A homemade snow globe is a childhood must! Finally we have made some. The best part about these snow globes is that they give you the perfect opportunity to get rid of some of the pesky plastic figurines lying around the house. Another idea is to use LEGOs—if your child can part with them!


  • small glass jar
  • a plastic figurine
  • glycerin (optional: while it's not necessary, it makes the glitter float better)
  • glitter
  • water
  • glue (we used a hot glue gun, but superglue should work too)


  1. Decide what you would like to put in your snow globe. We used a plastic frog that came out of a Kinder Egg.

  2. Glue, place, and stick your plastic figurine to the inside of the jar lid.

  3. Fill your jar with water and/or glycerin and add glitter—1-2 teaspoons.

  4. Screw the lid on the jar — glue it if you're concerned about your child trying to open it.

  5. That's it! Shake your jar or tip it upside down to make it snow!

Maggy Woodley is a craft blogger and stay-at-home mom of two. Passionate about crafts, she uses her blog, Red Ted Art, to share easy, accessible crafts and provide fun and creative ways to spend time with kids. With weekly how-to's and crafts for all ages, Red Ted Art is meant to be inspirational for parents, caregivers and teachers alike.

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  • Armeen Sohail

    My age is 8 and I tried it by myself all alone and its worth it… I really like it, Thanks :)

    • snow

      wow you’re 8 and you know where to put commas. great job bro

  • Miranda Burch

    My son and I are making these for his class. They figurines keep coming off the lid. We used hot glue. Anything else we could use?

    • Road Rash

      Gorilla glue works great plus adds a snow like effect

    • isabella sterett

      You should use epoxy it works
      better than any other glue

  • Daniela Escobar

    This is great!! Every kid I know LOVEE snow globes!


  • Rebecca Robinson

    My Alaskan Malamute cut-out is almost two. She likes “Who’s the Boss?”. She also likes “Full House”. My Alaskan Malamute cut-out likes Christmas. Christmas is in two days. My Alaskan Malamute cut-out was made on January 3, 2012. My Hawaiian Butterfly Fish cut-out is eleven months old. My Hawaiian Butterfly Fish cut-out likes “Barney and Friends”. My Hawaiian Butterfly Fish cut-out was made on January 19, 2013. My Alaskan Malamute cut-out likes “Readalong”. My Hawaiian Butterfly Fish cut-out likes “BabyFirst TV”. I am a twenty-six-year-old woman. My older sister is a twenty-eight-year-old woman. My older sister went to Honduras in June 2010.

  • Plantastic

    Way cool and if you like nature ..consider growing the famous TickleMe Plant at home. The TickleMe Plant will close its leaves and even lower its branches when you Tickle It!

    This is real! http://www.ticklemeplant.com

    • lulu

      hey this was maybe one of the most fun DIY crafts I have ever made. P.S also thank you for the glycerin idea it really help. keep the crafts coming!

      • Mimi McQueen

        Where can you find the glycerin?

        • Galena

          You can find glycerin in the cake decorating section of some craft stores or at your pharmacy.

          • Mimi McQueen

            Thank you. I’ve checked the cake decorating section without any luck, but didn’t think of the pharmacy. Too late for this year, but plenty of time to plan for next Christmas. Thanks again.

          • Road Rash

            Found mine at hobby lobby

        • Road Rash

          You can find it at hobby lobby or should be anywhere that sells cake iceing

  • snowglobegirl

    If you’d rather not use glass, or prefer a more traditional looking snow globe,there are easy DIY kits at Global Shakeup Snow Globes.

  • Hannah Perez

    Is that just normal clay that the figurine is glued to?

  • Ellie Charlton

    How much glycerine did you add to each globe please?

    • Road Rash

      I put two teaspoons in big jars a one in small jars

  • AboutTown

    This didn’t work – the glitter floats!! It looks awful.

    • Road Rash

      Add two teaspoons of glycerin mine works fine

      • AboutTown

        I tried it both with and without glycerin. And I tried two different kinds of glitter. But it must be the type of glitter. That’s all I can figure.

      • Joanne Vallarelli Adam

        how much water, how much glitter, how much glycerin – all to what size jar?
        all of the recipe’s and diy I am finding are not giving me amounts of each to use. I’ve tried 3 times already and still haven’t figured out what amounts i need.

        • Katie

          Yeah I know I can never do it

  • Aleesha Bookout

    I did this with my daughter but the glitter clumped together and stays on top, don’t know if its the type of glitter or not.

  • Nikki T

    ANYONE have a fix/know WHY the water in our globes went cloudy in about 10 mins?
    We made 3. We used hot glue to attach the figurines etc, distilled water with a dash of glycerine, and each one had different types of decor in them (so its not dye/paint dissolving). Regretfully, we super glued the lids shut, as they looked great, the glitter fell beautifully + we had pre-tested everything dyed (trees, grass etc) to make sure nothing would bleed colour :(
    I’ve been trying to find a cause + fix on sooooo many DIY sites!!!

  • Vicki Wilks England

    Terrible project. AFter all the effort and buying supplies, they are awful. The glitter gets all clumped up and ends up in little balls, looking nothing like snow. The glitter that doesn’t end up in clumps is stuck to the picture I put in it so you cannot even see the picture. I thought this would be such a cute idea to make for my daughter, using a picture of my granddaughter. I was so excited, but what a waste of time and money.

    • Karen Kingrey

      Man! Thank you!!!! I thought I was just super dumb, or something. The glitter just clumped for me too and the little figurines would not stay glued to the lid even though we hot glued it like 3 times! AND, you can barely see the figures anyway because they are stuck (well temporarily anyway) to the lid and the view is distorted due to the curve of the jar!! I spent a fortune on Christmas figurines to use and it was a pile of trash! Ideas????

  • Michelle

    I am trying this today and the trees I got the color is coming off is there anything that I can do to them to prevent this?

  • Nikki T

    We tested anything we thought may leach colour by putting a bit of each item in glasses w/ water overnight. Glad we did, as we did find a couple things that would’ve coloured the water.
    Best guess for this damn cloudiness, so far, is probably the glue… Not sure what else it could be.

  • Tiffany Miles

    What is Glycerin? Would Micheals craft store, Walmart , have this ??

    • Vanessa

      CVS & RITE AID …& they were open 24 hours!! Lol

    • Rascal

      It’s a type of Medicine you’ll probly find it by the pharmacy

  • congame

    Karo syrup helps slow down the snow or whatever you have inside the globe.

  • Risa

    Can you use a plastic jar & lid like a mayonnaise jar?

  • Collyn Benedict

    Thank you for letting me know how to make this means so much to me and my family thank you so much now I know how to make it and o have a project about this thank you very very very much it means a lot

    U are the best