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Put down the credit card and get crafty

Skip spending on gift certificates and boring sweaters this year. Instead, whip up presents your loved ones will cherish even more.

The overcrowded malls have you in a bad mood? This year, “make the holidays a joyful part of your life instead of something you have to check off of a chore list,” says Tina Barseghian, author of “A Homemade Christmas.” Her advice? Roll up your sleeves and make a gift with your own two hands. Barseghian’s new book is stocked with crafty ideas so you can add personal touches to your tokens of appreciation. We really like these snowglobes; details are outlined below.

Make your own winter wonderland

1 Choose miniatures (e.g., houses, trees, deer, elves or Santa) made of plastic, rubber, glass or ceramic that can be purchased at a toy store, a specialty dollhouse shop or online.

2 Pick out a clear glass jar with a lid from your recycling bin.

3 Use a strong, waterproof glue to affix miniatures to the inside of the lid of the jar. The lid is going to act as the base of your snow globe.

4 Fill the jar with water and a good dose of glitter or fake snow, which can be purchased at a craft store. For an all-natural snow substitute, thoroughly clean and lightly crumble eggshells.

5 When the glue has dried on the jar lid with your miniatures securely attached, carefully place the lid onto the top of the jar and screw it on tightly.

6 Glue around the edge of the lid to make sure it’s completely sealed from leaks.

7 Place your snow globe on your mantel or tabletop, and give it a shake whenever you want a little sparkle.

 
 
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