Supplies you will need:
- jar with tight sealing lid (pickle jar, peanut butter jar, etc.)
- small water proof figure(s)
- glycerin (only takes a couple of drops)
- waterproof adhesive
- distilled water
- paint for the lid (I used spray paint)
Before you begin, make certain your figure which is to be displayed inside will fit easily into the jar and its opening!
- Paint the outside of the lid and let dry;
- Clean the jar (especially inside) so there are no smudges;
- Sand the bottom of the figure and the inside of the lid to give it some tooth or texture so the adhesive/glue will stick better-be certain to remove dust from sanding;
- Apply glue to the lid and to the bottom of the figure (according to package instructions) and after attaching them together, set them aside to dry;
- Fill the jar with distilled water;
- Add a couple of drops of glycerin to the water (Note: adding too much will make the glitter stick together and clump) and stir;
- Sprinkle in some glitter;
- Stir this well with a stick to separate the glitter;
- Carefully lower the figure (which should be securely attached to the lid) into the water and tightly screw the lid onto the jar;
- Turn it over so the lid becomes the base and check for any leaks;
- Shake vigorously and let the fun begin!
These instructions are very basic, but worked well for us. You can experiment with different amounts of glycerin. Some of the instructions I had found said to use a cap full and others said 2-3 drops. I think this would depend on how large the jar is, the quantity and size of the glitter or other "snow" used, etc. Another thing to note is that I applied the glue for the kids due to possible fumes, sticky fingers, the mess and other lurking problems. I also suggest covering the table surface with newspaper, plastic or other protection since you will likely have spills.
It was a fun kid's project but wouldn't recommend it for any children under 6!