How to Make Personalized Souvenir Snow Globes

Nothing says vacation souvenir quite like a snow globe. Learn how to use vacation photos (or any photos) to craft your own personalized snow globe.

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Make the ultimate crafty vacation souvenir: a personalized snow globe with your vacation photos tucked inside.

Whether you want to remember a trip around the world or a trip to the neighborhood pool, these personalized snow globes are perfect to display your photos. Think of them as picture frame dioramas complete with falling glitter snow.


  • jar
  • distilled water
  • glitter
  • scissors
  • laminated photograph
  • baby oil or glycerin
  • small figurines
  • laminated postcard (optional)
  • hot-glue gun and glue

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Step 1: Choose a Photo

Choose a photograph for the project. You may need to resize the photo to fit inside the jar you plan to use. Cut out along the edges of the people in the photo to make them more of a silhouette.

You will need to laminate your picture if you intend to use water in the snow globe. You can use a laminating machine if you have one. Or, most copy stores can laminate the photo for you.

Make sure the edges of the photo are well laminated. This is important so that you do not break the seal around the edge of the photo.

If you want your snow globe to have a background, laminate a postcard to stick inside as the backdrop.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Step 2: Build the Scene

Use the lid of the jar to build a scene with the laminated photograph, gravel, miniature pool floats and perhaps a blue hot-glue ocean floor. Attach everything using clear hot glue.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Step 3: Fill the Jar

Fill your jar with distilled water almost to the top. Add a sprinkle of glitter for faux snow. A few drops of baby oil or glycerin will help keep your glitter floating longer.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Step 4: Close & Tighten Lid

Screw the lid on tightly. Shake your new DIY snow globe picture frame and enjoy.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

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