Snow globes are cute Christmas decorations – and so easy to make on your own! Our Christmas snow globes this year were inspired by The Animals’ Santa (affiliate link). In the book, Little Snow and all his animal friends imagine who their Santa is. The snow globes were fun for the kids to hold and shake as we read the story – and would really work for many other holiday stories as well!
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- vegetable glycerine
- Clear jars
- animal figures (we used the Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB)
- styrofoam balls
- X-ACTO knife
To make the snow globes, you glue the animal figures to the lid of the jar, and fill the jar with water and glitter.
I glued half a styrofoam ball to the lid and put an animal on top of the ball. This raised the height of the figures – and made it look like they were sitting on a big pile of snow! You’ll want to play around with it a bit to see what spacing you like. Cut the styrofoam balls in half using an X-ACTO knife. Depending on the size of the jar, you might need to trim a bit off the sides as well.
Instead of gluing the animal to the top of the ball, I pressed the feet into the ball. There is probably a good chance that the animal figures will come dislodged from the ball at some point and float around the jars – but I think that’s probably going to be ok with my kids!
Once the glue is dry, fill the jars about 3/4 of the way with water, and add in a few drops of glycerine and a whole lot of glitter. You may need to play around with the amount of water, depending on how much space the animals take up in the jar.
Then put the lids on. I glued them to make sure they aren’t opened by little hands. And because my 3 year old asked if he could drink them. (This is also why the jars are only used under supervision!) I also glued a ribbon around the edge of the lid. Using a red and green ribbon just made it a little more festive.
Then give it to the kids to make it storm!
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