Like most kids, my children have always loved snow globes. Even as an adult, I like shaking up a snow globe and watching the faux snow fall peacefully on a winter scene. I am always a little wary of decorating with snow globes because they are so fragile. One over-enthusiastic shake can end in bits of glass all over the floor. When I saw customizable plastic snow globes at the dollar store, I was thrilled to be able to make snow globes that everyone in the family could enjoy. I used inexpensive supplies from the dollar store to make this beautiful and durable vintage truck snow globe.
DIY DOLLAR STORE VINTAGE TRUCK SNOW GLOBE
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A DOLLAR STORE SNOW GLOBE
Vintage trucks, especially ones carting Christmas trees, have been popular in holiday decor for the past few years. Dollar Tree currently sells a set of Christmas village figurines that includes a red vintage truck and a vintage-style camper. I used the camper in a snow globe ornament, and I am using the truck in this project. Not bad for a buck!
The only two non-dollar store supplies needed for this project are super glue and glycerin. You will need to use super glue because regular craft glue, and even hot glue, will not stand up to being submerged in water. The glycerin is technically optional, but using it will ensure that the glitter in the snow globe floats around longer for a more snowy appearance.
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HOW TO ASSEMBLE A SNOW GLOBE ORNAMENT
This is a super quick and easy project, but whenever you are working with super glue you will need to be careful. For that reason, I do not suggest allowing little kids to help you assemble these snow globes!
Vintage Truck Snow Globe
- Unscrew the base of the snow globe and remove the plastic insert.
- Remove the base from one mini bottle brush tree and cut the top off of another.
- Superglue the baseless tree to the tree that you cut the top off of. This will create a taller bottle brush tree.
- Break the plastic tree off of the vintage truck figurine.
- Superglue a mini bottle brush tree in its place.
- Superglue the truck, the taller bottle brush tree, and another mini bottle brush tree onto the insert of the snow globe.
- Pour two sizes of white glitter into the snow globe. Fill the globe with water and add in 3-4 drops of glycerin.
- Carefully re-insert the plastic insert into the snow globe. Screw the base of the snow globe on tightly. Check for water leaks.
- (Optional) Use hot glue to wrap a length of ribbon around the base of the snow globe.
USING AND GIFTING VINTAGE TRUCK SNOW GLOBES
Because these snow globes are so inexpensive to make, you can put together several of them and gift them to your loved ones. These are sweet gifts for teachers, co-workers, and even children! Since they are plastic, even little kids can enjoy shaking the snow globe and watching the flurry of glitter without the worry that comes with handling glass snow globes.