Looking for how to make a snow globe? It’s easy to make your own DIY snow globe with only a few supplies! Kids will love helping to make these for Christmas gifts this year.
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How to Make a DIY Snow Globe
Kids will absolutely love making their own snow globe this Christmas! These make great gifts that you can personalize with photos inside of them. You can give them as gifts to family, friends or even make ones with Christmas decorations inside for teachers.
We made some sensory style snow globes also – these are basically just glitter and other kinds of Christmas items that would be fine in water (confetti and pom poms work well). You can see the sensory version in the video below.
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The sensory bottles are great for kids to relax and watch the glitter fall down. They can also shake it up and you don’t have to worry about it breaking because it’s plastic.
Our favorite version is including a photo inside!
We’ll walk you through the step-by-step instructions for how to make your own DIY photo snow globe. It’s really easy to make.
DIY Snow Globe Supplies
Here are the supplies you will need:
- Plastic snow globe – you can get them from craft stores or here
- Laminated picture – get a laminator here
- Iridescent chunky glitter
- Small snowflake glitter
- Small silver or iridescent sequins
- Small snowmen or other item to add inside for decoration– we got ours from the dollar store in the Christmas village section
- Distilled water
- Hot glue
How to Make a Homemade Snow Globe
1. First, get a plastic snow globe and picture.
You can find plastic snow globes here. The plastic versions are perfect for making with kids.
Measure the size of your photo and laminate it. You can get a laminator from Amazon here.
2. Hot glue your laminated photo to the inside base of the snow globe.
Adults should do this part.
3. Gather the supplies you want to put inside.
For the “snow” falling effect, we really like this chunky iridescent glitter. This will give you a snow falling effect but won’t be too opaque like regular glitter which may obstruct your view of the photo.
We also added in a few small silver sequins and some small snowflake confetti. Don’t add too much glitter and confetti to start. You can always add more after if you feel it is not enough.
4. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin.
This will help the glitter fall a little slower in the water. The glycerin is optional, however, we do recommend it.
5. Fill your snow globe with distilled water.
You’ll want to leave a little space from the top for the lid and base to go back on.
6. Add your base back in.
Make sure you allow some time for the hot glue to fully dry before adding the base into the water. You may need to fold the picture in slightly to fit it back into the snow globe.
If you want to keep the snow globe for many years to come we recommend not hot gluing the lid closed so you can top up the water in a few years if needed.
However, if you’re letting kids play with it, be sure to supervise them. It is plastic so it won’t break but if the lid loosens you may experience some water leakage. If you want to ensure it won’t leak, you can hot glue the lid on. Just keep it mind you won’t be able to open it later to add more water if needed.
We just love how easy these are to make! We hope you have fun making them!
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