DIY Snow Globes

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

I know I’m not alone in being completely charmed by all of the pretty snow globes that have popped up all over Pinterest the past couple of holiday seasons. I mean, is there anything as sweet and nostalgic as snow globes? I kind of think not. So this year I decided to try my hand at making my own snow globes and called on my girl Alice to join me in the fun!

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

Supplies -

  • Clean jars with lids
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin (available at most pharmacies)
  • Plastic or ceramic animals, trees and/or figurines
  • Tinsel glitter (mine is from Michaels)
  • Epoxy
  • Sand paper

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

First up, make sure your jars are cleaned and dried thoroughly. Using your sandpaper, scuff up the underside of the lid and then attach your chosen figurines using a bit of epoxy. (You can find mini Christmas trees, plastic deer and other little characters at places like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.) Epoxy is going to be your best defense against water over time, but it can be a bit thick and stinky so be sure to use it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Let the epoxy set completely and then fill your jar just short of full with distilled water. (You can get distilled water anywhere that you buy bottled water.)

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

Next up, add the tiniest drop of glycerin to the water. If you add too much it’s going to make the water kind of thick and chunky so depending on the size of your jar, you’re likely not going to want more than one drop. (But don’t skip this step because the glycerin helps suspend the glitter in the water giving it that snowy effect.) Add your glitter to the jar, using more or less depending on how snowy you’d like your snow globe to appear. For best results, I found using tinsel glitter (which has larger glitter particles) worked best and gave the best snow-like look.

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

And that’s about it! Insert your figurine and screw the lid on firmly and give it a good shake! I absolutely love how these turned out. For a bit of extra fun, you could paint or decorate the lid of the jar. Mine was white so I kind of liked the simple look, but you could spray paint the lids first or gussy it up with washi tape. These are perfect to give as gifts or to spend an afternoon crafting with the kiddos. Trust me, kids of all ages love snow globes!

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson DIY snow globes from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G. Patterson

{Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.}

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OMMMMMGGGGGG!! You know im all over this mini treat!!! Clara and I will be making these!!

So cute!! where did you get the tree stand- Michaels as well?

So cute! I pinned this and am so doing it for Christmas!

That’s such a great idea! Love it!

Love this! Scooch and I are going to make some of these during his holiday break.

Can’t wait to try these, super cute!

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Victoria

This is so darling!! Just wondering what you used on the tree to make it look so snowy?

Cynthia

I have added the glycerin to the water but it won´t thicken… Is there different kinds of glycerin? I bought it in a drugstore…

cyd

Hi Cynthia! I’m really not sure why it would be working, I got mine at the drugstore too and the first two attempts I actually added way too much and the glitter was clumping up in the water. Just a note – the water itself won’t visibly appear to be thicker, the glycerin just acts to thicken it just enough to keep the glitter suspended a little longer before it falls, giving it that snow globe effect. When in doubt I’d suggest just playing with it and adding more, one drop at a time, until it seems right to you. I hope this helps!

Great tutorial! I’m sure the kids would love this :)

JENNIE

Such a cute project! Do you know if the bottle brush trees will last in water?

cyd

Hi Jennie! Mine seem to have help up fine, just pulled them out from last year. Hope this helps! :-)

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