There are always gift cards on people's Christmas lists. They don't know quite what they want, but they do know where they like to shop. Gift cards are always nice, but I think they can be a little on the boring side. It is just a card...similar to giving money. Everyone wants cash to shop and it's nice to have credit to a store you love, but lets face it, it is not the most exciting gift to open in the world.
My parents used to give my sister and I money for Christmas as one of our gifts, and instead of just putting it in an envelope, they would get $2 bills (very unique) and put them in a big box and wrap it up. It was GREAT! We had another gift to open and they were $2 bills!! Not a lot of people go shopping with those.
Inspired by Christmas traditions, I wanted to spice up gift card giving this year by doing something fun and creative. I thought of the holiday season and the decorations that were out there...how could I incorporate a gift card with holiday decor? As I was panning Pinterest for holiday decoration and gift giving ideas I came across a snow globe. This was perfect! The gift cards are small enough to fit in a jar and it is a fun decoration people can use after they take out the gift card.
I put my own personal spin on the snow globe and made a CONFETTI SNOW GLOBE (no water). Check it out!
Jar with screw on lid
Large Confetti (trees, snowflakes)
Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Lay out all of your Christmas figurines and confetti to get an idea of how you will design your globe. I put the figurines on the bottom of the jar along with some tree confetti. I saved the snowflake confetti for the lid to seem as if it were falling down.
Step 2: Warm up your hot glue gun.
Step 3: Wash out your jar.
Step 4: Start gluing! I started with the bottom scene for the jar. I first glued a MAIN figurine (Snowman, Santa, Elf, etc.) in the middle as the focal point. Make sure to secure it where you can see it well from the outside.
Step 5: Start placing other confetti and items around the main figurine (snowman in this case) to build a scene. I had little presents and confetti trees that I glued around the snowman.
Step 6: Once the bottom is to your liking, start on the top of the lid. Flip the lid upside down and start to glue confetti. I used snowflake confetti and layered them to give the waterfall effect of falling. Make sure to glue far enough away from the edges of the lid - it still needs to screw on the jar.
Step 7: Place the gift car on the lid with the confetti - it will hang down. Use a small amount of hot glue to secure it to the lid. This way, the person receiving the gift can simple take off the lid and remove the gift card and still use the Snow Globe.
Step 8: Pour in some of the artificial snow. You will not need a lot, just enough to cover the bottom of the jar. It will act as "SNOW" on the ground around your scene.
Step 9: Secure the lid onto the jar and enjoy your CONFETTI SNOW GLOBE. Shake it around and watch the snow fall.
Who wouldn't enjoy getting a gift card like this!