The PERFECT Holiday Gift (feat. DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes)

December 16, 2014

*Simply Sinova has partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign. Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target*

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What’s on your holiday wish list? A camera? A new purse? How about that book you’ve had your eye on? It’s easy to think about the perfect gift to get yourself, the tricky part is figuring out what to get everyone else. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, dad, boyfriend, best friend or roommate, the perfect gift isn’t hard to find! In fact, the perfect gift can be found right at your local Target! Give up yet? It’s a Target GiftCard®! With a gift card, you’re GUARANTEED to give the perfect gift this holiday season, because the recipient gets to pick out exactly what they want! Target did a little research and found that 90% of people love receiving gift cards as a gift, but only 30% of people feel good about giving one. Crazy right? What’s so wrong about giving a gift card?

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I’ll be honest. I know a lot of people who are afraid to give gift cards because they think they’re ‘impersonal.’ That’s why it’s important to get creative with how you present your gift card. For me, I like to pair gift cards with a cute DIY gift. Since it’s the holidays, I thought a snow globe would be the perfect gift to accompany the Target GiftCards® I plan to give out this Christmas! Here’s what you’ll need:
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For this craft you’ll need some Mason Jars (I used a variation of small and large jars), mini Christmas decor/figurines (I gathered some trees, Christmas townsfolk and a snowman from my family Christmas Village display), a handful of fake snow (both spray on and snow flurries are fine), glue (a combination of Mod Podge and Tacky Glue does the trick) and of course, a little water.
Snow Globe #1: Simple Pine Tree 
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First, use your adhesive (I used Mod Podge for the first jar before switching to Tacky Glue) to attach your Christmas figurine (I started off with my snowy Christmas tree) to bottom of the Mason Jar lid. Ensure that figure is centered on the lid and allow time to dry (about 10 minutes will do!) Next, fill your jar completely with water and a pinch of snow flurries. Slowly dip the tree into the jar until it’s completely submerged. 

Snow Globe #2: Ice Skating Wonderland

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First, use your adhesive (I used tacky glue since the figures were so small) to attach your Christmas figurines (to create this winter wonderland scene, I used three small figures: a little boy on ice skates, a boy sledding and a snowman) to bottom of Mason jar lid. Allow 5-10 minutes to properly dry. Using spray on snow, completely cover the back of the mason jar (the side not facing the figures faces.) This way, when you turn the snow globe over, it creates the illusion of a wall of snow behind them. 

Snow Globe #3: Christmas Tree Shopping

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For this one, I decided to do a non-traditional snow globe. In order to recreate the scene of a little girl and her mother as they shop for Christmas trees, I turned the mason jar on its side. After gluing the figures and allowing them to dry, I sprayed fake snow around the outer jar to create a snowy winter day.
Snow Globe #4: O Christmas Tree 
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For the final snow globe I decided to keep things simple. Since this tree was decorated so beautifully, I decided not to add any water or fake snow. If you place this globe in a dark room, the ornaments even start to glow! 
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Do you like getting gift cards during the holiday’s?