It’s that time of year again—the temperatures are dropping outside, but spirits are running high with holiday cheer!

If you’re looking for a great indoor project to do with your family, we’ve got a wonderful wintery craft for you…these DIY snow globes are the perfect way to entertain your kids on a chilly day, and they make terrific gifts for the holidays! Our friends at eCollegeFinder, an educational resource for students seeking online colleges, have created a step-by-step guide to help you put these together. Children will love creating festive scenes with miniature trees, snowmen, sleds, and of course, glittery snow that floats down over their winter wonderland.

Just follow the steps below, and send us photos of your finished snow globes so we can see how they came out! Happy Holidays!

  1. Gather all of the supplies you’ll need to complete the project. Be sure to have mason jars in a variety of different sizes if you are planning to create a display in your window or mantle. Glass jars of all types will work, so if you’d like, try experimenting with jelly jars, pickle jars, etc. We used full size mason jars (you can buy these at the grocery store), salsa jars, baby food jars, etc to change up the size of our snow globes. You will also need faux snow—we used iridescent cellophane flakes that float in the air to add a festive touch. While at the craft store, also pick up a can of metallic spray paint in the color of your choice, craft glue (tacky glue works great), assorted wintery figurines, and ribbons. 
  2. If you are crafting with mason jars, use the tacky glue to attach the inside disc to the rim of the lid to form one piece. 
  3. Next, spray the outside of the lid with your spray paint. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area, like a garage or storage shed. You may need to apply two or three coats to get your desired coverage, and make sure that you let the paint dry completely after each coat. 
  4. If the jar lids are fairly deep, you may want to make a platform out of cardboard so that your figurines will stand tall in your snow globe. We made platforms that were between a half inch and one inch high for the bigger jars because our figurines were small. Remember to leave space around the platforms so that the jars can still fit in the lids and be secured in the threads. If you don’t feel that you will have this problem, proceed by gluing the figurines directly into the insides of the jar lids. Create an assortment of different scenes by using decorative objects of various colors and sizes. We used different size trees and snowmen in ours! Let your figurines dry in the lids completely. 
  5. If you are using snowflake stickers, now is the time to apply them to the side of the jar that will act as the background for the snowglobe. Then, pour a layer of faux snow into the jar, but be sure that it is not so much snow that it will cover your entire winter scene.
  6. Hold the lid with the figurines glued on upside down, and screw the lid onto the jar filled with snow. When it is sealed, tie a ribbon of your choice around the edge of the lid. Then turn the jar over so that the snow falls down over the your winter wonderland, creating a cheery holiday scene.

Experiment with different figurines, scenes, jar types, and snow amounts for a fun collection of holiday décor.

Display your homemade snow globes on your fireplace mantel or as a festive centerpiece on your holiday dinner table.

Your kids will love to give these as holiday gifts, and will be proud to claim this homemade holiday décor as their own!  Have a happy and healthy holiday!

Leslie Steinberg is a writer and content creator who dabbles in all things DIY. She works with eCollegeFinder, a resource for students seeking online colleges and degrees, where she develops educational content for the website.