How to make a Snow Globe

Over on Tots100 this month, there’s a brilliant competition to win a spa day – in exchange for your top Christmas crafts.

Obviously, I can’t win but it seems like the perfect excuse to show you what is basically our ONLY successful Christmas craft project – home-made snow globes. They’re dead simple to make and we like to make personalised backdrops so the globes make cute presents for teachers and relatives.

How to make a Snow Globe

First, you’ll need some nice glass jars. Mason jars work well, and we also like these rounded jars from Ikea, which are £1.90 for four. Bargain.

Remove the lid from your jar and superglue the base of your chosen festive figure to the inside of the jar lid. We like to use Playmobil figures as they’re waterproof and about the right size.

Set the figure aside to dry.

Print a backdrop for your jar, and glue it to the outside of the jar. Use a layer of PVA to seal the label to the jar.

Next, fill the jar almost to the top with water, and then add a generous spoonful of glycerin.

Add your chosen glitter – confetti stars work well, but any glitter works – you only need a small amount though, about half a teaspoon full.

Once your figure is dry, turn it upside down and put the lid back onto the jar. A lining of superglue will ensure your lid remains firmly closed and watertight.

And you’re done – just shake to feel the festive magic. 

Snow Globe Tutorial



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 4th December 2012 / 2:55 pm

    So sweet! Love the snowman with the saucepan hat, so comical!
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  2. 4th December 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Love it! We made something similar last year- my son was VERY concerned that we were messing with high explosives. Had to point out the absence of the nitro prefix to the glycerin!
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  3. TheBoyandMe
    4th December 2012 / 9:16 pm

    Very cute, I love this. I was going to make one in a few weeks but didn’t know about the glycerin, thanks!

  4. Andrea
    10th December 2012 / 9:57 pm

    So is that snowman a Playmobil figure? He is so cute. And from the picture I thought maybe you’d made him out of dough or clay or something. I’m having a kids party this weekend and we’re making snow globes. Finding figures has been tricky because they need to be a certain size and they need to be inexpensive.