Glitter DIY snow globes are fun to make, are a great craft to do with kids, and double as a calm down sensory bottle for a little quiet time on days when the whole family is going a little stir crazy!
We’re going on day two of no school (thank you very much, winter break!), and we’re already going a bit stir crazy. So, we’re crafting … duh. I’ve wanted to make DIY snow globes for years, and winter break seemed like the perfect opportunity to make our own winter-themed mini snow globes. These glitter DIY snow globes also double as great DIY calm down sensory bottle – awesome for quiet time for young kids.
DIY glitter snow globes are actually the perfect Christmas activity – especially when you use those mini bottle brush trees. (We got ours in the Target dollar section!) Plus, any craft that involves glitter is my kind of craft. ✨ And in case the thought of glitter exploding all over your living room makes you shudder, we have a really simple glitter hack for ya. All you have to do is craft inside a cardboard box! Any time we use glitter in projects, we work inside an old cardboard box. Whether we’re gluing glitter onto something, or filling jars with glitter for these DIY snow globes, we just set the project inside a large cardboard box and glitter away in the box. Easy peasy and no mess beyond the box … which you can then recycle. 🙌
The best part about these glittery DIY snow globes or sensory globes is that kids can easily help out with making this.
They’re also super customizable. You can fill your snow globe with everything from mini bottle brush trees to fake snow, glitter, water beads, small toys like animals, snowmen, houses, or other decorations. The props and toys get glued down to the bottom of the inside of the jar lid, and then you fill your jar with fake snow, glitter, water, and liquid glycerin or light corn syrup.
It’s actually the liquid glycerin or corn syrup that helps to slow down the “glitter fall” and makes snow globes so mesmerizing.
To make our own glitter DIY snow globes we used old baby food jars, though jelly jars or mason jars of varying sizes would have worked great here too. The key to a good snow globe jar is to find jars with solid lids that can screw on tight. You’ll use glue to seal that lid on, but a waterproof/leak-proof lid is essential.
Make these glittery DIY snow globes this weekend with your kids, and watch how amazed they’ll be with their sparkling creations!
How to Make Glitter DIY Snow Globes
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- small glass jar with tight-fitting lid (i.e., an empty baby food jar, jelly jar, or mason jar)
- hot glue gun or super glue
- liquid glycerin or light corn syrup
- fake sparkling snow or glitter
- small/mini toy/faux trees, animals, houses, or other decorations
- optional: spray paint to paint the lid, ribbon, sequins, stickers, washi tape, etc. to decorate the lid
- Use the superglue or hot glue to affix your trees or other decorative items to the inside of the lid. Allow to dry completely. (This is a job for parents/grown-ups.)
- Fill your jar about 3/4 full of water (or about 1/2 if using corn syrup).
- Put a few generous pinches of glitter or fake snow in the jar.
- Screw the lid on very tightly.
- Turn your jar upside-down and watch the glitter/snow fall inside your homemade DIY snow globe.
- Now add several drops of liquid glycerin (or an equal amount of corn syrup) making sure you leave room for air at the top. Repeat step 5. If you want to be sure the jar is sealed permanently, line the inside rim of the lid with your glue and then screw it on tightly.
- You can also decorate the base (lid) of your snow globe with ribbon, fabric, sequins, stickers, or washi tape. We actually spray painted our baby food jar lids gold first. (If you paint your lid, be sure to do it first and allow it to completely dry before starting your DIY snow globe project.)
We had so much fun making these, I’m already dreaming up ways to make Valentine’s Day snow globes (maybe with conversation heart erasers) and pink and red glitter, Halloween snow globes (spooky trees, plastic bats and spiders, and black glitter), etc. The list goes on an on!
And I mean, look how excited Scarlett is.
Stir crazy crafting for the win! 😍😍😍
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Photos by Annie Timmons Photography for Glitter, Inc.