Here’s the final result:
So I’ve seen those paper plate snowman snow globes everywhere online over the holidays. I knew I wanted to make one with Nico as he loves shaking the regular ones (it looks like glitter to him, lol). Time went on and we were so busy making all our tree ornaments that time kind of ran out and I put that on my “to do next year” list. Now Valentine’s Day is here and a huge snowfall got me thinking about those paper plate snowman snow globes again, then I thought let’s mix things up!
I just started organizing/making a craft room out of our storage room and I couldn’t find the big paper plates so I got the little ones and decided it would be big enough after all he’s little too, lol. Got the pink and red acrylic paint and he painted the outside of the plate red and inside pink (could be the other way I just asked him and that was his answer). I didn’t cut the window before painting, he’s 2 and his dexterity is still off, so I figured to leave the window in and cut it out after to avoid more paint off the plate than on the plate. At the time I was thinking circle but in the end I took the biggest heart shape cookie cutter traced a heart from it and cut the window into a heart shape (I’ll keep the heart for something else). I took a little baggie, separated the 2 sides and hot glued one to the back of it, following the circle of the plate and cut the excess. My bag was pretty thin, so I did the same with the second side of the bag, just to be safe.
For the background, I didn’t just want want to have hearts, flowers, butterflies or lady bugs (he is a boy after all and even though I have no problem with him loving all those things), I just wanted it to be more him, since he can’t really write (he pretends all the time) yet he couldn’t very well write any Valentine’s Day related words I got thinking… He was done painting and was off to play so I had plenty of time to do so. Then while he was napping, I figured it out, a photo of him! So I searched the hundreds of photos of the last 2 months and found one that was fairly good, not too “CHEESE! big grin” type of photo, which is what he’s into right now. Measured the plate and printed it to fit on some photo paper. So I cut it with just a tiny bit of an edge all around his head and I hot glued (to be sure it stays and for speed reasons) it to the inside of the full plate which is the back, of course.
Then I had him pick some things out of the Valentine’s Day box, little felt hearts, heart erasers with smiles, some hearts, lips, X & O confetti. I asked him to tell me where he wanted what and hot glued the bigger pieces, for the confetti we used regular white glue.
Once it was all dry, I had him do what I think was one of his favorite parts, sprinkle red and white glitter into the background plate. Then I hot glued them together. Gave it to him to shake, just to see I missed a spot and all the glitter fell out (some did stay attached to the background and bag so it still looks ok). Oh well I made sure the hole was glued and whatever was left stayed in there. Now thinking about it I should have just put more in… Oh well, too late.
Looking at the finished product I was thinking the edge of the heart needed something more to really bring it out. So I asked Nico if he wanted to add something around the heart and he pulled a little white ribbon with red hearts out of the box. When I showed him how I could put it he gave me a yes nod. He wanted to do it but I knew white glue won’t work and I didn’t want him to burn himself on the hot glue gun so I did it. He actually sat and watched me do it
After that was done, I attached 2 strips of magnets to the back with the glue gun and voilà! We got ourselves a Valentine’s Day magnetic glitter globe. You could also put a little ribbon hoop to hang it if you prefer.
When I asked him who it was for, he said Dada (grandma), it’s sweet but I think it was more about the pink (her favorite color) than the thought, lol. But he does like giving her things he makes, heck, she gets more then I do, lol.