Snow Globe

by Vickie Garrett

Make your own snow globe with a glass ornament, acetate and a small can.


  • Acetate
  • Circular Cutting System
  • 4.5" Glass Ornament with removable stopper
  • Fruit Cocktail or similar sized can
  • Black and White Stazon™
  • Sharpie Markers™
  • White Gel Pen
  • Patterned Paper
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Snow
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • Crystal Effects™
  • Craft Tweezers


  1. Step 1

    Use circle cutting system to cut a 4 1/2" circle out of acetate.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp the main image onto the acetate with Stazon.

  3. Step 3

    Color the image with Sharpie markers.

  4. Step 4

    Fill in white areas with either the white gel pen or white acrylic paint.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp snowflakes around the main image with White Stazon.

    Set image aside to dry.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a strip of patterned paper to fit the width and circumference of the emptied, cleaned can. This will be the snow globe's base.

    Here, a 2”x 9” strip was used.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere Sticky Strip to the back side of the patterned paper.

  8. Step 8

    Peel backing from adhesive strip and carefully wrap paper around the circumference of the can.

  9. Step 9

    Tie a ribbon around the mid-section of the can and set aside for assembly.

  10. Step 10

    Going back to your acetate image, add additional color to the reverse side of the image. This will deepen the colors.

    Make sure that you are applying the color to the reverse side as adding color to the main side will likely result in lifting the color from the image.

    Additional white is not necessary as it tends to be quite opaque and covers well with one layer.

    Set image aside to dry.

  11. Step 11

    When image is fully dry, roll the acetate and insert it into the ball (ornament).

  12. Step 12

    Using craft tweezers, carefully manipulate the image until the acetate fills the ball and lines up with the middle of the neck.

    Make sure that the top of the image is at the bottom of the ball. The bottom of the image (Santa’s feet) will suspend just over the stopper hole.

  13. Step 13

    Add artificial snow to both sides of the image by pouring or spooning it in.

  14. Step 14

    Cut a square of foil, double the layer, and place it over the stopper hole.

  15. Step 15

    Carefully replace the ornament cap.

    Add some tape to the outside of the stopper to block the small hole and to reinforce the project.

  16. Step 16

    Liberally apply Crystal Effects to the upper lip of the can.

  17. Step 17

    Invert the ornament stopper down onto the can and set aside to dry.


    No color
    Stamp main images with Stazon and skip the need to color.

    Swap the season
    Use sand instead of the artificial snow, and create a cool beach scene.

    Extra dimension
    Add Stickles™ Glitter for additional dimension, but make sure that it is fully dry prior to rolling the acetate.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Snow Globe. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is so neat and clever! I cannot wait to try it...I can only hope my results are half as beautiful as yours!
Lauri  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 6:57 AM
This is so darn cute....I've got to give it a try!
Sue  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 7:29 AM
Wow this is so cute and very creative!!! Very clever!!
Candy aka cwilliams  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 7:35 AM
This is adorable!! I love it! Thanks for an awesome tutorial!!
Rose Ann Reynolds  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 7:39 AM
This website is amazing. You are all so talented and have great imaginations. Thank you for the inspiration. I love the snow globe.
Elizabeth  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 8:05 AM
This is just adorable...! I'm going to have to try this with Big On Christmas...looks like it's time to go and get my Sharpies out of storage! Thanks for the tutorial...this looks so easy! Thanks for sharing! Happy Stampin! God Bless!
Stephanie Sebren  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 8:21 AM
This is just so cute... I just have to try it.
Great job on the tutorial you people are fantastic!
Tamara  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 8:47 AM
This is so cute!

So the acetate image will stay put? Does it "shake"? What does the foil at the bottom do?

StampingJen  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 8:49 AM
Very cute project! Won't be able to make it this year though, since the glass ornament is too fragile to have around in a house with toddlers!
Colleen  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 8:55 AM
OH MY Word!!! this is amazing! very cute, I will definitely be trying this! THANKS!
CrabbyAbbe  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 9:03 AM
What a very creative idea. Very easy to follow instructions. I'm going to have to put this on my list to try.
cathy  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 9:49 AM
Vicky, Oh my goodness, this is the most clever and adorable idea! When I first saw the project, I was like, is that a clear ornament?!...It is!!! How cute! I love this and I'll be trying it this weekend! Thanks for some awesome inspiration and a great tutorial!
Linsey  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 9:50 AM
Wow that Idea is soooooooooooo wonderful I am going to try that and have this on my list of favorites.... GREAT JOB!!!
ann wood  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 9:57 AM
What is artificial snow, and where can I get some? This project is way too cute!
sandy urschel  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 12:59 PM
Very cute!! On the finished one it looks like there are snowflakes all over the ball. Is there another step or is that just from the snowflakes on the acetate?
Karen Meno  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 1:25 PM
The Snowflakes are only on the acetate, the "faux snowflakes" kind of stick to the walls of the globe, making it look like there is snow on the glass as well.

You can purchase the artificial snow at your local craft stores. I was also able to get some at one of our $$$ Stores.

The acetate does stay in place, even with gentle shaking, but make sure the globe is fully adhered with the crystal effects prior to shaking!

The foil just keeps the flakes from sifting through the hole in the metal hasp.

They are very quick and easy to complete.


Vicki Garrett  |  Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 3:39 PM
What is acetate? and where can I get it??
Please help, Thanks
Becky  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 5:07 AM
Acetate is also known as overhead projector Transparency...............can be purchased at most Office Supply Stores.
Vicki Garrett  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 6:07 AM
Vicki, This snow globe is adorable. I was wondering why sharpies and not Stampin Up markers or Fabrico Markers? Thanks for a wonderful idea for a workshop.
Stacey  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 7:51 AM
I love this tutorial. You did an excellent job. I think it's the best tutorial I have ever seen.
Faye  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 8:00 AM

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