Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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Another holiday morning after:

You come to wearing a lampshade, mistletoe strewn everywhere, lying on a four-foot-high pile of empty airplane-size liquor bottles.

You’ll never remember that party, but at least you can remember the aftermath.

Turn those baby booze bottles to bauble: fill them with photos and hang them on your tree.

Who to enshrine in your miniature snowglobe wonderland? How about:

  • The cabbie who drove you home
  • The pal who drew on you with a Sharpie
  • The co-worker who now winks at you for reasons you can’t recall
  • The saints that invented Pepto-Bismol, Alka-Seltzer and Tylenol

Who knows? Maybe next year you’ll have learned your lesson. (Yeah, right.) Read on to learn how to make ’em. Happy Chrismukkawanzaa everybody!

Make Your Own Snowglobe Ornaments for Chrismukkawanzaa!

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What You’ll Need


  • Airplane-size booze bottles — small spice jars work too if you’re on the wagon
  • Light corn syrup
  • Water
  • A mixing container with a spout
  • Glitter — white and/or silver looks the most like snow
  • A piece of scrap paper
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • Clear packing tape
  • A pen or pencil (optional)
  • Colored string or embroidery floss
  • Gobs and gobs o’ cheery holiday spirit

Step 1: Drink Up!

First, empty out the liquor bottles. Drink as many as you can in the space of five minutes.

Repent. Rethink. Repeat.

When you’re done, peel off the labels, wash the bottles and let them dry inside and out.

Take two aspirin and a nap. Then move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Mixology

In a container that has a spout, mix equal parts of corn syrup and water.

Make enough liquid to fill all the snowglobes you want to make.

Step 3: Sparkle Sparkle!

glitterFold a piece of paper of scrap paper in half. Pour some glitter* into the the valley of the fold.

Now use the creased paper like a funnel to help you pour glitter into the bottle without spilling it everywhere.

*FYI, you can make realistic-looking “snow” by shredding a white PVC pipe with a cheese grater. Weird, right?

Step 4: Cut ‘Em Down to Size

Measure the width and height of the widest part of the bottle.

Crop your photo to that size in Photoshop (or whatever program you’re into these days).

Print the photo and use scissors to cut it out.

Step 5: Seal ‘Em Up

tapeWaterproof the photo by covering it completely with packing tape. Cover both sides and make sure there’s nowhere for water to seep in.

Step 6: Roll ‘Em Up

rollRoll the photo up small enough to fit into the neck of the bottle. Bending it around a pencil helps.

Insert the rolled-up photo into the bottle. The photo should flatten out on its own, but if it doesn’t, use the end of the pencil to poke it back into shape.

Step 7: Fill ‘Er Up

pourWith a steady hand (see why you needed a nap?) pour the liquid carefully into the bottle.

Fill it up to the top, then put the cap back on the bottle.

Step 8: Tie It Off

tieCut a 5-6″ length of colored string, and tie a knot around the neck of the bottle. Then tie a larger loop so you can hang your ornament on the tree.

Step 9: Hang ‘Em High

hangThat’s about it! Go hang your fabulicious new ornament on your Festivity Object of choice, be it Kwanzaa tree, Christmas shrub or Festivus pole. Happy holidays!

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Photo credit: Mat Honan