How to make a snow globe - tips and tricks (a tutorial)


Every year  I tell myself to try out a DIY snow globe and I finally did! *pats self on back for actually doing it* 

There are just a few steps:
1. Glue elements to lid of glass jar.
2. Fill jar with water. Add glycerin. Add glitter. Stir mixture.
3. Screw back jar lid.
4. Enjoy your DIY snow globe.


Tips and tricks (I learned the hard way!)

1. Distilled water 
You can use tap water if you like but distilled water has no minerals so you get a nice clear display).

2. Glycerin 
The addition of glycerin makes your "snow" flow slower.

3.. Waterproof glue for best results
Now this is really important because I started glueing down my elements with Glossy Accents and my elements started floating the moment I poured in the distilled water. 


Interestingly, there are a lot of glues that are water-resistant but few are waterproof. Now, I didn't want to make a trip to the craft store so I winged it with my hot glue gun. 

4. Glitter
I just went with whatever glitter I had at home but you could try styrofoam bits if you have them at home.
However, I did learn that there is such a thing as too much glitter which could totally get Santa and his goat into a glitter blizzard. *LOL*

5. Glass jars
At first I went with the standard jam jars but you can't really fit in much or see much. I like the large Nutella jar.

6. Ornaments for your globe
I went with recycled Christmas cake decorations and raided the Gangster Gang's (niece + nephews) toy box for some animals.
Now, please do a water test on your "decorations" because incorporating them into your globe because I added some red  "mushrooms" and my water turned pink!

Overall, it was really fun albeit frustrating experience making a DIY snow globe. Have you tried making a snow globe?


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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I helped a friend make one one year, and it also had things floating to the top the next day after she glued it in! LOL!! She probably had bought the water-resistant glue... I loveeeeeee yours though!! Looks awesome! Thanks for the tips!!!!

Lisa said...

This is fabulous!! Now I want to make my own snow globe!! Haha that you raided the Gangster Gang's toy box for the animals :) And thank you for the tips!! So going to try this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Lizzyc said...

No I have never thought of making my own snow globe, always thought it was too hard, but clearly it isnt too hard if things are done correctly.. thanks for the inspiration!

Cindy deRosier said...

I've never done it, but I've read a lot of other people's tutorials. Most people just list the steps you've listed, but yours is the best I've seen because of your tips. I wouldn't have thought to test items to see if they're color-fast, for example.

StirYourCreativity said...

Those are nice practical tips. I tried making a snow globe once and it was a big fail :( after reading this feeling like trying once more

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