This Christmas card has a snow globe that actually has moving snow in it! (see a video in action: http://youtu.be/D0gLZU-bZyg). The snow globe is made with sugar in it and has a “window” through to the middle of the card so whatever you put on the inside of the card shows through the snow globe! This is a huge hit with kids as well because they want to play with it all the time (and honestly I’ve seen adults playing with it a lot too!). Sending this as your Christmas card shows you spent time and love to wish your friends and family the best holiday wishes.
You Will Need...
- foam tape
- double-sided tape
- transparencies/clear plastic
- Cricut/paper cutter (optional)
The card itself is just cutting into shape and cutting a circle in the front to view through the snow globe. Therefore, these steps focus on making the snow globe specifically.
Cut out snow globe. Two layers is ideal to help make the thin circle edges sturdier. I cut the background layer thicker and the top layer in a coordinating paper color that was a bit smaller, so it showed the background color. Attach the two layers together with double-sided tape.
Cut out plastic circles (I used transparencies) that are big enough to cover the hole of the snow globe and overlap with the paper so you have enough room to attach the circles to the globe. Do not let them stick out beyond the entire snow globe. If you have a little overlap outside the globe, don't worry...you won't be able to see it once you put the card together, but aim for keeping the circle behind the paper of the snow globe.
Flip the snow globe over so the front side is against the table. Attach one plastic circle to the back of the snow globe alternating clear glue and double-sided tape.
Take a piece of foam tape approximately 2-ish inches long and cut it into fourths to make it skinny (so in half lengthwise then each of those in half again). Be sure you leave the backing on the one side for now. You may prefer more than 2 inches at a time or less, you'll get a feel for this.
Once you have the skinny strips, press them around the edge of the plastic circle where it is hidden by the snow globe paper. Since the foam tape is so thin, you can curve the tape around the circle pretty easily. Push down securely (which is easy since you left the paper backing on) and be sure you overlap the tape pieces so that the snow doesn't fall out! This part will all be hidden so it doesn't have to look super pretty.
Put a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into the middle of the plastic circle.
Carefully remove the paper backing from the foam tape (if you do it before pouring in the sugar, you'll get sugar on your tape and it won't stick very well)!
Take another plastic circle and put it on the exposed foam tape to trap in the snow. Since it is foam tape, it gives enough space in the "well" for the sugar to move around like a snow globe!
You'll notice in the photo above I have the ribbon already attached. You can do this before or after you attach the snow. The picture shows I just used double-sided tape to attach it around because once you attach it to the card that further secures the ribbon.
Once your snow globe is together and you have layered paper as desired to the card with a hole on the front, attach your globe to the card: use double-sided tape on the plastic circle edges and use foam tape for the base. Using foam tape for the base makes the entire snow globe stick out evenly from the card.
Then you can decorate the inside of the card as you desire and choose what people see through the globe! Any animal or cute house will do. People are amazed at the snow globe part you will be a total rock star! FYI I mailed these to all different states and they held up perfectly. Just be sure that you check that the weight isn't too much for one stamp. Also, I made them square, but square envelopes cost more to send so I used a 6x9 envelope which is regular postage provided the weight is okay.