You can have a white Christmas!

You can have a white Christmas!

Obviously, we don’t get snow at Christmas in WA – but snow scenes are still irresistible. So, in the absence of the real thing, make a snow globe with the kids!

November 26, 2020
3 DIY Christmas snow globes

You will need:

  • Empty jars and lids with the labels removed: These could be from preserves, pickles or any empty mason-style jars you have lying around.
  • Ornaments to put into the jars – mini fake Christmas trees, decorations etc. Just make sure they are waterproof.
  • Glycerin (available at supermarkets)
  • Waterproof glue (we used a glue gun)
  • White, silver, gold or coloured glitter (chunkier glitter works best. Don’t use fine glitter as it will clump together)
  • Paint for the jar lids (optional)
  • Distilled water


  1. Take the lids off the jars and turn them upside down.
  2. Carefully place your ornament on the inside of the lid and glue it down.
  3. Add approximately 2 teaspoons of glitter each jar, depending on its size.
  4. Fill with distilled water and add glycerine. Start with a few drops until you’re happy with the consistency. – this helps to suspend the glitter in the water, creating that magical snow-like effect.
  5. When you are ready to add the lid and ornament to the jar, sit it in the sink or in a bowl so that any overflow doesn’t make a mess. It is better to fill the water to the top and have the excess spill out when you put the lid on; this means there won’t be a space at the top of your snow globe because the jar is not completely filled with water.
  6. Screw the lid on tightly and give it a good shake!

Here are 4 more ideas for things to add to your snow globe

  • Glue white gravel to the inside of the lid to look like snow. Make sure you leave room around the edge for the lid to screw onto the jar.
  • Laminate a photo and give the snow globe as a gift for grandparents
  • Add Lego characters – it doesn’t have to be something Christmassy!
  • Make your own figures from polymer resin clay (available at craft shops).

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