It’s that time of year when it’s appropriate to have snow globes, so why not try some DIY snow globes? I didn’t have any cool little figurines or miniature trees to put inside mine, so I used some photos. This is way better than the ones you can buy. Besides, any excuse to play with glitter, right?

Supplies:

1. Glitter! I had an assortment, but I recommend using the smaller flakes. The big ones tend to get stuck.

All of the glitter.

All of the glitter.

2. Mineral oil. You can use other things like glycerine, but mineral oil is easier in my opinion. You don’t have to find the right consistency, you just dump it in. It’s a little thick, so the glitter stays suspended for a while. FYI – it’s also great for removing makeup or the oil cleansing method of face washing.

Also a laxative.

Also a laxative.

3. A picture, some scissors, and a jar.

This was from our engagement photos

This was from our engagement photos 🙂

4. Also a laminator, which I didn’t take a picture of, even though it’s my favorite thing in the world.

The Process:

1. Prepare your picture. I cut this down to size so it would fit inside the mason jar. I also glued a piece of decorative scrapbooking paper to the back before laminating so there would be something fun on the other side. Laminate that bitch and cut it out.

Like so

Like so

2. Fill your jar with glitter. Not this much glitter. Turns out this was about 500% too much.

Oops.

Oops.

3. Slide the picture into the jar against one side. Probably would’ve been a good idea to glue it in place, but I didn’t.

Like this

Like this

4. Fill with the mineral oil, make sure the lid is on tightly, and give it a shake.

Not pictured: the dense glitter storm that ensued inside this jar. This was my trial run and it took about 2 hours for the glitter to settle and actually see the picture again. I’m only slightly exaggerating. But it’s still on our mantle right now because I refuse to admit defeat.

So I made some other ones with my 3 year old nephew as gifts. Despite all the glitter and the involvement of a small child, they turned out much better.

To make this snowman, I just hot glued felt on the outside of the jar for the face and scarf. Easy peasy. I let my nephew pick out the colors of the glitter and pour it in. I also used black acrylic paint for the lid.

Before/After

Before/After Shaking

He used an appropriate amount of glitter with my assistance.

DIY Snow Globes

Noice

Then we made another one for his dad and his girlfriend. Again, I laminated a picture that my nephew chose. This time it was smaller and I used super glue to attach it to a mound of decorative pebbles to the lid of the jar. I let the super glue dry over night.

DIY Snow Globes

And also got super glue all over my hand

My nephew picked out the glitter for this one as well. You can’t really see it well, but we used some orange and gold which went nicely with the fall photo.

DIY Snow Globes

Also giant glitter

Tips:

  1. Use something other than mineral oil if you want your “snow” to fall quicker.
  2. I can’t believe I’m saying this… but there is such thing as too much glitter. Ugh, I hate admitting that. I love glitter <3
  3. If you’re doing a photo snow globe, stick to the smaller glitter flakes. The big ones catch the light nicely but distort the picture more than the little guys.
  4. Cheese and rice, let the super glue dry before you touch it.
  5. Have fun! These DIY snow globes were glittery fun times.