The Cutest DIY Snow Globe Ever -- And It's Edible, Too!

A snow globe you can eat? Yes, please!

Who doesn’t love a snow globe? A dreamy scene under glass is made even more so with a flick of the wrist to start a snowstorm. Invented by Erwin Perzy in Vienna, Austria in 1900, Perzy’s Original Vienna Snow Globes company started production in 1905 and still creates globes today. You can see their “work” in the famous “Rosebud” opening of Orson Welles’ 1941 film classic Citizen Kane, in which an Original Vienna snow globe shatters on the floor. Snow globes = drama.

Edible Snow Globe

Edible Snow Globe

A tiny gingerbread house and rosemary "trees" create a world under glass in this edible snow globe.

A tiny gingerbread house and rosemary "trees" create a world under glass in this edible snow globe.

This edible snow globe brings a little of that Viennese magic to the holiday table and is a special surprise for children, who can lift the globe and enjoy dessert after admiring the scene under glass. I was inspired by the lovely edible globe project on La Receta de la Felicidad, which hides the surprise of chocolate pudding beneath a layer of whipped cream.

A Pair of Edible Snow Globes

A Pair of Edible Snow Globes

Make an edible snow globe this holiday, with a surprise cake beneath and a sweet winter scene on top.

Make an edible snow globe this holiday, with a surprise cake beneath and a sweet winter scene on top.

An edible snow globe reminds me of the hollow sugar eggs (a holdover from Victorian times) my mother used to get me every Easter which you could peek into to see the Easter scene within. I loved them: a tableau you can eat, what’s better than that?

For my edible snow globe project I wanted to go a bit bigger than the mini globes featured on Felicidad and cram in more details, so I created two snow globes, one medium sized and one tiny. I used a small 6-inch cake pan and an even tinier 4-inch one and found two globe vases at a home goods store to fit them.

I cheated by buying a mini-gingerbread house kit which I then shaved down to make even smaller. 

A North Pole Snow Globe

A North Pole Snow Globe

I settled on a North Pole theme for this wintry snow globe, featuring a deer, a gingerbread house and a North Pole crafted from a drinking straw and topped with marshmallow fluff.

I settled on a North Pole theme for this wintry snow globe, featuring a deer, a gingerbread house and a North Pole crafted from a drinking straw and topped with marshmallow fluff.

Instead of pudding, I baked a white cake (but any flavor would work, as long as you create a snowy surface on top) in the pans and spread a buttercream icing on top. Silver sugar gave a glittery look when sprinkled around the gingerbread house. A red and white straw topped with marshmallow fluff did service as a North Pole and my usual kit bag of tiny trees, mushrooms and deer completed the wintry scene. But go wild. You could choose a theme near and dear to your child’s heart: trains, teddy bears, bunnies, a favorite movie.

Deer in the Forest Edible Snow Globe

Deer in the Forest Edible Snow Globe

Fill your edible snow globes with winter scenes or with elements your children love: a snowman, action figures, trains or whatever makes their hearts go pitter patter.

Fill your edible snow globes with winter scenes or with elements your children love: a snowman, action figures, trains or whatever makes their hearts go pitter patter.

And if edible projects—and advance planning—float your boat, contributor Melissa Caughey has a great edible Easter terrarium project on HGTVGardens you can see here.

A Snow Globe You Can Eat

A Snow Globe You Can Eat

A dusting of silver sugar, drifts of icing snow and glitter-topped mushrooms give a wintry touch to this edible snow globe.

A dusting of silver sugar, drifts of icing snow and glitter-topped mushrooms give a wintry touch to this edible snow globe.

3 Easy Gingerbread House Designs

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One Basic Dough Can Make Three Stunning Houses

This holiday season, craft up a project that's fun for the entire family. Beautiful gingerbread houses are easy to construct with a sturdy dough recipe and a thick royal icing to keep all the pieces intact. Learn how to make miniature Victorian, log cabin and Cape Cod homes from edible pieces this winter.

Make a Victorian-Style Gingerbread House

An elegant Victorian-inspired gingerbread house decked out in yellow icing and dusted in powdered sugar "snow" makes for a cheerful holiday display. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

After rolling out gingerbread dough, use the Victorian house template to cut out house pieces with a sharp knife.

Bake Pieces and Re-Cut

After baking, re-cut the gingerbread pieces to ensure they will fit together perfectly when assembled.

Construct House With Candy Melts

Use warm candy melts to construct and attach the gingerbread pieces to form the Victorian home and porch.

Cover House With Royal Icing

Cover the front, back, sides and roof of the house with royal icing in a soft yellow hue.

Use Chocolate Fondant as Roof

Roll out chocolate fondant and gently drape over the roof and press to adhere to the icing.

Create Scalloped Shingles

Use a scallop-edge cookie cutter or a small spoon to create scalloped shingle impressions in the fondant on the roof.

Create Front Door

Use green and white fondant to create the home's front door. Press on a dragree as the "doorknob".

You're Finished!

To finish, dust with powdered sugar "snow" and add small model trees for embellishment around the home.

Make a Log Cabin-Style Gingerbread House

Use pretzel rods to craft up a rustic log cabin gingerbread house to serve as the centerpiece for a holiday dessert table or mantelscape. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

After rolling out gingerbread dough, use the log cabin template to cut out house pieces with a sharp knife.

Construct House With Candy Melts

After baking, use warm candy melts to construct and attach the four sides of the log cabin. Then, coat the under edges of the roof pieces with melted candy and place them on top.

Attach Chocolate Fondant Shingles to Roof

Cut pieces of chocolate fondant and use a knife or toothpick to serrate each piece to create the look of shingles. Attach the pieces to the roof in layers.

Measure Pretzel Rods Against House

Use a sharp knife to measure pretzel rods against the front of the house, and then cut to size.

Attach Pretzel Rods to Royal Icing

Cover the front of the house with royal icing and attach the properly-sized pretzel rods.

Add Chocolate Fondant Planks

Attach strips of chocolate fondant just below the roof using royal icing. Use a knife or toothpick to serrate, creating the look of wooden planks.

Add Chocolate Fondant Doors

Use small pieces of chocolate fondant to create doors. Serrate with a knife or toothpick, and then press a dragee into each one to create "doorknobs".

Attach a Fondant Wreath

Circular fondant covered in green sanding sugar and confetti sprinkles is transformed into a miniature holiday wreath.

You're Finished!

To finish, dust with powdered sugar "snow", add small model trees and construct a fondant snowman for an extra-festive touch.

Make a Cape Cod-Style Gingerbread House

This charming blue Cape Cod-inspired gingerbread house is sure to delight holiday party guests. Dust with powdered sugar "snow" for a full wintry effect. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cut Out Gingerbread Pieces

After rolling out gingerbread dough, use the Cape Cod template to cut out house pieces with a sharp knife.

Bake Pieces and Re-Cut

After baking, re-cut the gingerbread pieces to ensure they will fit together perfectly when assembled.

Construct House With Candy Melts

Gather the gingerbread pieces and use melted candy to begin construction. Attach a front/back piece with a side piece to form the Cape Cod structure.

Cover House With Royal Icing

Cover the front, back and sides of the house with royal icing in a soft blue hue.

Use Chocolate Fondant as Roof

Coat the roof with royal icing and press on chocolate fondant. Use a knife or toothpick to create shingles.

Create Front Door

Use a small piece of red fondant to create the home's front door. Serrate with a knife or toothpick and press a dragree into the right side as a "doorknob".

Create Holiday Wreath

Decorate a circular piece of chocolate fondant with green sanding sugar and confetti sprinkles to create a festive holiday wreath for the home's exterior.

You're Finished!

To finish, dust with powdered sugar "snow", add small model trees and construct a miniature fondant snowman for a festive effect.

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