Instructions for Making a Snow Globe

Homemade Snow Globe
Homemade Snow Globe (Image: AP Photo/Kiddley)

Making your own holiday gifts is an affordable and personal alternative to buying presents for everyone on your list. One idea that remains popular from year to year is the homemade snow globe. This is a timeless, memorable holiday gift that even your kids can be involved in creating.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass jar with lid
  • Water or mineral/baby oil
  • Glitter and/or eggshells
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Small figurines or other ornaments

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Reuse a clear glass jar for the globe. This could be a baby food jar, canning jar, jelly jar, or whatever you have. Make sure that the jar you choose has a tight-fitting lid.

Fix your diorama scene to the inside of the jar lid. Use superglue or another fast-drying, clear adhesive.

Pour water or mineral oil into the jar. Using oil will make your glitter fall more slowly after being shaken.

Add glitter to the jar of water or oil. You may also add crushed eggshells for snow.

Screw the lid securely onto the jar. Use clear adhesive to seal the lid to the jar if desired.

Shake and enjoy!

Tips & Warnings

  • If using water, you may add glycerin to make the glitter fall more slowly.
  • Glue a piece of plastic or florists' clay to the inside of the jar lid and fix your scene on top to elevate it.
  • Supervise children.
  • Use caution with adhesive, as many glues and sealants are toxic.
  • Make sure that your ornaments or figurines inside the snow globe are waterproof!
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