You might have guessed from my pocket advent calendar post that we like to keep our breath fresh around here and so we end up with a lot of empty mint containers that I just don't have the heart to throw away. But I finally came up with a use for them - snow globe pendant necklaces! I can't decide whether to make these for the kids or do it as a Christmas craft with them because they were really easy to make. In case you want to make some too here's a little tutorial for how I did them.
- Empty plastic mint containers (I used Doublemint brand because the plastic is really soft)
- Small jingle bells
- Wood figures (I got some pre-painted scrapbooking ones at the craft store and also used some blank wood ones that I painted myself)
- Rainbow flakes glitter (it kind of looks like iridescent cellophane cut into tiny pieces)
- Thin and thick ribbon
- Ice pick
- Sewing needle with a large eye
- Glue gun
Step 1) Take an empty mint container and use an ice pick to poke a hole through the bottom center. The Doublemint brand has a circle stamped in the bottom that made a perfect marker for inserting the ice pick and the plastic is really soft so making the hole was a breeze. If you use a mint container made from hard plastic use a drill to make a hole in the bottom.
Step 2) Take a needle with a large eye and string some thin ribbon or string through the eye. Insert the needle into the hole from the outside of the container, string a jingle bell onto the ribbon and then insert the needle into the mint container and then out the hole again. Hold the bell in place and cut the ribbon ends and then tie the it off in a knot about a 1/3-inch from the hole. I used some clear nail polish on the ribbon ends to keep it from fraying.
Step 3) Take the mint container cap and fill it with hot glue in layers (cool between layers). This helps to raise the height of the object you're inserting in the globe to above the cap height. The glue also seals the hatch to the cap so that it can't be opened once the glitter goes in.
Step 4) Once the glue layers are almost as high as the cap, add a little more hot glue and then position the wood figure in the glue making sure it's level and straight. (Note: make sure to check that your figure fits the height and width of the container beforehand.)
Step 6) Cut a length of decorative ribbon and string it through the opening at the top of the mint container, tie off the ends and voila! snow globe pendants.
I tried using a bunch of different glitters and I found that the rainbow glitter worked the best because it was so light that it almost floated about in the container like snow, but the other kinds of glitter worked well too. Using the prepainted wood shapes made it a really quick and easy craft but I think the kids would have a lot more fun painting the blank wood shapes themselves. I'm sure it would work just as well with Christmas images drawn or glued onto heavy cardstock or even holiday stickers placed on the inside back.
Happy Monday everyone, hope your holiday crafting is going well, only 17 more days to go!