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Homemade Snow Globes – A DIY Christmas Gift

Updated on December 4, 2017
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I am the author of three middle grade children's books, and I blog on the side. My favorite topics are movies, writing, and pop culture.



Gift giving around the holidays can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to buy for acquaintances, work colleagues, or are on a tight budget. Sometimes you have to buy small gifts for a number of people. You hate to cop out with a generic picture frame or candle. If you’re not artistic or don’t have the time to be super creative, a homemade gift seems out of the question, but it doesn’t have to be. Last year, I discovered an easy, homemade, Christmas-themed gift that people can put out with their holiday decorations each year. It’s a homemade snow globe that displays a scene of a freshly cut Christmas tree on a sled or car.

I made a bunch of these globes in different sizes and gave them away as gifts and even kept a few for myself. The materials can be found at Michaels, Toys R Us, and any dollar store. You can design them simply or intricately depending on how creative you want to be or how much time you have to assemble them. They won’t leak water like other snow globes, and they have a very Christmassy design that represents a classic Christmas tradition.



Mason Jars - any size(s)

One Package of Snow Flakes - Found at Michaels around the holidays. A three quart bag filled three large and two small mason jars.

Small toy cars. I bought a pack of generic cars in the dollar section at Toys R Us. They even came with cones and road signs which I repainted as signs you would find in a Christmas tree lot or farm.

Small model trees, sleds, road signs, characters. I found packages of trees and sleds at Michaels in the section where they sell the tiny, light-up villages.

Ribbon - found in the dollar bin at Michaels.

Paint and brushes - whatever you have sitting around the house.

Winter/Christmas/Letter stickers - I bought mine at Michaels, but you can find packages of stickers in any dollar store.

Hot glue gun and hot glue


Assembling Your Snow Globes

Step 1

Pour the snow flakes into each mason jar. Fill the jar up to halfway full, but leave room to fill it with your trees, cars, and other accessories.

Step 2

Hot glue one of the trees to a car or sled.

Step 3

Insert your car or sled into the jar on top of the snow. Add characters, signs, more trees, or other model pieces to your scene.

Step 4

Screw the lid onto the jar. Paint the top if you wish. Allow it to dry all the way.

Step 5

Glue ribbon around the edge of the lid of your jar. Make sure the paint on top of your lid has dried so that it doesn’t bleed through the ribbon.

Step 6

Stick your stickers onto the outside of the jar. I used snowflakes and glittery letters to spell out “Merry Christmas”. Then, I stuck the date onto the top of the lid.

Step 7

Wrap and give away as a cute, homemade Christmas gift, or enjoy yourself.

Have you ever made a homemade snow globe? Did you make this one? If so, let me know how it went in the comments below.


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      Laura Smith 

      10 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Thanks! You too!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      10 months ago from Chicago Area

      Love snow globes! This non-water design is super practical. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us and Happy Holidays!


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