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Winter Craft: Waterless Snow Globes! by Brenda Ponnay for

Winter Craft: Waterless Snow Globes!

By Brenda Ponnay

Snow globes are such a funny thing. They are meant to be shaken and yet so many of them are breakable and expensive and we’re always telling kids not to touch. That’s just cruel, I think. What if we made a snow globe that was meant to be shaken? What if it was a craft that kids could make themselves!?! Now that’s an idea!

happy new year!

I present to you: Waterless Snow Globes. So easy to make, even a kid could do it!


First you’ll need to gather your supplies

1. clear plastic ornaments that snap apart
2. snow glitter
3. canning jar lids (size small) (milk caps will do for smaller ornaments)
4. cotton balls
5. small toys, ornaments or festive doodads
6. white glue or a hot glue gun (not for kids)
7. cardboard cut into 2-inch discs
8. decorative ribbon

Now it’s time for directions

On your round 2-inch cardboard disc you’ll create your snowy scene. First, put down a layer of glue. (White glue will do but you know me, I love my glue gun. Just make sure if you’re using a glue gun not to let little kids touch the hot glue.) Then pull apart a fluffy white cotton ball and firmly stick it down onto the glue. Now you’re ready for your toys.

A word about snow globe toys: It’s difficult to find vintage plastic reindeer these days. They used to be everywhere but due to toy manufacturer regulations it’s getting harder and harder to find small bits to put inside a snow globe. You can order them online in some places but you can also use mini ornaments—just cut off the hanging loop. Miniature trees from model train sets work well too. I found some winter garland and cut the top off of a glittered fern to look like a small tree. You can even make a small snowman like I did with some styrofoam balls and tiny sticks.

Once you’ve found your toys and glued them into your snowy scene, you’re ready to pop them into your plastic globes. It’s easiest to work with your globe if you set it into the canning lid that will eventually become your snow globe base. Don’t glue it yet though. Just use the base as a little stand until you have everything in place.

Take your cardboard disc (that has a snow scene on top of it) and gently put a line of glue around the back outside edge. This will attach to the back inside curve of one half of your open globe. Once that is nice and secure, add some glue to the bottom of your open globe and the bottom of your cardboard disc and then stuff some cotton under the disc in the remaining space. This will help your snow scene stay nice and secure when it’s getting shaken like a polaroid.

Now the fun part: Add your glitter snow! A pinch or two will do.

let it snow! let it snow! let it snow!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Once everything is in place, close the globe with the other half and get ready to glue it to your canning lid base. Just apply the glue to the canning lid and then set your globe down in it, making sure your snow scene is nice and level.

gettin' cozy with it

Add some decorative ribbon to the top and you’re done!

winter waterless snowglobes

Perfect for any mantle, shelf or little kid hands!

upside down!

Go ahead and let them shake up a snowstorm or two!

shake-it-up fun!

It won’t break, it’s plastic!

Find more Christmas Crafts here!

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • KelleyD

    December 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I love it! You just made my day! I have been thinking about a craft the moms and kiddos in my moms’ group could do in January and this is going to be it!

  • Yara

    December 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Those are super cute! 

  • KelleyD

    December 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    And my plans are foiled! Michaels was completely out of any and all decorate your own type ornaments! Which is absolutely shocking to me, they usually have several bins of them well into the new year! For me to snatch up super cheap! Sooooo disappointed!

  • Brenda Ponnay

    December 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    @KellyD Oh no!!!  Could you order them online?

  • KelleyD

    December 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t know, probably, but in looking about at articles at CafeMom, there was a very similar craft {they put the water in} that used canning jars and baby food jars and things of that nature 🙂 so maybe I’ll give that a shot. Also makes it a little more family friendly, since who doesn’t have jars laying about the house ready to go to recycling?
    I’m just really surprised that there were NONE of the DIY ornaments left! They always have had bins and bins full of them well past Christmas at our local Michaels! But they were wiped out of everything when I went in there yesterday!

  • KelleyD

    December 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    We did your Chinese New Year lanterns that you did a couple years back last year, and they were a big hit! 🙂

  • armand im 8 years old!

    December 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    i made one too with a jar ,water a little snowman and soap.soap is a good idea if you dont have glitter.

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  • Tai

    December 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Just want to know where I can buy clear plastic oranaments. ??

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