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When the weather outside is frightful, we say make something delightful! Simply follow the steps above to create customized snow globes for yourself, or as a fun little gift.
For our snow globe, we opted for a generally festive theme, but if you want mini snow flurries in your globe, find icy-colored glitter and snowflake confetti to create those whorls of white. Snow globes are also great ways to capture memories — fill a globe with a souvenir from a recent trip to create a travel-themed globe, or locate an inside joke-ridden childhood trinket to make a globe for a friend. The possibilities are endless!
Will you be trying this DIY out this holiday weekend?
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wow this is like the coolest thing in the world!
if you add a drop of glycerin to the water the glitter snow will fall in a nicer way. Also, it’s usually best to used distilled water, which is free from minerals and bacteria which can cause some yucky issues.
Great tips, thanks!
I’ve made these using Mineral Oil/Baby Oil instead of water.
Making with my daughter for christmas gifts….she loves it and thinks this is easy….thanks for the tip on glycerin we will make sure we use it. We will post a pic or 2 when we are finished.
Merry Christmas 😉
This is a great DIY! I would never have thought to make my own, but you could put the cutest things inside! Thanks!
I’ve made them with laminated pictures of the Grandkids with each Geandchild! They treasure them.
I really love this idea, I want to make so many!
this is so cool and seems so easy! im not usually the crafty type but this seems like a fun and cool way to spend an afternoon alone or with friends. thanks!
it’s pretty cool but you should add a couple drops of glycerin, which slows down the glitter from falling.
Where can you find glycerin?
Joanne’s or michael’s
You can find it in cvs, walgreens, etc. in make up section
These are all awesome tips! Our photographer, Mindi, said she’s made them using clear baby oil instead of water. It can get a little messy, so be careful and take your time, but the thickness of the baby oil gives the glitter an ultra-dreamy effect!
Another tip is to try and find non rusting glitter.
I remember doing these as a kid!!! Great way to re-use baby food/extra jars and unused little toys laying around!
This may seem like a dumb question but where can I get a jar that size to do this project?
I have used baby food jars.
Where have you found figurines to fit into baby food jars. I’m struggling to find any!
you can find figurines like this at the goodwill or garage sales 🙂
What kind of glue did you use? We tried this project with Gorilla glue – the glue ended up dissolving enough to completely make the water/glitter/dish detergent part too cloudy to see the figure. And we used clear dishwashing liquid, as we couldn’t find liquid glyerin anywhere (including Michael’s).
I found glycerin in Walmart in pharmacy section
Where have you found jar and lid like image?
Where did you get the glue that you used?
ok i am trying to do this and i have tried different figurines and none of them will stay..what should i do differently
If you add a tablespoon of glycerin (which you can purchase at the drugstore) it makes the snow (glidder)
Float and sparkle much better. Worth the effort.
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Martha Stewart says to use epoxy for fastening figurines she also suggests distilled water and glycerin as for jars you can buy bulk in canning section of various sizes hope these suggestions help
You can find the waterproof glue in the crafting glue aisle at Michaels or Joanns. I found some at Walmart too. Just read the fine print, it’s not bold and big on the packaging, so you might have looked right over it.
I’m making these for Christmas knick knacks for family and friends, but the issue I’m having is with the glitter pooling at either the top or bottom and then there’s just this big glob of glitter in one place. Any ideas how to remedy that?
sorry, is paraffin oil the same as glycerin? i tried with paraffin but the water got cloudy and glitters clusted in big glitter balls! same problem as @PlainJaneBakes. it is because of paraffin or did i something wrong? another question, does baby oil give a good effect? do you have to melt it also with water or use it alone? thanks and congrats for the great idea! 😉
Even in the picture above though, it looks like it’s glopping at the top too, so maybe that’s just how it is when you add that much glitter. maybe a super fine glitter in small amounts would do the trick (even though i wouldn’t expect it to show up very well)
I didn’t read all the comments, but you can find glycerin at Walmart in the Pharmacy area. I used liquid glycerin for fake skin at halloween and looked everywhere for 4 weeks before finding it there.
I couldn’t find glycerine so I used a little bubble solution – worked great. Also, used clear shower caulk to “glue” the figurine down. Worked like a charm. The best thing – I had all the items already in the house!
I tried with baby oil for one, water for another. Just ended up with a sticky, icky mess 🙁 Glitter clumps and sticks. Where did I do wrong?
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You forgot about gliceryne. U sholud use it, try.
I tried these multiple ways. Plain water – glitter just sinks to the bottom. Water with glycerin – clumps of glitter on the top and sticks to the bottom. Water with baby oil – the oil separates from the water and the glitter sits between the two. Clear non-scented baby oil – PERFECT! It’s clear so no cloudiness, it doesn’t rust the figurine, and the glitter flows beautifully. Also, I used a hot glue gun to fix on the figurine and epoxy for the lid. Another recommendation, screw on the cap and leave on the counter for a few days BEFORE dealing with glue. This is so you can see if it gets cloudy or rusty or a color starts to run from the figure, you can just unscrew and start over. If everything is fine in a few days, glue the lid on.
Woow. I love it
Amazing! I made this for my BFF, and I hope she <3s it!
Weird because that was what i was going to do!!! LOL, will it still work ok w/o glycerin?? or baby oil! i just wanna use water! will it be horrible?
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If you used sprinkled would they dissolve?
Sprinked what? The smaller the glitter the better. I am finding glycerin and distilled water to work great….Look for water resistant glue to glue the figurine and lid. Glycerin is in the pharmacy area of shopping centers.
What would some one recommend to use for cutting snowflakes out with a hole punch?
this is really cool. i think i’m going to make one with a motorcycle inside for my boyfriend (he’s a biker). 🙂
my 2 and 3 year old and I are going to make these as Christmas gifts for those the munchkins buy for… thanks for all the great tips and thinking it just might be easier to use the baby oil… couple less steps for the kids to do lol. We will see what way is cheaper when pricing it all out 🙂
To keep this a low-cost project, shop resale and consignment stores for jars with lids, mis-matched wine glasses, etc. for the globe, esp. a resale that supports a non-for-profit in the community. You can save jelly jars, etc. Sometimes when I buy pasta sauce, etc. I look for a brand with a cool jar knowing that I will save the jar for the craft!
Confetti might work as well if it’s the plastic kind
How much baby oil to water as I tried but my glitter is just floating on top…
what kind of glitter did you use? Is there a certain kind for making snow globes?
Can you use anything else but glitter
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