Monday, August 15, 2011

Iron Craft 1 part B: Dry Snowglobe

I had some finishing touches to do on this one (like figuring out the Shrinkadink with Mom & Jasmine) before it was ready. But now it's done and ready to share!

With three kids five and under, I have to be really careful about what kind of breakable things I make or use. Partially inspired by our Christmas in July series, I made a Christmas-themed "dry snowglobe" that won't make a big mess if my kids get into it.

Materials (Iron Craft secret ingredients in bold):
  • Scissors
  • White feathers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Baby food jar
  • Shrinkadink
  • Sandpaper
  • colored pencils (or no sandpaper and colored sharpies)
  • Muse token
  • Aluminum foil tape

Cut the feathers into small pieces and put them in the baby food jar. (Alternatively, you could use a good amount of glitter. I used both, but the glitter didn't work very well with the feathers.)

Sand the Shrinkadink and use the colored pencils to draw your shapes to go inside the jar. I did a reindeer, Santa, and a North Pole sign. My larger figures were about 4-5 inches tall and shrank down to between a third and half their original size. (We shrank the shrinkadink in a 350 degree oven for 3-5 minutes—but follow the directions on your materials!)

I covered the baby food jar lid with aluminum foil tape on the outside. Inside the lid, I used a muse token (covered with aluminum foil tape) as a backstop for my figures.


The muse token and the figures are stuck in there with hot glue:

The North Pole sign was too short to see over the neck of the baby food jar, so I used other pieces of shrunken Shrinkadink (that I was going to use to make a necklace with my other muse token but I didn't like how it looked) to build a platform. I glued about four of them on top of one another.

To finish your snowglobe, just screw on the lid:

You may want to adjust how much "snow" you want in your jar. My jar was a little over half full of feather fluff and the best way to see my figures was to lay it on its side like this. Right now, it's kind of a cross between a snow globe and one of those "I spy" in a bag games. But that might make it even more fun for my kids, right?

What would you put in a dry snowglobe?

7 comments :

Smallgood said...

Cute. I never thought of the idea of a dry snowglobe, but it makes sense. I'm loving this Iron Craft series.

Heather Landry said...

This makes a lot of sense to me! I love the little shrinky dink characters.

Brave Brooke said...

genius!

raising4princesses said...

I made these when I was a little girl. I'd forgotten about them....thanks for the inspiration my kids will love this! I just started a link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you had time to link this up! http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/2011/08/t-time-21-and-link-up.html

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Great idea! I love it :) Thanks for sharing it with us today at our link up party!
Britney
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

So cute and the feather idea is brilliant! I just love looking at all the things you girls come up with!

Linda Bouf said...

Very cute. I love working with shrinkydinks plastic. It's so fun. Following you now also. Linda

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