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23 Fun and Easy Homemade Snow Globe Ideas

Whether you want to learn how to make a snow globe without glycerin, with a picture, or in a mason jar, we've got the tutorial for you.

By: Chelsea Scarnegie, Editor,
Homemade Snow Globes

Creating a homemade snow globe with the family should be the first thing on your Christmas bucket list. You'll love the way these 23 Fun and Easy Homemade Snow Globe Ideas turn out, and before you know it, you'll be making snow globes left and right. Maybe of these homemade snow globes even utilize plastic toys or figures that make for charming, personalized keepsakes that will be adored by both young and old. No matter how you choose to bring your creation to life, the perfect snow globe craft is right at your fingertips.

How to Make a Snow Globe in a Mason Jar

Glow in the Dark DIY Snow Globe

Before you do anything else with your mason jar snow globe, be sure to use hot glue to secure the two parts of the lid together. The insert should have a rubber seal on it; otherwise, your snow globe will leak. Decorative mason jars might not have this seal, so it's best to find jars specifically made for canning or crafting. As you finish, you can even use hot glue to seal the lid onto the jar to be extra safe.

When gluing your figurines to the inside of the lid, be careful not to cover the outer rubber seal - this could cause your snow globe to leak as well!

If you choose to use glycerin, you only need about 2 tablespoons for the swirling snow effect. Fill your mason jar with water, leaving about an inch of space for the glycerin.

Here are some adorable snow globes with mason jars to get you started:

How to Make a Snow Globe Without Glycerin

Olaf in a Snow Storm Snow Globe

No glycerin? No problem! There are plenty of ways you can substitute glycerin when bringing your homemade snow globes to life. Some glycerin alternatives include light corn syrup, mineral oil, baby oil, or a clear cooking oil.

Conversely, you can omit a substitute altogether! The Olaf in a Snow Storm Snow Globe (pictured left) just uses water and glitter glue. And the Frosty the Friendly DIY Snow Globe is another water-only snow globe that's perfect for little hands.

You can also consider making a waterless snow globe. Although the snow won't be swirling inside, this style of snowglobe makes for a simple project that won't turn yellow with age.

For more glycerin-free snow globe ideas, check out the projects below:

How to Make a Snow Globe with a Picture Inside

Let it Snow Globe

The best way to make a snow globe with a picture inside is to use the waterless method. That way, you don't have to worry about your photo being ruined by any leaks, and you can always recover your photo if you decide you want it back for something else. These snow globes look just as lovely as the snow globes with photo inserts you can find at the store, and you can personalize them however you want. With fun touches like bottle brush trees, you can put your loved ones in their own winter wonderland.

This Let it Snow Globe featured left is one of our favorite homemade snow globe ideas! Snow globes with pictures inside also lend themselves to fun homemade ornaments. Check out these two ideas for turning your favorite photos into snow globe ornaments:

What would you put in your homemade snow globe? Tell us below!

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