How to Make a Homemade Snow Globe

Make a DIY Chicken-Themed Snow Globe to Celebrate Your Flock

Handmade snow globes are popular these days for good reason. They are one of the most rustic and versatile crafts you can make. Both adults and kids love them. They can be themed any way you like. And you can make them with or without water.

If you're going to make snow globes, it's a good idea to look for your ingredients early on because they can get hard to find the closer you get to the big day. Items like glitter, faux snow and miniature figurines sell out. On the other hand, the closer you get to Christmas, the more discounted some of your items will be at the craft store. Shop early for the basic items and those you can't live without. And shop often because you never know where you'll find a fabulous DIY snow globe item.


DIY Snow Globes With Water

Here's what you'll need to get started:
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Plastic figurines to make a scene inside the jar
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin
  • Fine glitter of any color you'd like
  • Epoxy glue (waterproof) 


First things first, you'll need to pick out your jar. Any empty jar with a lid will do, from baby food jars to pickle jars and mason jars. The jar you pick out will dictate the figurines you choose since they will have to fit on the inside of your lid. That's why it's nice to have a little more lid space by using a wide-mouthed jar. 

For me, chickens are always front and center. Heading to the craft store a little later in the season, I was able to find some chicken-themed figurines to make my snow globe last through the winter. I found a large white rooster, a set with a rooster and hen plus a chicken-themed weather vane. I rounded my vignette off with a green evergreen tree.  

Quick Tip: For evergreen figurines, wash off excess green by placing your trees in a jar of water and shaking it. Do this several times, replacing the water each time, until the water remains clear after shaking. 

Once you're all set with a jar and figurines, it's easy to put everything together. Glue the figurines to the inside of your jar lid. Follow the instructions on your glue and make sure that it's completely dry before moving forward. 


Add as much glitter as you'd like to your empty glass jar. Then fill the jar with distilled water, making sure to leave a little room since the water will displace once you add your figurines.  Add just a drop or two of glycerin to the water. This will ensure your glitter falls evenly when the snow globe is shaken. 

Quick Tip: You can practice making the water/glitter/glycerin combination before putting it in your final jar. 


One your water is set and your vignette is completely dry, go ahead and place your lid on the jar. For the moment, your figurines will be upside down. If you're using a mason jar, make sure you add the rim and tighten it well. 

Quick Tip: You can adjust the water level in your jar as needed by reopening the jar and adding small amounts. 


Once you're satisfied with your water level and the lid has been tightened, turn your jar upside down with the lid on the bottom. Your snow globe vignette will be right-side-up and you can shake the jar to create a snowy scene.

DIY Snow Globes Without Water

For storing and long-term keeping, sometimes it's easiest not to deal with a jar full of water. That's where dry snow globes come in handy.

No, you don't get to see suspended snowflakes gently fall over your winter vignette, but you also don't have to worry about your items degrading in water and you can easily make changes inside the scene if the fancy strikes.



Here's what you'll need to get started:
  • Glass jar with lid
  • Plastic figurines to make a scene inside the jar
  • Faux snow
  • Glue 
Layout your figurines on the inside portion of your jar lid so you know where everything will eventually go. You may want to vary heights to allow more snow and easier viewing. I used old wine corks to add height and made sure to add enough snow to cover the corks.

Glue everything in place and allow to dry. Add faux snow into your jar.

*If you find everything doesn't fit on your lid, you can stand your jar upright with the opening pointing up. Then you can affix your figurines inside the bottom of the jar.


Insert your lid onto your jar so the figures are hanging upside down. Gently tighten the lid, then turn the jar upside down so it's sitting on its lid.

You'll have a dry snow globe and a snowy winter scene. You can open the jar and adjust your snow amount as needed.

That's it! It couldn't be easier to make a homemade snow globe with or without water.

With a small amount of crafting skill and lots of creativity, you can make your own unique snow globes. Consider Christmas themes or winter themes so your globes can be displayed throughout the cold months.

Enjoy your DIY snow globes!

1 comment:

  1. Just found your was the next after mine and I accidentally opened it! Whilst I wont be making a snow globe, I will come back and read your older posts which look really interesting!
    Thank you! Judi


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