How to Make a Snow Globe the Easy Way

published Dec 20, 2023
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There’s something whimsical and magical about a snow globe during the winter months — especially if you live somewhere that has never really had a winter wonderland of snow. Not only can snow globes be gorgeous collector items, but they also make beautiful holiday and winter decor for your home. What’s even better than buying snow globes, though, is learning how to make a snow globe yourself.

DIY snow globes are a surprisingly versatile craft that can appeal to adults and kids alike. Whether you want to make pretty decor that matches the style of your home or find a hands-on craft that can help you while away the hours with your kids during holiday break, DIY snow globes are the answer. The five creative snow globe ideas below are sure to get you in the winter spirit. Make one (or all!) and let yourself imagine you’re walking in a winter wonderland from the cozy comfort of your couch.

Classic Christmas Tree Snow Globe

These simple snow globes from The Mama Notes could not be easier to pull together. All you’ll need is a favorite Christmas figurine (these use bottle brush trees), a Mason jar, glitter, and water — plus some strong glue. When it all comes together, you’ll have a mesmerizing display that swirls and glimmers when you shake it. Get the how-to here.

Glass Ornament Snow Globe

When you think of snow globes, you probably think of the heavy tabletop kind. But this project from Hello Wonderful proves you can get the same look of a joyous winter scene within a much smaller setting. A simple glass globe ornament is the key component here; from there, you’ll add the faux snow of your choice as well as tiny shrink-art figurines you draw yourself. Find the instructions here.

Unbreakable Snow Globes

Whether you want to create something with your kids or you want to create something that your kids can’t accidentally break, this DIY from Hello Wonderful is for you. Instead of glass jars, these snow globes are made with clear plastic cups that cover holiday figurines — either store-bought or handmade — and confetti. The effect is pure fun and totally kid-friendly. See the how-to here.

Illuminated Winter Scene

Instead of swirling water, the wow factor for this snow globe — from Bitz & Giggles — comes from a battery-operated light within. The effect is a glowy winter scene that looks equally striking in the daytime and at night. Get the instructions here.

Glowing Snowman

This lit-from-within snowman from Mod Podge Rocks provides a twist on the classic snow globe, as all of its decor is on the outside of the glass jar. Pop it on shelves along with more traditional snow globes for a sweet curated display. Get the tutorial here.