Tragedy struck! Dad was only trying to help clean the house. He was moving a Snoopy snow globe, when it tumbled to the floor, shattering the fragile glass globe. To be fair, the glue holding the globe in place had failed over ten years ago. It was a disaster waiting to happen. With a little help from the internet, I was able to put this treasured collectible back together. The saga continues in this how-to for fixing a broken snow globe. Watch the video and get more details in the walk-through below.
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First things first, the missing snow globe glass needed replacement. Luckily, Amazon* had what I needed to get started. The replacement globe kits come with the snow and rubber gasket needed. The kit also comes with directions. I measured three times and got the wrong globe, so go just slightly smaller than your base-size. I used the 4″ globe for this project. Additional supplies include distilled water, glycerin, isopropyl alcohol, E6000 Adhesive and patience.
Once getting the kit, you need to soak your snow. This helps them to sink properly once in the water. It took a couple weeks for mine to sink down to the bottom of the glass I was using. Re-wetting them helped.
After your snow is ready, it’s time to re-build your snow globe. Find a nice quiet spot you can lay things out for a couple of days. Gather some towels and paper towels cause you’re going to need them. Plus, get all your supplies handy for the build. Read the included directions again. Next, get started.
The snow globe replacement kit was pretty easy to use. If you want to save a few bucks, you could try a local thrift store to find just the right size donor globe. However, the kit might be easier and quicker in the long run. Another note is that sources on the internet said to use liquid dish soap instead of glycerin. Because of the dyes used in most soaps, I decided my collectible warranted the more expensive solution. Finding glycerin locally was tricky, so I just bought mine on Amazon*.
Fixing a broken snow globe cost around $25. I already had the E6000 glue and isopropyl alcohol. While it isn’t cheap, it can be more cost effective than buying a different snow globe. If you have globes that have condition issues, it shouldn’t be too difficult to use these same materials and give them new life. There are also full kits with the base if you want to try making a custom snow globe creation.
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