How to Make Your Own Snow Globe

It's easy to make a homemade snow globe, plus this is a fun science project.
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The chemistry part of this snow globe lies in choosing a good liquid and sealant for your globe. It is nontoxic and fun! Another version of this project involves making chemical snow.

Homemade Snow Globe Materials

Use your imagination to decorate the "globe." Common ingredients include:

  • Small Jars with Lids
  • Mineral Oil or Water
  • Egg Shell and/or​ Glitter
  • Glue Gun or Sealant
  • Decorative Objects

Assemble the Snow Globe

  1. You can use a variety of jars: baby food, pimiento, jelly, or any clear jar with a tight-sealing lid.
  2. Use a glue gun, aquarium sealant, or florist clay to adhere your 'scene' to the inside of the lid. Allow glue to cure the required time before adding liquid.
  3. Fill the jar with mineral oil, baby oil, or water. The snow or glitter will fall more slowly in the oil.
  4. Add crushed egg shell for snow and glitter, if desired.
  5. Carefully set the lid (with the scene) onto the full jar and seal it tightly.
  6. You may wish to apply more glue or sealant around the outside rim of the jar to ensure a good seal.
  7. You did great! Enjoy.

Tips for Success

  1. Adult supervision is required if you are using a glue gun or sealant. Sealants often give off toxic fumes, so be careful!
  2. Crush egg shells by rolling over then with a rolling pin, with the shells inside a heavy-duty plastic bag.
  3. Use your creativity! You can add food coloring, bits of costume jewelry, make figures from plastic twist-ties, etc.
  4. You can make a decorative cover for the lid with fabric and ribbon.
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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "How to Make Your Own Snow Globe." ThoughtCo, Apr. 5, 2023, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2023, April 5). How to Make Your Own Snow Globe. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "How to Make Your Own Snow Globe." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 2, 2023).