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How to Make a Homemade Snowglobe

Updated on January 2, 2012

Nothing says that you love and care about someone quite like a homemade gift.

This Christmas season, I challenged myself to get creative and stretch my budget by making homemade gifts for everyone. To see my Hub on creative Christmas crafts for college students, please click the link below:


Say Merry Christmas with a small snowman ornament and decorative tree in your snowglobe - or personalize it for another occasion!
Say Merry Christmas with a small snowman ornament and decorative tree in your snowglobe - or personalize it for another occasion!

By far my favorite craft to make were these snowglobes. Mine are Christmas-themed, but you can adapt this craft for any Holiday or personalize it to whomever will be recieving it. For Valentine's day I am going to make one with a little cupid figurine inside, and I will be combining the snow with glitter and small red sequin hearts.

These snowglobes make a wonderful hostess gift, centerpiece, or present for people of any age. They are also ridiculously easy to make!

Small, dollar-store nutcrackers are the perfect size for a snowglobe!
Small, dollar-store nutcrackers are the perfect size for a snowglobe!

Step One: Gather your materials. You will need a stack of styrofoam cups, a clean mason jar, a hot glue gun, and a small toy or other item to put inside.

Step Two: Shred the styrofoam cups. Warning: This is extremely messy. You are going to have little styrofoam balls all over your hands - there is no way to avoid it. If you are making more than one snowglobe, you might consider using a cheese grater to carefully shred the cups, because it can get tiring after awhile.
My advice is to spread out a bunch of newspaper on a table or the kitchen floor, so that at the end you can scoop it up and toss it out. Be careful not to track styrofoam everywhere.

Step Three: Glue the small toy/item to the inner lid of the mason jar. The lid is going to be the bottom of the snowglobe, so make sure you glue the bottom of the item to the bottom of the lid, so it stands upright.

Step Four: Fill the snowglobe roughly 1/4 with the shredded styrofoam pieces. Voila! Snow!

Step Five: Screw the lid on tightly. Depending on whether the recipient is an adult or a child, you may consider gluing the lid onto the jar, so that it cannot be accidentally unscrewed, making a large mess.


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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      clever idea! I had seen many snow globe ideas using mason jar, water and little toys. Indeed easy and awesome to see those glitter float around. A small world in a jar. Lovely idea for christmas and birthday too. Thanks and voted up

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Marla! I think homemade gifts are wonderful, especially for people my age! We have lots of time and not a lot of money, so I think it's great to focus on utilizing all our free time to MAKE things for people instead of spending our money!

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      Marla J Neogra 5 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      I found this very charming. So few younger people put forth the effort to make gifts anymore. I really loved your idea. Voted it up

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks for the comment, iguidenetwork! It's a great craft for kids - just make sure you contain the mess!

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Very cool idea - will have to try it with the kiddos.

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      arusho - Thank you! I hope you give it a try! It really IS as easy as it looks! :)

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      What a cool idea, very creative!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      Thanks, Coolmon, for stopping by! I hope your nieces and nephews enjoy making these! :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      What a great idea for crafts. I will send this link to my nieces and nephews. Thanks for sharing.

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      aboutaustralia - thank you for the kind words! I think homemade gifts are usually better than anything you could buy in a store. It means so much to have something handmade especially for you! :)

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      rebecca - thanks for stoppin by and leaving a comment! I used styrofoam cups that I found in my kitchen, but you can also reuse styrofoam used for packing materials or something else! It's definitely nice if you don't have to go out and buy the materials!

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      laurathegentleman 5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      ytsenoh - thanks for the lovely comment! I think that being short on cash forces you to get creative, sometimes - but thankfully, this gift isn't difficult to make at all!

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      That is really cool. I love hand made gifts. Great work!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is really cute! And a good way to recycle Styrofoam as

      well.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      This is creative, imaginative and would serve as a product of enjoyment for any child. Isn't it interesting what ideas can be embraced for gifts when you're operating on a strict budget, and that's if you have a budget at all to work with. Thanks for your hub and welcome to the HubPages. Keep sharing your ideas!