Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Plastic Plate Snowman Snow Globe
This winter has been one of the least snowy on record here. To make up for the lack of white fluffy stuff, I organized this fun DIY snow globe craft for my son. I HEART Crafty Things and CraftElf provided the inspiration.
Before we got started crafting, we read Snowmen at Night, a wonderfully enchanting book about snowmen who frolic and party while humans slumber in their beds oblivious.
Once we finished the book, I gathered our supplies:
A piece of flat cardboard
1 clear plastic disposable dessert plate
Brown construction paper
Snowflake party confetti
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
White acrylic paint
1 large jumbo marshmallow (optional)
I glued the cardstock onto the cardboard for added sturdiness. Then I laid the plate facedown onto the cardstock and traced around it lightly. Now I handed my son the jumbo marshmallow and some white paint I’d squirted onto a paper plate. The marshmallow was the perfect shape to stamp a snowman body!
Once he’d made the snowman inside the circle, he added the snow globe’s base beneath the circle and painted some more “snow.” When this was done, I tossed the paper into the microwave for a few seconds to speed up the drying time. (Patience doesn't come easy for my son OR I.)
Now it was time to give Frosty some personality. My son added a hat, eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, and stick arms. To finish the wintry scene, he drew a bare tree.
Up to this point, my son just couldn't see how it was going to be a snow globe. After all, it just looked like a mixed-medium piece of art. Here’s where the magic happens!
I gave him a few shakers of iridescent glitter and some snowflake shaped confetti and told him to add it all in a pile in the middle of the circle. Once the pile was sufficient, I used the low-temp glue gun to add a bead of glue along the line I’d traced.
He quickly added the upside down clear plate. We checked to see that there were no gaps between the glue and the plate and added more glue wherever necessary, making sure the seal was tight.