Make a snow globe

Christmas is the perfect time for crafting with children. There are so many easy and achievable crafts they can manage and enjoy doing with great results!

Despite it being officially summer here in New Zealand, yesterday we made snow globes and I thought I’d share with you how its done so you can make your own too.

Make a snow globeYou are going to need some small plastic or ceramic figurines (something that’s not going to dissolve or rust under water).  I spotted a nice selection at a cake decorating store a while back which were perfect (and cheap!), I imagine most craft stores would have something suitable.  I didn’ t get a shot of the little trees as they wouldn’t stand up! You could also re-purpose small Christmas tree decorations for a snow globe too.

Make a snow globeAssorted glass jars…

Make a snow globeSome glitter for snow.  Silver is the obvious choice, we did make a couple of multi coloured snow ones too. Other ideas I read about include buying craft snow, or grating up a piece of white plastic…

Make a snow globeGlycerine- this helps make your water thicker so that the snow doesnt fall too quickly…

Make a snow globe

I didn’t take a photo of the glue – use an epoxy resin or a contact adhesive – something that’s going to hold up underwater.  I don’t think a glue gun would work too well here.  I also used small assorted plastic lids from milk bottles and small jars to make a stage for the figures to stand on – this just lifts the scene up a bit so it shows well above the jar thread.

Arrange your scene on top of the upturned jar lid and glue everything to the base and then glue the stage to the inside of the lid you are using for your snow globe.

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Pour cooled boiled water into your jar until it is almost full. Add a dash of glycerine (use your discretion here I gave them a good glug) and some glitter.  Too much glitter resulted in a snow storm, so much so a couple had to be emptied out and refilled with water! Sprinkling glitter is a lot of fun! A little sprinkle is fine…

Make a snow globeScrew the lid on very tightly – this is a Mum or Dad kind of job. Repeat as many times as desired!!  Admire you snow globes!

Make a snow globe

Make a snow globe

Make a snow globe

21 thoughts on “Make a snow globe

  1. Faith says:

    We made some a couple of weeks ago and sold them at the school fayre…..I love snow globes ….so magical….have you seen Mary Poppins when the little boy has one of Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London I thin that’s why I like them so much….magic!


  2. KatiesCameraBlog says:

    Snow globes are a bit magical just by definition, so to actually make them is even more magical. I love these! I don’t have kids, but I just might make some for myself. 🙂

    You are just so wonderful to share things like this, Janette! 🙂


  3. Liz says:

    This is so clever. What a fun project for the kids. I have given you a favorite blog award. The details are on my most recent post. It is the leibster blog award. (Less than 200 followers)
    I wasn’t sure how many followers you have, but thought I would give it to you anyway, because I love your blog.
    Thanks for all of your crafty/ crochet inspiration,


  4. Kim says:

    My sister passed in 2005. She LOVED collecting snow globes. This Christmas, I’m planning to give all of her kids a custom made snow globe. Thank you SO much for sharing this idea. I’m SURE they will be loved by each and every one of them. Thanks again.


  5. Jenny says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!! We work with CAMP VIP(Children in Foster Care) Great craft idea that would be really cheap for the children at camp, no matter what time of year! Thank you!


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