Make an Easy DIY Snow Globe – that’s round

Make a classic, real, round snow globe.  Not a tree in a mason jar because a tree in a mason jar isn’t a snow globe, it’s a snow jar.  Bang out these round DIY snow globes in about 15 minutes with a few basic materials.

Beautiful classic Christmas snow globe with bottle brush trees inside in various sizes.

 

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Why make your own snow globe?  Because you can put anything you want in it. If you want the bare bum from a Ken doll in your snow globe you can do it. Although you shouldn’t, because bare bums aren’t very much in the spirit of Christmas.  Usually.

Pinterest is bursting with mason jar snow globes, but to me – that’s not a snow globe. It’s a snow jar. I like regular, round, snow globes. These snow globes use a clear Christmas ornament and a cork. They’re simple enough that a kid can make them.

So here we go, you and I are going to make simple Snow Globes.  Right here.  Right now.

The possibilities of what you put in your snow globe are as never-ending as the last children’s dance recital you went to.

But there are a few restrictions. It needs to fit into the neck of the Christmas ball and it needs to be something made of – plastic. Yes. I said it. Plastic. Or rubber.

That’s because if you use an item that has some metal on it, it will rust and turn the water murky. If the item is bendy, you can put something quite big in the snow globe, like the simple trees I chose. 

My simple trees happen to have wire, but I’m crossing my fingers that it’s steel wire that’s been treated to prevent rust.  I’m a risk taker like that.  I also run on slippery floors in socks. Risk TAKER.

(update) – the metal wire made the globes cloudy by the next year


How to Make a Snow Globe

Materials for making a snow globe laid out including a pitcher of water, a clear plastic Christmas ball and tiny bottle brush trees.

Materials

Clear Plastic Christmas Ball (choose ones with wide necks so you can fit a figurine or tree in it)

Distilled Water (optional)

Glycerine (optional)

Sparkles

Mini bottle brush tree

E 6000 glue (this is the go TO glue for crafters in the know)

Small bowl

Quick Instructions:

Remove neck collar from the ball.

Fill with distilled water and 2 drops of glycerin.

Add sparkles.

Push tree “trunk” wire into the centre of a cork and shove it into the globe.

Glue the hell out of it.

 

Detailed instructions:

Grid showing 4 steps in making a DIY snowglobe; filling ball with water, adding sparkles, adding glycerin and topping with more water.

 

  • Pull the plastic top off of the plastic ball and set it in a round bowl so it doesn’t go rolling around. You now have a globe! Fill the globe with distilled water until it’s 3/4 full.
  • Pour in some sparkles. A medium sized globe with need around 1/4 tsp of sparkles. Add 2 drops of glycerin. NO more. Top the globe up with water until it comes just below where the neck meets the ball.

Cute little green bottle brush tree in the palm of a hand.

  • Cut your wine bottle corks in half with a serrated knife
  • Pull the bottle brush tree out of its base if it has one. Remove some of the lower “branches” of the tree so you have an inch of bare trunk. Stick the trunk into the centre of a piece of cork. Make sure it’s perfectly straight.

Tiny bottle brush tree on a cork stand.

Shoving the trunk into the cork will be easier if you pre-punch a hole in the cork with a toothpick.  Also holding the trunk with needle-nose pliers to shove it down into the hole makes the job easier.

Pushing a bottle brush tree into a plastic Christmas ball, making a snow globe.

  • Push the tree into the globe forcing down any errant branches with a toothpick or something. Force the cork into the neck and push it down until it *almost* touches the water level.

Sealing a cork used in snow globe with E6000 glue.

  • Keeping the globe in the bowl that’s stabilizing it, seal the cork top, sides and where it touches the neck with E6000. Let your snow globes cure overnight undisturbed.

DIY snow globes with their corks drying overnight.

  • The next morning turn the globes upside down and give them a shake or slight squeeze to make sure they’re watertight. If they aren’t (one of mine wasn’t) turn it cork side up again and let it dry then apply more E6000 and let it cure again.

Simple home made snow globes with bottle brush trees laying on barn board.

If your globes have all cured and there are no leaks you’re done!  I have to admit I like them without any base at all, just like this. But I know most people will probably want some sort of base for them. That’s where you can get creative because the base you choose will make a big difference in how the snow globes look.

You can go modern, traditional, weird – whatever you want.

IDEAS FOR BASES

      • salt cellars
      • candle holders
      • vases
      • zinc mason jar caps
      • mason jars
      • tea cups

Below I’m using 2 short antique silver candleholders, 2 gold metal tubes (that originally had candles inside), and 1 tall, wood, mid century modern tea light holder.

Christmas snow globes displayed on candle holders of different heights on modern white buffet.

Easy DIY Snow Globes.

Easy DIY Snow Globes.

Yield: Snow Globes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy(ish)
Estimated Cost: $10

YOU are going to make a snow globe. You are crafty!

Let's do this.

Materials

  • Clear Plastic Christmas balls
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin
  • White sparkles (fine or superfine)
  • Wine corks
  • E6000 glue
  • Tiny bottle brush tree
  • Bowl for stabilizing plastic ball while you work on it

Instructions

  1. Pull the plastic top off of the plastic ball and set it in a round bowl so it doesn't go rolling around. You now have a globe! Fill the globe with distilled water until it's 3/4 full.
  2. Pour in some sparkles. A medium sized globe with need around 1/4 tsp of sparkles. Add 2 drops of glycerin. NO more. Top the globe up with water until it comes just below where the neck meets the ball.
  3. Cut your wine bottle corks in half with a serrated knife
  4. Pull the bottle brush tree out of its base if it has one. Remove some of the lower "branches" of the tree so you have an inch of bare trunk. Stick the trunk into the centre of a piece of cork. Make sure it's perfectly straight.
  5. Push the tree into the globe forcing down any errant branches with a toothpick or something. Force the cork into the neck and push it down until it *almost* touches the water level.
  6. Keeping the globe in the bowl that's stabilizing it, seal the cork top, sides and where it touches the neck with E6000. Let it cure overnight.

Notes

If your cork is too small for the neck of your globe, steam the cork! Putting a cork in a steamer basket for several minutes will make it permanently bigger. It's a great trick I used for my own snow globes.

Don't use too much sparkle. Excessive sparkles will just clump together in a blob.

Glycerin is optional. It helps slow down the rate the sparkles fall at, but it isn't imperative. If you don't have it, don't worry about it.

Distilled water should remain clear for longer, but it also isn't mandatory. You can just use tap water.

If your trees are too big, don't fret. You can make a really big fake tree much smaller by just using the top of it.

To make sticking your tree into the cork easier, pre-punch a hole in the cork's centre with a toothpick. Hold the stem of the tree with pliers to make shoving it into the cork easier.

TIP

You can light your globe up by sticking a strand of copper wire lights into the base that you’re putting the globe in.

Lighting up a snow globe with copper wire lights.

 

REMEMBER to check for leaking every once in a while and when you store them away after the season, store them with the corks facing up so there’s no chance of springing a leak while they’re tucked away in the basement.

These will NOT last for years. Inevitably the metal, sparkles or fake snow ends up turning the inside of the ball cloudy. But they’re fun and easy enough that you can redo them every year. Just keep reusing the same plastic balls and corks, and replace what you have inside.

 

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Make an Easy DIY Snow Globe - that\'s round

88 Comments

  1. whitequeen96 says:

    These are so pretty and a wonderful project for the kids to make over the weekend. Thanks!

  2. amy says:

    Is your dinosaur musical? My mind went right to … “I’m feel pretty, oh so pretty”. You make me smile. Thanks.

  3. CathyR says:

    I’m not sure why people think you put lights IN the snow globes. Clearly it says to put them into the base not the ornament.
    Since you did this years ago, did your wire tree rust?
    Do you think it would be a good idea to seal the whole cork first? I’m thinking of something like Krylon spray, letting it cure then assembling things then glue the hell out of it. Nice tutorial kid.

  4. Christie says:

    I don’t want to do a snow globe, but I MUST have a dinosaur vase… Nobody but you Karen (except maybe your sledgehammer, wielding Mom, Betty!!!)

  5. Wendy Nathan says:

    Super fun idea. I just might get a little crazy and try other things in the globe. I have a friend who used to collect snow domes. I am sure she would love this for a gift. Thanks for making my day each time you post! You make me smile.

  6. Tina Gogo says:

    Dinosaurs are just so Christmassy! It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas dinosaur! I’m glad you didn’t forget him and leave him out. Is he your family’s version of the Christmas Pickle, lol? Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year Karen! Love the tutorial, thank you!

  7. Gerri says:

    Where do you get sparkles? Is there an actual name for them or are they just called sparkles?

  8. Mary W says:

    These are so pretty! I agree that snow globes should be globes! But for fun with the kids, any old baby food jar will be ok. Yours are classy!

  9. Amy says:

    Thanks again for another great idea and humorously written instructions!

    I appreciate what you do!

    Amy Campbell

  10. Melissa Leach says:

    You never fail to amaze. Love this!

  11. Randy P says:

    Neato easy craft. Thanks. It must be a very special thing to have you as a personal friend, because you really are rather special…… in an ‘ordinary clever person’ kind of way. Why if I were only a younger and svelter guy….. well I still wouldn’t stand a chance in Hades but I’d be younger and in shape. Like ‘they’ say, “Don’t judge a person till you walk a mile in their shoes… then who cares? You’ll be a mile away AND have their shoes.”

  12. peggy mckenzie says:

    i did one and the air bubbles are on the globe and making it look cloudy. what can i do?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Peggy. There has to be some air in there if you’ve put sparkles because that’s what allows them to move around. If there are so many tiny air bubbles that you can’t see through then you might have to remove the corn, let some air out and reseal it. ~ karen!

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