Homemade Snow Globes

    by Nancy Fann-Im

    About the Author

    Nancy Fann-Im is a New York-based freelance writer and editor who specializes in food, wine, and travel. Her work has appeared in "Wine Spectator" magazine, The Wall Street Journal's CollegeJournal.com, SoYouWanna.com, and "Shoot" magazine. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 2001.


    Making your own snow globe can be a fun project, but they aren't just for Christmas anymore. Consider other scenes such as a haunted house for Halloween or themes such as "Day at the Beach." Homemade snow globes also make excellent gifts, especially when you personalize the scene inside the globe specifically for the recipient. Perhaps you could put together an "It's a Boy!" theme for a friend who's just had a baby. The possibilities are endless.

    Things You'll Need

    Clear glass jar with a lid Waterproof figurines or ornaments Aquarium sealant Distilled water Baby oil Glitter Foil confetti

    Prepare the Jar

    Thoroughly clean out the inside of your jar. This can be any type or size of jar from baby food to pickle jar. Remove any labels and sticky residue from the labels from the outside.

    Set the Scene

    Using your figurine or ornaments, plan out the scene you'd like to create. Glue the ornaments to the inside of the jar's lid with the aquarium sealant. Do not glue the figurines too close to the edge of the lid; leave a bit of room so that you don't run into any problems when you screw the lid on. If your figurines are short and need a bit of a boost, glue a separate, smaller lid onto the inside of your jar lid to provide an elevated surface.

    Add Water

    Fill your jar with distilled water, leaving a bit of room at the top. The level of the water will rise when the figurines are put in. Add a few drops of baby oil, which will keep the "snow" suspended in the water.

    Add Snow

    Add about 1 tsp. glitter for every inch of water. Then add the confetti sparingly. You can always add more later; it will be much harder to remove the small pieces. Keep the theme of your snow globe in mind when you're choosing what to add. For example, if you're making a Fourth of July snow globe, you may want to use red, white and blue glitter and confetti shaped like stars.

    Finishing Touches

    Screw the lid on tightly and shake the globe. Observe how the snow falls and whether you want to add more or take some out. You may also want to add more water or baby oil. When you decide you're happy with your snow globe scene, apply some sealant to the inside rim of the lid, and screw it on tightly.