The shimmering magic of snowfall is always transfixing, whether it's outside your window or inside this classic toy. Homemade globes let you create a wintry scene straight out of your own imagination.

Updated October 21, 2020
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Learn how to make your very own snow globe with this simple DIY that's perfect for the season. And, the materials are easy to source—almost any jar works for this project. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines, as metal ones are prone to rust. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores to round out your wintry scene.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

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

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Step 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.

Step 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. 

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Step 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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