How To Make Your Own "Snow" Globe

Snow globes have long been big sellers all over the world. You can get them in a wide range of beautiful options. But that isn't all. You can make your own snow globes to decorate your home, remind yourself of precious times, and even to give as gifts. They are inexpensive, easy to make, and can even be made with the kids!

Step 1

Gather materials. You have a lot of choices for making snow globes and here is a general list of materials you will need to build your own snow globe.

  • Jar. You will need a clean jar of small to medium size with a tight fitting lid. Many people choose to make them in baby food jars, but you can also use jelly jars, small pickle or olive jars, or anything that will be short enough and wide enough for the scene you are designing. Make sure your jar is really clean.
  • Glue or epoxy. You will need a waterproof glue to attach your scene to the bottom of the lid. You will also need a super glue or sealant for a good seal on the lid.
  • Scene materials. You can use a huge variety of items to make a scene - choose the ones you like. Plastic figures, plastic toys, small glass figures, and pictures are just a few options. You can also make your own items by using oven-baked clay that has been sealed with polymer finish.
  • Falling items. "Snow" is commonly used and can be made by washing eggshells, drying them, and crushing them (in a plastic bag with a rolling pin). You can also use glitter (which is fairly common) or other less common items such as beads, sequins, rice, pearls, sand, or shells. 
  • Fluid. You have a couple of options for your fluid. Water works but your objects will fall quickly and there is a chance that it will get yucky as time goes by. You can add glycerin to slow the falling objects down and use distilled water with the hopes of keeping your water clear and clean over time. You can also use mineral oil or baby oil (which is mineral oil with fragrance) for a slower falling object and a product that is likely to last longer. 
  • Decorative materials. You can decorate your lid for a more finished look. This can be done with fabric, ribbon, or even gluing on the same materials as you are using for your falling objects. 

Step 2

Wash your jar. A clean jar is necessary for a good snow globe. It just won't do to have dust or left over food in your snow globe. Wash and dry your jar before you begin.

Step 3

Create your scene. Your scene will need to be glued or epoxied to the bottom of the jar (the scene will go into the jar when you screw the lid on). Carefully stand all your items up in the glue to get a standing scene. Let your glue or epoxy dry according to the directions.

Step 4

Add your falling objects. Carefully put your falling objects into the bottom of the jar. You can choose one or mix and match for a great looking jar.

Step 5

Fill the jar with fluid. Whatever fluid(s) you choose you should add to your jar now. You want to fill it almost to the top so that there won't be a lot of air in the jar when you are done, but you have to remember you will be adding the volume of your scene to the jar as well.

Step 6

Place the lid on the jar. The lid should carefully be flipped over and the scene slid into the jar (only after the glue is completely dry). You will then tighten the lid on and, if you wish, glue or seal it for a longer lasting jar.

Step 7

Optional-Decorate your jar's lid. You don't have to, but a snow globe will look finished with the lid decorated. You can glue ribbon, fabric, or another object to the lid to decorate it and cover it.

Flip your jar over (the lid will be the bottom now) and watch the "snow" fall. These jars make great objects for gifts and personal touches around the house. Have fun making them and giving them!


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