Sleigh-Ride Snow Globe

Sleigh-Ride Snow Globe

Photography: Stephen Lewis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2001


When real snow is nowhere to be found -- as is the case in many parts of the United States in December -- you can conjure up a one-horse-sleigh ride. With a little shake, our customized snow globe even jingles. The horse, sleigh, and pine tree are model-train-set props. The bell-harness was made with red and black enamel paint and tiny silver beads; the reins were made from waxed twine.


  • 6-inch water globe with base

  • Modeling clay

  • Snowflakes for water globes

  • Horse and sleigh toys

  • Paint (for base and sleigh)

  • Paintbrushes

  • Silver beads (for bells)

  • Waxed twine (for reins)

  • Aluminum foil

  • Drill with a 3/32-bit

  • Screw and washer

  • Silicone sealant

  • Ribbon and bells (optional, for base)


  1. To customize, paint base, sleigh's interior, and jingle harness red; glue on silver beads for bells and waxed twine for reins.

  2. For snowbank, shape modeling clay over an aluminum-foil form, making sure resulting bank fits atop gasket inside base and is visible inside globe.

  3. Press tree, sleigh, and horse into clay to make indentations. Bake clay according to label. Drill a hole into center of bottom of patty with a 3/32-bit; attach to gasket with a screw and washer. Cover seams with silicone sealant. Glue figures in place with sealant. Presoak snow, fill globe with water, and seal. Tie ribbon and bells around base.


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