I love snow globes. To this day they are my favourite thing to play with in gift shops, to my family’s dismay. They look so sweet nestled into mantle displays, perched on coffee tables, and of course, they make some super cute gifts for the holidays. But it can be costly to purchase the decor-worthy ones, and isn’t it more fun to gift with a little bit of personality? That’s why we’re showing you how you can create your own snow globe at a fraction of the price!
There are a few things you can use to make snow globes, but the important thing is a SOLID seal (obviously), so look for things like mason jars, or reuse old pasta sauce jars or whatever. OR, if you spend a lot of time in craft stores (i.e. me) you can actually buy snow globe “globes”. I got this plastic one for about $3 at Michaels. You’ll also want your focal piece, like a small toy or plastic animal or vintage car. I recommend some glue you trust, like Epoxy or crazy glue, but make sure it’s waterproof. Same with the paint you use for your focal piece, OR coat the piece with clear-drying glue afterwards.
Whatever vessel (ha) you choose, use sandpaper (or a nail file, a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do) to rough up the surface. It’ll make your focal piece glue better.
Depending on what style you’re going for, you may choose to paint your focal piece. For the purpose of this tutorial say you have an obsession with woodland animals and gold foil. What a coincidence! So do I! To make the glitter (we’ll get there) pop I painted my little moose (which I had laying around my house, let’s not ask about it but if you’re looking for little woodland toys you can get a set of them at the dollarstore or individuals from Michaels) white.
Once it’s completely dry, you’re read to gild! If you’ve never gilded anything you are about to become an addict because it’s SO easy and SO fun. Basically, you paint this stuff (from Michaels) on what you want gilded and let it dry until it’s tacky.
Once the surface is tacky, press a square of gilding paper against the area. It literally peels the foil off the backing. Gently use a paintbrush to press down the flakes of gilding paper so they adhere to the surface. Let it dry completely and softly brush off extra flakes of paper.
I used a combination of rubber cement and a glue gun to adhere the moose and this little tree (again, dollar store) to the base of the globe because I’m crazy. One of them would likely have been enough, but on the bright side those babies are never going anywhere. Nonetheless let them dry out for a few hours.
This is my favourite part of this whole tutorial: how can you make fake snow without buying the bottle stuff (spoiler alert, it dissolves; that’s a problem) ? Guess what – EGGS! Okay so this sounds crazy. But let me assure you that you have not lived until your boyfriend walks into your kitchen and asks what you’re doing and you say “Peeling the membrane off these eggshells”. Next level. Justin just walked away completely unfazed so maybe I’m losing my touch but anyways, this works. Boil your egg to make your life easier, and then gently peel off the shell. A snack AND a craft, it truly is a Christmas miracle.
Once you have your eggshells put them in a bag and gently use a rolling pin (or your glue bottle, if you’re feeling particularly unambitious like I was) to crush them up. You want them fine but not so fine they become powdery because they’ll clump up. Then put them and 1/2 a teaspoon of glitter into your vessel and pour FILTERED water (important!) or baby oil (the clear kind, obviously) into the globe.
Finally glue your base to the globe. I added a little glitter tape to the bottom of mine, but you could use twine, or ribbon, or even paint to jazz it up a bit! Make fun personalized versions with your friends favourite animals, or hobbies, or anything that comes to mind to make extra special gifts this holiday season!