We’ve got a new installment to our ‘Kids Craft Archives’, compliments of my Mom, the art teacher! My kids are obsessed with snow globes right now, so the idea of making their own was THE BEST! And there are so many different ways to customize and make it unique to them. Let’s just say this Snow Globe Craft was a big hit!
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First things first… find a trinket or figure (or several!) to display as the subject inside the snow globe. You could go to the thrift store and pick up something cute. Or, if you’re like me, you have a multitude of glass figurines you’ve acquired over your lifetime and can’t seem to get rid of.
I decided to make a snowglobe at the same time as the girls (HEY, it can totally be an adult craft too), and I used this little girl porcelain figure that’s holding a birthday cake with a ‘3’ on it from my childhood. Perfect for Cypress’ upcoming 3rd Birthday!
Did anyone else get glass figurines with numbers on them each year for your birthday? I think I got them all the way until I turned 16! I guess they had to stop somewhere, because I doubt they make figurines with the number ‘35’ on them.
Let’s gather our supplies!
Supplies for DIY Snow Globe Kids Craft
- Glass figurine of your choice
- Jar with lid (make sure it’s large enough for your figurine!)
- Xacto Knife
- Rapid Fuse adhesive
- Glitter (white or silver is preferable)
Peel off the labels on your jar, and clean with GooGone if necessary. I used an old salsa jar for mine. But the twins used these mason jars for theirs (you’ll see what those look like at the end of this post).
Prime and paint your lid (or use a paint/primer-in-one like I did (this stuff). I will say, in hindsight, I wish I hadn’t spray painted the inside of the lid, because I worry it won’t hold as strong once I add the adhesive. So don’t be like me. At least in this situation. I decided to be extra safe by carving some grooves with an Xacto Knife on the inside of the lid for the glue to really have something to hold onto.
Glob some Rapid Fuse glue around the base of the figuring, and press into place in the center of the lid.
This next part is totally optional, but I decided it would be fun to add some teeny white pebbles on the base around the figurine to add to the ‘snow look’ of the snow globe. Just be careful not to get any glue or pebbles too close to the edge of the lid so it will still close snuggly.
While your adhesive is drying (about 30 minutes), fill up your jar with water, leaving about a half inch at the top, and add about 1 teaspoon of glitter. One of my daughters learned the hard way that colorful glitter turns the water funky colors. So we found it’s best to stick with silver or white glitter.
If you want, you can add a couple drops of glycerin into the water as well. This helps the glitter be more ‘floaty’ rather than just falling quickly to the bottom after the snow globe has been shaken.
Time to put the lid on! My girl can breathe under water. Don’t worry.
Top it off with water until it’s completely full!
I just turned my lid on really tight, but you can also glue the lid on just to be really safe. Flipping over your new snow globe for the first time is so satisfying and magical!
The twins used some faux greenery in their snow globes, and it really added a nice touch! We love how these turned out, and the girls treasure them! Each of them have their snow globes in a prominent place on their dressers!
And besides being a great kids craft idea, I also think this would be SO FUN for a girls night out! Pour some wine, and everyone brings a figurine! WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN?!
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Hi we are making Christmas’s snow globes as gifts this year. We have put a frosty and a Santa figurine in two different jars. We used som model trees and little fake presents too. My problem is after a few days the white in the figures has turned blue! I did soak the trees many times to remove excess color before we appoxied them down. I was wondering if you know of a way to seal the figures so they won’t turn colors?
Any help would be nice.
Bethany Sy says
Yikes, I haven’t had this happen. 🙁 You could get a can of clear sealant and spray the figures beforehand. That should help this problem. Just make sure they have plenty of time to dry and cure before submerging into the water.
Norma Rolader says
So so adorable
This DIY is just too fun! Can’t wait to try out. Xoxo, K&E
Susan Long says
I love it – I have a couple of couple baby deer I would love to do. Thanks !!
Wow – this takes me back to Gr 1 – that’s about 47 years ago. I made one of these for my Mom for Mother’s Day and she kept it for years. We used a baby food jar and put in a plastic flower (mine was a pretty little rose). For an extra little pizzazz my teacher cut the prettiest light blue tulle that was secured around the lid with an elastic band – it covered up the lid and gave it a pretty base. I was always so pleased that she kept it for so many years!
Thanks for sharing!
Will the paint eventfully peel off the figurine? I image sitting in water for a long period would do that?
Bethany Sy says
I don’t know, but we’ll find out I guess 😉