How to Make Snow Globes

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
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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


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