the snow globe and paint them green. I also added a few gold accents with metallic craft paint. Allow to dry.

  8. pumpkin snow globe

    Use hot glue to attach the leaves and stem to the top of the globe. Use a black permanent marker to draw the jack-o-lantern face. Shake it up!


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