DIY Homemade Snow Globes

Is it really that time, time to start prepping for Christmas? Woohoo!!!

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So, as you know my dear BFF just recovered from surgery
and I spent the month of October at her house taking care of her and her son as she recovered.
Most of you also know that she takes full advantage of the BFF status so that I work for her for free.


We both believe that a BFF’s is entitled to ask their BFF to work for free.
You can sew – Will you make the baby’s carseat cover?
You have design experience – Will you make my house look awesome?
You are an organizational pro – Will you make my budget work?
You are an artist – will you make a huge 6’x6′ piece for my family room?
Like you would do for a sister or other family member.
It’s not an imposition, it’s a right, and it’s totally cool to ask, and totally cool if you have to say no.
But, let’s be honest, we rarely say no to one another – those are real life examples we have asked of one another… and we delivered.

So, this year when the BFF asked me to create her Christmas decor,
I got excited because she legitimately gives me free reign. Like this:
Her: “Will you decorate for Christmas?”
Me: “Sure, I have a cool idea I have been wanting to do… do you want to hear about it?”
Her: “If you would do it in your house, do it in mine.”
Me: “Sweet, I’m on it.”

So we decided to go with a less traditional color scheme and theme,
and I L-O-V-E love it.

Typography in Lavender and Royal Blue.

This means that we made some sweet typography holders (read: snow globes!) for her mantel. Check ’em out:

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Here’s how you can make your own Snow Globes!

Spell out any word you like, we went with “Christmas,” using Fridge Magnet Letters ($1 @ Walmart)

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Seal the magnets with old nail polish so that the metal wouldn’t rust while sitting in water.
Make sure you paint beyond the magnet so that it is really sealed well.

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Spray each letter with spray paint, we used Lavender and Royal Blue.
Set aside to dry.

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For the jars – buy some clearance baby food jars in different sizes – this adds interest to the display.
Note: this project took place while the good camera was in the shop… so some pics are iphone.

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Wash and dry all the jars.

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Spray paint the lids white (like this project.)

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Take your the trusty glue gun (a Top 5 Craft supply) and made little mounds in the upturned lids to give our letters a base.
Essentially its just a huge blob of glue – make sure you leave space around the edge for the jar to fit in the lid.
Spray the glue mounts white too so they look like awesome little snow drifts.

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Then attach your letters atop the mound.

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Fill your jars with glitter and water (almost 100% full)

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Quickly place a bead of glue all the way around the inner lip of the lid, flipped it over, and put it on the water filled jar.

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Twist that sucker on their good.

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Flip over again, and voila! A rad personalized snow globe!

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you can also spray paint things you have around your home to add to the snow globes…

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like a broken pendant…

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or your child’s old Toy Story figurine (Piggy Bank) or old Christmas decor bottle brush trees.
Really, the only limit is your imagination.
(I have always wanted to say that! I feel like a teacher. Oh yeah.. and, Knowledge is Power!)

What will you put in your snow globes?

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  1. Very cute! Pinning to do with my kids!

  2. I love your snow globes. I would love to have you share this with this weeks Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. The link to the party is
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
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  3. Oh I am totally in LOVE with this!! I have an old bottle brush that would work for a Christmas tree snowglobe! I can’t wait to get started on it! Thanks for the ideas. I’m totally pinning this.:)
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  4. What an ADORABLE idea, I love it!! I am thinking beyond Christmas and making one of these with my daughter’s initial for her!

    Thanks so much for the idea, April!!
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