Lately at his office he's been all about decorating for the holidays. I stopped by to get a step by step tutorial from him on how to make your own mason jar snow globes.
Russell's notes about the globes:
These mason jar "Faux Globes" may just be the simplest craft project ever: you can really do no wrong, so experiment to your heart's content. The beauty of this project is that it rises to the level of your own creativity, patience, and Christmas cheer, and all levels are successful. And like most of the other crafts I enjoy, it requires no actual artistic ability or learned technical skill!
My sweetie Mark generously agreed to indulge my insane longtime Christmas fanaticism and transform our Thanksgiving holiday from quiet-woodsy-retreat into a full-blown holiday-craft snow-globe-production sweatshop. Our different "artistic" styles become instantly evident and really speak to the versatility of the project: I prefer a traditional/cheery Christmas winterscape (Tim Burton-esque glittery balls, snowmen, candy canes) whereas Mark fashioned the more cerebral/conceptual creations (he used the word "specimen" more times than I personally recall from my childhood holiday carols).
Wine bottle corks or styrofoam balls cut in half
Ornaments or toys
*The only thing to really keep in mind is that if you choose to use real branches, leaves, or pine cones, you get the added bonus of condensation from the last exhalations of Oxygen of the plants, which will either annoyingly cloud the jar with dampness or delightfully mist the jar with Yuletide dew, depending on your innate level of optimism.
For the purposes of instruction, I'll give you some basic steps for building, but consider this a skeleton description from which you should build up. (To say Mark is horrified by the simplicity and inelegance of this design is not an understatement. He adorably approached each globe as a comprehensive pronouncement of his relative emotional state, as concise and evocative as Elizabeth Kubler Ross's