I was in search of a kid-friendly winter craft, and this DIY homemade snow globe project definitely fit the bill. All you need is a leftover jar with a lid, a few items from the craft store (most of which you seasoned crafters probably already have on hand), and a little holiday spirit.
T is a snow globe freak. Whenever we see a store display, his little paws are magnetically drawn to them, and he can’t help but reach out and give one a good shake. As soon as I learned they’re easy to make at home, I knew we had to try it. It’s an incredibly quick craft, and the end result is pretty darn cute.
What you need:
- Jar with lid
- Florist clay (I had no clue what this was, but it was easy to find at the craft store)
- Figurine (We used an ornament. Original instructions say to use something that won’t dissolve in water. I’m not sure what sort of material that may be, or if ours falls under that category, but it sure looks cute!)
- Glitter (color is up to you; we used iridescent)
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks (or waterproof caulk)
- Craft glue
- Ribbon or felt (optional, but it’s great for hiding any excess glue on the lid)
How to make your snow globe:
- Thoroughly wash and dry jar and lid.
- Attach figurine to inside of lid using florist clay. You may want to pile the clay higher if your figurine is short. Adjust figurine as needed to make sure it sticks well and is not listing off to one side. If you’re skeptical of the florist clay’s sticking power, feel free to use some hot glue or craft glue for extra adhesion. (That’s what I did. I feel better that our cute little caroler won’t budge from his green mound.)
- Fill jar with water, leaving about an inch of space at the top to account for displacement. Test it out by inserting the figurine/lid into the filled jar (you may need to dump some water out, depending on how large your figurine is).
- Spoon in 1 to 2 tablespoons of glitter into water (use your judgement; it all depends on the size of your jar). You can stir it in with a spoon or shake it up by putting a small plate (or the lid) over the jar and shaking. This will help the glitter settle.
- Dry your lid (if needed). Line inside of lid with hot glue/caulk. Insert figurine into water and screw on lid. Apply more hot glue/caulk to rim of lid to create waterproof seal. Let dry, lid side up, overnight.
- Using craft glue or hot glue, apply ribbon or felt around lid for a festive look!
Easy peasy, right? Give it a try and let me know what you think. I’m about to go and make another. Did I mention that these would make wonderful gifts, too?
Sophia savors all the joys (and challenges!) of family life with her husband and two kids in San Diego. Read more of her (mis)adventures in mothering at MamaSayMamaSo.