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.

Hi Stacey:

Sharpie Markers are permanent and very quick drying. Stampin' Write Markers don't seem to dry and i am not sure about Fabrico's as I have never used them. Sharpies work on Acetate/transparency in the way that Stayzon works on non porous surfaces.


Vicki Garrett  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 8:12 AM
Thank you Vicki. I plan on making a snowglobe this afternoon. I too am a SU demonstrator. I just heard about SCS over the past few months. I am hooked and now spend too much time on the computer. Thanks again for your quick response and faboulous ideas. I am browsing your gallery as we speak, it is phenomenal. Thanks so much.

Stacey  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 8:23 AM
Vicki, Love it! Glad you are getting better, and sorry I did not get to meet you when I was home. See you soon though right?
Diana Gibbs  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 9:49 AM
Colleen, try using a plastic ornament instead of a glass one. It will still work.


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
Jen  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 11:14 AM
VERY CUTE! Love it and can't wait to try this one out. Thanks for sharing this great idea.
Rhonda K.  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 11:38 AM
LOVE your idea and your ornament. Thanks for sharing these step-by-step instructions.

Jennifer smile
Lovetostamp6  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 1:27 PM
Awesome! I have leftover ornaments from stamp camp and this is perfect for them!
Lisa  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 6:34 PM
Awesome tutorial, Vicki! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Karine  |  Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 9:08 AM
this is just ADORABLE! and what an awesome tutorial. thankyou for sharing your incredible ideas.
annette  |  Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 9:32 AM
They have some really cute little bottles of Coke at Walmart that I think I'll try this with.
Anita  |  Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 4:23 PM
I think this is one of the cutest things I have seen lately! I went to Michaels and Joann's looking for this artificial snow, so I must not know just what to look for. Am I the only one who is having a problem finding something for the inside to look like snow? Please help!
Keila  |  Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 6:48 PM
I just bought snow at Michaels. It was by the ornaments, it was called buffalo snow. Hope that helps.
shelly poduska  |  Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 8:53 PM
Shelly, thank you, I'll check it out tomorrow.
Kheila  |  Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 9:40 PM
VERY cute! I've been meaning to buy some fruit cocktail (for the cans) anyways smile Now, off to JoAnns for some snow!
Cat  |  Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 6:27 AM
This was posted on Serendipity Scrapbooks Forum and I found you from there...this is the most adorable little thing that looks SO easy to make. I have a child who needs to make a gift for a swap and I think he is going to have the COOLEST gift! Thank you for taking the time to give us GREAT step-by-step directions! They are amazing!
Carrie  |  Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 8:29 AM
I love this, would it be too expensive to do as a class gift? I am room mom for a 6th grade class, we are doing the two classes together, so its a total of 47 kids. I think they would love this, any tips on how to make it more cost effective ladies, need ideas soon since our party is on the 18th. Thank you!
Angie  |  Sun Dec 2, 2007 at 8:35 AM
Hi Vicki!
I LOVE this idea. I went out and bought all of the supplies. I'm having trouble coloring with the Sharpies though. I keep getting lines (especially with the darker colors (brown) and it is very noticible. Any suggestions? Could it be the acetate I'm using?

Thanks a bunch!
Tracy  |  Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 6:54 PM
Hi Tracy!!! Are you using a light touch with the sharpies???? They won't dry right away so you can try to "squiggle" the markers a little bit to blend them more...............also, try letting the sharpie dry, put a second coat on the back. If you are still having trouble, let me know and I will see If I can think about additional solutions,

Vicki Garrett  |  Fri Dec 14, 2007 at 7:05 PM
do you add water to the snowglobe? thanks
Jerri  |  Sat Jan 5, 2008 at 5:25 AM
Nope, No Water, just snow!!!
vicki  |  Sat Jan 5, 2008 at 7:55 AM

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