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Photo Snow Globes – Make Your Own in 15 Minutes (or Your Money Back!)

photosnowglobe-feature.jpgThe great snow gods have not been kind to us this year. If you’re still pining for wintery white, or just hoping it’d go away, we recommend a quick (and heartfelt) appeal.

Luckily, we have just the thing to melt their frosty disposition: Photojojo’s Make-Your-Own Photo Snow Globes.

Grab a bottle, photo, glitter, and corn syrup and you’re on your way to making an offering not even the gods could refuse.*

* Rigorous, double-blind studies have also proven Photo Snow Globes effective in melting the hearts of spouses, friends, and children.


Ingredient List

  • Water Bottle or empty mason jarFredworks great! 


  • Two photos(or 1 transparency) 


  • Clear packing tape, the wider the better. 


  • Scissors 


  • Goo Gone 


  • Glitter & sparkles 


  • Clear (light) Corn Syrup 


  • Good old-fashioned Water 

Step 1: Clean your Bottle

Peel any labels and stickers off your bottle, scraping it gently to remove as much as possible. Apply Goo-Gone with a paper towel and spread it onto any sticky surfaces left on your bottle. Let it sit for a few mins, then rub it off.

You should now be left with a clean bottle. (Later, rinse, and repeat if necessary.)

Step 2: Crop your Photos

Trim your two photos (or your single transparency) to about a half an inch shorter and thinner than your bottle or jar, leaving enough space to let the photo float freely but snug.

Step 3: Waterproof your Photos

If you’re using a transparency, skip this step. Otherwise…

Measure out enough tape to cover both sides of your photos, with a little bit extra for a small border.

Lay down a strip of tape sticky side up and press the first photo face down onto it. Ease it down from top to bottom, pressing gently to remove air bubbles. Use a second piece of tape to cover the rest of your photo if your first piece wasn’t wide enough (overlap a little to prevent water from entering.)

Now turn your photo over and put the second photo down on top of your first photo so they’re back-to-back. As before, use tape to cover the surface of the second photo, making a photo sandwich. Remember that the tape is waterproofing your photos, so don’t leave any areas untaped, watch out for tears, and make sure the edges are tightly closed.

Finally, trim the edges so there’s no more than a quarter of an inch on each side.

Step 4: Plop that Sucker in!

Roll up your photo and put it through the opening at the top of your bottle. Do it quickly so the photo doesn’t stay rolled up for long. It’ll unroll on its own after a while.

Step 5: Activate Photo Snow Globe!

Pour water, corn syrup, and glitter into your bottle. We found that a 50-50 water/corn syrup mixture slows down the falling glitter perfectly. And it kind of tastes like flat Sprite. Without lemon or lime.

Ta-Da! Shake and enjoy.

Make it Extra Special

  • Use a jar instead of a water bottle. 


  • Use a grater to grind up a white PVC pipe to create plastic snow. 


  • Glue the cap onto your jar to make sure no water comes out when you shake it. 


  • Use a glue gun to draw on the outside of your jar or bottle, then pour glitter onto hot glue for a neat effect. 


  • Use a transparency (try the local copy shop) instead of photos. 


  • Add sequins and buttons to your glitter for variety

Bharat Ratna

INDIA HAS produced a legacy of brave hearts since times immemorial. Probably there is not enough space to measure their sacrifices. However, we cannot close our eyes to those people who have made our country proud by excelling in their own fields and bringing us international recognition.

There is some controversy or the other associated with the Padma awards, Arjuna awards and even the National film awards every year. This year it is the turn of belittling the Bharat Ratna. Ever since the BJP leader and leader of the Opposition LK Advani wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, recommending Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name for Bharat Ratna, a growing list of names has started doing the rounds. This list includes Mulayam Singh Yadav, Charan Singh, Jyoti Basu, Mohd Rafi, SB Chavan and many others. And it is increasing with each passing day. Campaigning for any award devalues its prestige. By going public with the names for Bharat Ratna, the proposers have caused embarrassment to the nominees as well as the jury. In successive acts of ‘me-too-ism’, politicians have named the senior leaders of their parties or communities.

Ever since it was instituted in 1954, which is 54 years ago, only 40 persons from various fields, mostly of high eminence, but some with doubtful credentials to lay claim to the honour, have been honoured with it. And the most important person, who is missing in this list, is Mahatma Gandhi! By hindsight, it seems befitting, as he obviously stands much above even the Bharat Ratnas. VV Giri, K Kamaraj, MG Ramachandran and Rajiv Gandhi, were the controversial recipients, it was felt at that time, that they were being awarded with political motives rather than for their stellar credentials, though of course all of them did make their contributions to the nation in some way. But the lingering feeling remains whether they did enough to deserve the honour.

The last time the nation’s highest civilian award was announced was in 2001, the year it was given to two non-political personalities, but to a playback queen Lata Mangeshkar and Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan. Given the fierce politicking over Bharat Ratnas, this year may well be the seventh time in a row that the award is not announced. It’s an irony that our political leaders are fighting over an issue that is associated with dignity and self-respect. Indian politicians once again demonstrated how stupid they could be. We common people are the real Bharat Ratnas, for whom there is no difference between a Muslim, Tamil, Brahmin or a Bengali.