Every Christmas needs a classic snow globe. These DIY mini snow globes are completely customizable and so fun to make. I firmly believe everything is better when it’s miniature!
This project will require a lot of attention to detail and patience. But it’s worth it! These mini snow globes turned out so cute. You can make them as intricate or simple as you’d like. I have a friend who does amazing little clay figures that would work in these as well, but I wanted to try it with these cute woodland creatures first!
Mini snow globes supplies:
- Darice Miniatures
- I also used these cute mushroom birds
- Darice Fake Snow or Glitter (NOT paper based)
- Mini Darice Snow Globes
- Distilled Water
- Glycerin (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Rubber Cement
Arrange and hot glue your miniatures where you’d like them. Be sure not to cover up the hole for the water!!
I wanted them facing all directions so if I messed something up I could turn it around and it would still look cute! I do that a lot when I DIY because the nature of handmade means mistakes are made.
Place your snow in the clear part of the globe. I added about 1 inch worth.
Fill the globe at least half full with distilled water. I also made a little tree snow globe and that one needed much less water because the tree filled so much of the space.
Now you will add rubber cement around the rim of the bottom of the globe where you just glued your animals.
Place the bottom on the clear part of the globe. You are going to have to keep these upside down until the glue is dry so find a place you can do this!
Once your glue is dry you will fill the rest of your globe with water. This is pretty difficult with such a small hole so I suggest getting a helper to hold the globe while you very slowly fill the remainder of the globe.
Once it is full, insert the globe plug and you’re all done!
- Super glue is extremely fluid and will drip down the sides of your globe leaving trails of glitter. Unless that’s a look you’re going for, don’t use super glue.
- The hole to fill the globes is extremely small. Smaller than any funnel I’ve used! If you feel like the hole is plugged and water isn’t going in, it’s because you poured it too fast. Slow and steady wins this race. Try to get it DIRECTLY in the hole and you shouldn’t have this issue. A syringe also worked well!
- Glycerin is suggested if you want your glitter to hover a little longer when you shake it but if you put too much the glitter will only float. I didn’t want to risk this and because this is such a small globe you would need maybe a drip of it for that effect.
- I said it above but be sure the ‘snow’ you choose is heavy enough to sink! You don’t want fluffy white hovering at the top of your globe. Glitter worked well for me and there are some fake snows made from plastic that should sink.
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I don’t think style has to be sacrificed for price! I love creating DIYs that don’t look homemade and look deceptively expensive. Practical and Pretty began because I said ‘I could make that!’ so often that I decided to finally do it, and document my process.