How to Make Snow Globes

| December 8, 2014 | 32 Comments

Homemade Globes are easy and inexpensive to make with your kids for the Holiday Season.  They make perfect gifts for your kid’s school teacher, bus driver, or favourite instructor.  I can never get tired of flipping them over and watching the sparkles fall down. You can create a different winter scenery for every room in your house!

I find that a Mason preserve jar works best but a baby-food, olive and pickles jar will be just as good.  It’s best to use plastic or ceramic figurines metal ones will rust, and you can purchase some, as well as synthetic evergreen, at Micheal’s or a dollar store.

You can also paint the jar lids with oil-based enamel paint to give it a seasonal colour. The inside of the lid needs to be sanded until the surface is rough so the figurine will adhere better. Glue  the figurine to the inside of the lid with clear-drying epoxy and let it dry.

Almost done!  Next step is to fill the jar one centimeter to the top with distilled water, add a pinch of colourful Christmas glitters (red/green/silver) and a drop of glycerin. The glycerin will keep the glitters from falling too quickly at the bottom of the jar.  If you add too much, the glitters will stick to the bottom of the jar when you flip it. Be careful when you screw on the lid tightly so you don’t dislodge the figurines. Turn the jar over, shake it up gently and let it snow!


What you need:

  1. Jar
  2. Plastic or ceramic figurines
  3. Synthetic evergreen
  4. Oil-based enamel paint
  5. Clear-drying epoxy
  6. Distilled water
  7. Glitter
  8. Glycerin (available at drugstores)


 Photo credit: Canadian Veggie / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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Category: Christmas Crafts, Crafts, Ottawa

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I do love this idea of making snow globes yourself. I didn’t know it was really quite easy to do. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  2. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    Now this is really cool! I know my boys would love to do this.

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    This is such a neat craft! Yours looks gorgeous and I love the glitter effect! Thanks for sharing!

  4. KD says:

    I had never thought of doing this. When my daughter is older, it would be fun to try this together.

  5. cbrazil says:

    This will go great with the teacher’s gift – thanks for the idea!

  6. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing this will make a great project to do with the children over the holidays

  7. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    That sounds like a fun project. Snow globes are beautiful.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Great idea I will have to make these with our girls!

  9. kathy downey says:

    Thanks,we had fun with this the kids were very impressed with it all

  10. Veronica S. says:

    I”m going to try this with my little boys.

  11. lynn clayton says:

    this is such a god idea. im going to try this.

  12. kathy downey says:

    We tried but didnt seem to be as nice as yours

  13. kathy downey says:

    we are going to give these another try next weekend when the grandkids

  14. kathy downey says:

    I love the glitter effect! Real cute

  15. Anne Taylor says:

    This is so simple!! I bet my grandkids would love to make some; I’ll be bookmarking this page! Thanks

  16. kathy downey says:

    I cant wait to give this another go this Fall

  17. Tricia Hope says:

    Wow my toddler crafter could so do this.Thanks for sharing!

  18. kathy downey says:

    We are hoping to try this again on the weekend if the weather holds up so the grandkids can come !

  19. Julie says:

    These look fun! And something different is always fun!

  20. Darlene Demell says:

    I never realized these were so easy to make. My grandchildren would love to make these.
    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Linda H says:

    My grandchildren love snow globes.

  22. S. Stewart says:

    Wow; I truly never knew one could make their own snow globe so easily! This is quite a surprising find — thanks!

  23. micheline says:

    Thank you for sharing this, I never knew you could make snow globes.

  24. Sandra Dufoe says:

    Thanks for this wonderful idea going to make them with my granddaughter so she can make a gift for her parents.

  25. Debbie White-Beattie says:

    This is such a cool idea and I love the pictures above

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