What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Do-It-Yourself Snowglobe

This time of year I am always on the look-out for unique craft projects. Craft stores and departments stores are filled with all kinds of great do-it-yourself craft projects perfect for gift giving.  Many of the projects require basic craft skills suitable for children and beginning crafters.  What I really like is these can be personalized for a unique gift.

do it yourself snowglobe
I discovered  do-it-yourself snowglobes in the photo section of Wal-Mart.  They had two styles, this shape and a larger round shape.  I immediately thought they would make cute unique and personalized Christmas gifts for our grandkids.  I'm going to edit a picture of each of them to include the year and instead of printing the photos on white paper I'm going to print on acetate to give a clear background.  

Each of the small dome shaped globes are about 4½ inches tall.  The black base comes off to replace the instructions and photo with a photo of your choice.  Your photo is simply cut to fit and inserted into the plastic sleeve that holds the photo in place in the slot.  Once the photo is in place, the black base is replaced ready for the snow globe to be enjoyed.  Each globe cost $3.88.  Printing on regular white card stock would cost about 6¢ (ink and paper) while printing on acetate at a print shop will cost about 50¢.  Either way this is a very low cost, easy to personalize craft project perfect for Christmas gift giving.

Garden Gnome


Sheila said...

I haven't seen these anywhere but I haven't really looked. I assume the snowy part of the globe is ready-made and you just insert a picture into a slot.

Garden Gnome said...

Hi Sheila :) Yes the snowy part of the globe is ready-made with a slot for the picture that sits in a holder. The holder is designed so you could actually put 2 pictures in it.