Make a snow globe

Posted on Updated on

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.

Make a snow globeMake a snow globe

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

About these ads

20 thoughts on “Make a snow globe

    Danielle said:
    December 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    oh my goodness! That’s adorable! I never thought to make snow globes before and this is just precious. I might have to try this soon!

      Janette responded:
      December 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      It is too cute and the kids love them!

    carine said:
    December 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.

      Janette responded:
      December 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      My pleasure:)

    Faith said:
    December 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    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!

      Janette responded:
      December 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

      What a great idea as a craft to sell easy and effective :)

    KatiesCameraBlog said:
    December 4, 2011 at 6:14 am

    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! :)

      Janette responded:
      December 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

      They are magical, I’ve always loved them too!

    Liz said:
    December 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    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,

      Janette responded:
      December 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Liz, thanks so much for thinking of me!! Jxx

    Sara said:
    December 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I want to make some of these! I’m pinning this right now so I don’t forget. Thanks Janette!

    beberouge said:
    December 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    awww I remember doing this at school as a littley great idea! Your snow globes look great xx

    xandimusic said:
    December 5, 2011 at 7:14 am

    oh, fantastic! When I was a child I likek these globes :D

    Kelsey said:
    November 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    What a great idea! I have just become a primary school teacher, I now have this lovely idea for the kids to do at Christmas!!

    Kim said:
    November 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    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.

      Janette responded:
      November 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing, I’ve always loved snow globes, and now my children do too!

    Darlene said:
    November 16, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Love this, will have to make one with my granddaughter..

    Jenny said:
    November 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    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!

    […] Make a snow globe: […]

    windows 8 activator said:
    April 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site.

    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant
    for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Exceptional work!

Thank you for leaving a comment I love reading them and really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you were here!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s