How to Make a Snow Globe

Don't buy your snow globes from tacky tourist shops - make them yourself! Our craft expert Penelope Quinn shows us how. 

They’ve been around since the 1800s and have been used for every thing from commemorating the newly built Eiffel Tower, surgical lamps, advertising, to celebrate holidays, even election campaigns – and judging by the number lining the shelves of tourist traps and gift stores, it’s safe to say the humble snow globe had lasted the test of time!

But as always, I think the prettiest ones are the ones made by hand – and are so easy and cheap to make! Have a hunt around the house and see what you can use - think plastic toys, ceramic and porcelain nick nacks, even plastic flowers.  Use your imagination! These will keep the kids entertained, but also make a lovely present.

What you'll need: 

  • Mason Jar
  • Toys or ornaments
  • Glitter
  • Strong glue such as super glue, or aralydite
  • Water
  • Fine glitter


1) Make sure your mason jar is clean and dry.  Then, glue in place your ornaments. Make sure it will fit in the jar, and is no wider than the lid. Leave to dry for at least a couple of hours, overnight if you can. 

2) Put a couple of teaspoons of glitter into the mason jar. The finer the glitter, the longer it will take to fall*Hint - use a plastic jar if you are worried about broken glass and young children. 

3) Fill the jar with water, making sure that you allow for the displacement once you screw the lid back on. *Hint - a few drops of glycerine in the water will stop the glitter from clumping. This can be bought from chemists. 

4) Carefully screw the lid back on. It's best to do this over a sink in case you have run off. For extra durability, and to stop leakages, consider putting some glue on the inside of the lid. 

5) Shake your snow globe and watch the glitter fall!

What would you put in your snow globe? I’d love to hear about it! Just leave a comment at the Ask a Question section or head to LifestyleHOME Facebook 

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