How to Make Snow Globes

Snowfall is always transfixing, whether it's outside your window or inside this classic toy. Follow these steps to make homemade globes and create a wintry scene straight out of your imagination.

DIY jar snow globes

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Create your own little winter wonderland this year by making a snow globe. This simple DIY is perfect for the season and its materials are easy to source: Almost any jar (storage, jam, or jelly) works, but a wide-mouth iteration is ideal (it gives you more room to position the details of your wintry vignette). Glycerin can found in your pharmacy's health and beauty aisle, while epoxy and glitter are likely in your craft room.

The details inside your snow globe are just as important, if not more, than the globe itself. Why not populate the snowy hill with a tiny polymer clay snowman? Roll three white balls in descending sizes, squeeze a few dots of glue, and stack them, then roll off even tinier details (a carrot nose, black button eyes, scarf, and top hat) to give him a personality. You can also use toy figurines like reindeer, skiers, carolers, or a jolly Santa. For a personalized touch, ask your child if she can find the perfect figurine toy to display inside her snow globe.

Hoping to create a more traditional, long-lasting globe? Look for plastic or ceramic figurines, as metal ones are prone to rust. To round out your nostalgic wintry scene, turn to synthetic evergreen tips, which are available at many floral-supply stores.

What You'll Need


  • Synthetic evergreen tips
  • Oil-based enamel paint (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Glitter
  • Glycerin
  • Plastic or ceramic figurines
  • Glass jar
  • Clear-drying epoxy


  1. snow globe materials

    If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint.

  2. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurines to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.

  3. Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don't add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it's flipped.

  4. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again—and let it snow.

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