Okay everyone, I am really excited about this weeks blog! I was recently looking through Pinterest and came across homemade snow globes. It struck me how fun and unique this would be for a gift or a decoration for yourself. What I wasn’t expecting how was easy and reasonable it would be to make! Check out my step by step below:
What you will need:
*NuFun Activities Shrink Ink
*An Inkjet Printer
*Picture of your choosing
*4-6″ wood round
*Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
STEP ONE: Choose the picture that you want to use. After I had picked out my picture, I went into Photoshop and outlined the main image, making the background transparent.
NOTE: If you do not have Photoshop or if you are unfamiliar with it, this step is NOT NECESSARY, and the craft can be done without this step.
STEP TWO: Before printing your image, make sure to increase the brightness by 15-20%. This is a very important step! When the image shrinks, it will be back to its normal coloring.
STEP THREE: Print your image on NuFun Activities Shrink Ink using the settings outlined in the instructions based on your printer. Make sure that you let the ink on the paper completely dry before moving on to the next step. Wait a minimum of 5 minutes.
STEP FOUR: Cut out your image.
STEP FIVE: Ensure your oven is preheated to 350 degrees. Once the oven is ready (do not place this in the oven before it is preheated!) place the cut out Shrink Ink Image onto a baking sheet. Leave in the oven for a full two minutes and then take out.
Tips and tricks to ensure the best quality Shrink, try the below suggestions:
*Place the pan in the oven to warm up before you include the Shrink paper
*Place the image face down on parchment paper in the over
*Be sure to wait a full two minutes before removing your image from the oven
If you take your image out and it is a little curled, put on an oven mitt and flatten it down. The image will cool and become hard very quickly after taken out of the oven, so you must do this step quickly.
STEP SIX: While your Shrink Ink cools, prep your snow globe. I gathered all of my supplies and plugged in my glue gun so it was ready to go.
STEP SEVEN: Glue the trees to the wood round.
I would recommend before you glue the trees down to place your globe on top of the wood and trace lightly around it with a pencil. This will prevent you from gluing the trees outside of where you will be placing the globe, and ensure that you are placing the globe in the center of the wood.
STEP EIGHT: Hot glue your shrink image onto the wood. My shrink was a little small so I made sure to place the trees as far back as I could on the wood, and the shrink image as far to the front as possible.
STEP NINE: Fill your globe with glitter. The size of the shrink image will determine the amount of glitter that you will be using.
STEP TEN: Once the glue that is securing the trees and the shrink image have dried completely, quickly apply hot glue to the pencil line that you drew on your wood piece, flip the wood piece and globe with glitter upside down (to prevent any messes), and glue it to the globe.
STEP ELEVEN: Apply pressure to the wood and globe to ensure it is attached securely. After the glue has dried, flip the globe over. I flipped it over a few times so that the trees also had glitter on them, giving it the freshly snowed look.
STEP TWELVE: Enjoy!!