How to Make a Snow Globe

It doesn't matter how old you are, when you shake a snow globe and the snow starts to fall you're immediately taken back to your childhood and the best thing is they are so easy to make at home. So why not have some fun in creating your own little winter wonderlands.

How to Make a Snow Globe

Nicole and Joanne at our shop at Elsecar Heritage Centre have been experimenting over the past few weeks concocting the perfect potion for their snow globe creations. You need that snow glitter to fall gently after you shake the jar without all the glitter sticking to your decorative figure or scene inside.

Having tried baby oil and then glycerine in various amounts here is their scientifically (??!!!) proven Step by Step guide.

What you will need

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  • Jar with lid - Baby food, olive jars and honey jars work well because they are usually more round in shape. There's also a certain brand of chocolate and hazelnut spread (I think you all know the one) which has a quite a good shaped jar.
  • Enamel paint, pipe cleaners, sequins to decorate the outside of the lid (optional)
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic or ceramic figures such as plastic cake decorations
  • UV glue
  • Water
  • Glitter/ Fake snow
  • Glycerine
  • Pen, pencil or straw

How you do it

  1. Paint outside of your lid any colour you want. Our favourite Christmassy colours are Red, Green, Silver and Gold. Of course you might not need to do this if you already have a coloured lid.

  2. Super glue the plastic toy or winter wonderland decorations into lid, holding down firmly until the glue begins to bond.

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  3. Add the glycerine into the jar, about 1 part glycerine to 2 parts water is recommended but we used slightly less and it turned out OK the glycerine thickens the water and makes the glitter fall more slowly when you shake it.

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  4. Add the glitter, we used the whole tube (which was the equivalent to 2-3 tsps I would guesstimate), we also had a few sequin moons which we threw in for good measure.

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  5. Top the jar up with water, not quite to the brim as your toy will displace some of the water, and give it a good stir with a pen or straw.

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  6. Super glue the outer edge of your jar and tightly twist your lid into place, leave for a few minutes or as long as recommended for your super glue to dry.

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  7. Once the glue has dried it’s time to shake it up and LET IT SNOW!

Our Useful Tips

  • We decorated the lid with a few little gems and a sparkly pipe cleaner but you can get creative and use whatever you have available.
  • These snow globes make great table decorations, perfect for any Christmas party.
  • Make sure you ask your granddad before you start taking this little model railway trees and train passengers, he might be a little cross!

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