DIY Snow Globes

Use mini ornaments to create a one-of-a-kind holiday accessory using Mason jars.

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Our boys adore snow globes. This year we decided to surprise them with some fun, out of the ordinary snow globes made using toys and ornaments we already had. Since the mini robot ornaments have been the boys’ favorite tree decor, we decided to give them a special place among the holiday decor this year.

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DIY Jar Snow Globe

Use any jar with a lid to create a custom snow globe.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


  • glass jar with lids
  • mini ornaments or toys
  • mini holiday themed accessories
  • sprig of artificial tree or wreath
  • glue gun and glue
  • glitter
  • white foam floral ball (about 3" to 4" diameter)
  • glycerin (optional)
  • waterproof super glue or epoxy
DIY Jar Snow Globe Supplies

DIY Jar Snow Globe Supplies

Gather the supplies needed for making your snow globe.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Step 1: Place Foam Ball in Lid

Cut the foam floral ball in half. It needs to fit in the center of the lid with some space left around the circumference in order for the lid to screw onto the jar. If it’s too wide, trim down the sides with a craft knife. Glue the foam onto the inside of the jar lid.

white foam half on canning lid

DIY Jar Snow Globe Step 1

Glue the foam half onto the lid.

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Debbie Wolfe

Step 2: Add Accessories to Snow Globe

Add holiday accessories to your ornaments, if needed (Image 1). Glue the accessories to the foam/lid. The height of the jar will determine how tall the ornaments and accessories can be (Image 2). Make sure you leave at least 1/2" to 1" head space in the jar. Secure all the accessories to the foam with plenty of hot glue.

Step 3: Fill Jar

Fill the jar to just the bottom part of the rim with water. Add a tablespoon of glycerin (if using) and mix well. The glycerin will help the glitter stay afloat longer in the water. Glycerin is not necessary, but makes the "snow fall" effect prettier.

jar with spoon in it

DIY Jar Snow Globes Step 4

Add glycerin to the water.

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Debbie Wolfe

Step 4: Add Glitter

Add a couple of tablespoons of glitter to the jar. Insert the lid with ornaments into the jar. Make sure it’s tight! For added insurance against leaks, use waterproof glue to secure the jar top to the inner lip of the lid's metal ring and allow to dry. Once dry, squeeze a thin line of waterproof glue onto the lid's inner edge, and tightly screw it onto the jar. Allow to dry before turning over and shaking.

jar with water and glitter

DIY Jar Snow Globe Step 4

Add glitter to the jar.

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Debbie Wolfe

Step 5: Enjoy

Hand the snow globe to your little ones and let them shake away!

little boy holding snow globe

Kids Love DIY Snow Globes

Your kids will have hours of fun with these adorable snow globes.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

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