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Fun Holiday Craft Idea - DIY Snow Globe with your Photos

Creating a DIY snow globe with your own photo is a fun and personalized craft project to decorate for the holidays or give as gifts. Here's a step-by-step guide to making your own photo snow globe:

Materials You'll Need:

  • A clear glass or plastic jar with a screw-on lid

  • A waterproof photo print (you can have a photo printed on waterproof paper at a print shop)

  • A small plastic or ceramic figurine or ornament (optional)

  • Glycerin (available at craft stores)

  • Distilled water

  • Glitter or faux snow

  • Waterproof glue

  • Epoxy or waterproof adhesive (optional)

  • Clear silicone sealant (optional)


1. Prepare Your Photo:

  • Choose a photo that you want to feature in your snow globe. Ensure it's printed on waterproof paper and trimmed to the desired size to fit inside the jar.

2. Attach the Photo to the Lid:

  • Use waterproof glue to attach the photo to the inside of the jar lid. Make sure it's centered and securely glued in place.

3. Add Glitter or Faux Snow:

  • Sprinkle a small amount of glitter or faux snow into the jar. Be careful not to overfill; you want the snow to swirl gently when shaken.

4. Add Glycerin and Water:

  • Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water, leaving a little space to prevent overflow when you insert the figurine.

  • Add a few drops of glycerin. Glycerin makes the snowfall more slowly and helps the glitter or snowflakes float gently. You can adjust the amount of glycerin to control the snow's falling speed.

5. Insert the Figurine (Optional):

  • If you have a small figurine or ornament you'd like to include, glue it securely to the inside of the lid, opposite the photo.

6. Seal the Lid:

  • Carefully screw the lid back onto the jar, making sure it's sealed tightly. Check for any leaks or drips; if needed, add a layer of clear silicone sealant around the inside of the lid before sealing it.

7. Shake and Enjoy:

  • Shake your snow globe gently to create a snowy scene around your photo. You can shake it as often as you like to enjoy the falling "snow."


  • Be sure to use waterproof materials to prevent the photo from getting damaged when exposed to moisture.

  • If your photo has any sensitive or delicate elements, consider applying a waterproof varnish or adhesive over it for extra protection.

  • Experiment with different figurines, ornaments, or colored glitter to create unique and personalized snow globes.

  • Personalize the base of the snow globe by adding a label or a message with a waterproof marker or sticker.

Creating your own photo snow globe is a delightful way to showcase your favorite memories and add a touch of personalized charm to your décor or gift-giving. If you need updated photos for this project, click HERE!

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