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10 DIY Snow Globes

Everyone loves snow globes. There’s something kind of magical about giving that still scene a little shake and turning it into a winter wonderland. What makes it even more magical is when the scene is something personal to you, like a photo or a figurine you like. You’re in luck because it turns out that a DIY snow globe is pretty easy to make. There are tons of different options for what materials you can use, how it looks, and what you include inside.

Here are some ideas and instructions to get you started, just pick the one that’s right for you!

1. Custom Figurines With Polymer Clay

For a time-consuming but ultra-customizable DIY snow globe, create your own figurine. Polymer clay is a good option for this, especially since it comes in so many colors. This tutorial will show you some tricks. You can learn how to make a Christmas snow globe with ease.

Level of difficulty: medium
Duration: at least two days (you’ll need time for the clay to dry)

2. Eccentric Masterpiece With Small Toys

Here’s a great idea for what to do with your favorite childhood figurine: put it in a snow globe. There are lots of ways you can upgrade your DIY snow globe too, like mounting the figurine on something pedestal-like (a bottle cap, maybe), or using colorful glitter or small pom-poms to make the snowfall more interesting.

Level of difficulty: varies
Duration: varies, likely 15-30 minutes

3. Easy Photo DIY Snow Globe

This is probably one of the simplest snow globes on this list. However, it’s a favorite since you can use your most treasured photos. Follow a tutorial like this one for in-depth instructions. You can learn how to make a snow bloge with a picture inside and it will barely taken quarter of an hour.

Difficulty: easy
Duration: 15 minutes

4. 3D Photo Snow Globe

If you want to learn how to make a snow globe with a mason jar, this will be a good starting point. However, what you put in it is your choice. For a slightly more advanced photo snow globe idea, you can cut out the photo and fill the rest of the snow globe with Christmas decorations. Or you can make a small winter scene by gluing Christmas trees or other winter accessories onto the lid as well.

Difficulty: medium
Duration: about 25 minutes

5. No-Water Snow Globe

Perhaps you’d rather make your snow globe without water–no problem. This tutorial is obviously customizable to whatever you’d like to put in your snow globe (see the rest of the list for ideas). However, a great way to use something different inside the jar if you wanter a DIY waterless snow globe.

Difficulty: easy (and mess-free!)
Duration: 5 minutes (plus time for your glue to dry)

6. Non-Christmas-y Snow Globe

Most snow globes, obviously, are pretty Christmas themed (or at least winter), but they don’t have to be. Check out this tutorial for a great example of using figurines from a TV show to make an all-seasons DIY snow globe.

Duration: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: medium

7. Magic Fairy Snow Globe

Use a fairy figurine (like Tinkerbell) to make a fairy snow globe your little one will love. This one can be pretty easy, so you can even get some help from your little fairy-loving girl.

Duration: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: easy

8. Teeny Tiny Snow Globe

You can use this technique to make a snow globe so tiny that you could use it to decorate a Barbie house. All you need is a little creativity on how to make the itsy-bitsy figurines.

Duration: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Advanced

9. Light-up DIY Snow Globe

To make your snow globe really stand out, make one that lights up. Following this tutorial will give you some great ideas for crafting your own figurines, but you can also use photos or toys or anything else. Just keep in mind it has to fit through the smaller opening of the glass ornament.

Duration: 1 hour
Difficulty: advanced

10 Lip Balm Snow Globe

For a different take on the snow globe, think about something a little more portable. If you have any of those EOS lip balm containers left over, be sure to check out this ultra-creative tutorial.

Duration: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Medium (but you need to use a sharp knife, so be sure to supervise children closely)


Obviously, even though a lot of these tutorials are similar, you can get really creative with the figures you use inside the snow globe or even what you make the globe part from. The next time you see a cute figurine that you just HAVE to have but don’t have a use for, now you know what to do with it. Have you ever made a custom snow globe from something creative? Are you planning to make one for yourself or a friend? Let us know your great ideas in the comments! Even more, make sure to check out these DIY Christmas decorations for an even cheerier season.

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