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

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Great Idea!!! Could you use recycled pieces of leftover laminate for the acetate center piece?
Just wondering......let me know.

Super cute idea!!!!!!
gogreenmama  |  Sun Jul 27, 2008 at 8:52 PM
This is so nice. I will put Santa upside down in the ball, and hang it on the Christmas tree.
Thank you so much for the idea.
Martha  |  Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 11:25 AM
Where does one buy the Santa stamp and the snow flake stamp?
Barbara  |  Thu Dec 18, 2008 at 2:49 PM
Where is the best place to get fake snow like used in this tutorial?
Kay  |  Thu Nov 12, 2009 at 5:39 PM
what stamp set did this Santa come from?
emily  |  Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM
can you tell me if the plastic covers on a cricut mat is acetate or will it work in the place of acetate?
COLLEEN BROWN  |  Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 10:51 PM
oh i love this, will have to try it at a later date, dont have no baubles but will look out for some plastic ones, and have a play with wghat i have available to me lol
tracy  |  Wed Dec 1, 2010 at 10:47 AM
Thank you for an EASY tutorial to make the Snow Globe. It is so pretty!
Is the StazOn WHITE the same as StazOn White Opaque or is there another StazOn White?
Stampin Busia  |  Wed Dec 1, 2010 at 12:11 PM
I see in the finished project that there are snowflakes all over the globe while when showing, the insert only has a few on each side of Santa? Help Please smile
ranalouwho  |  Thu Dec 7, 2017 at 3:16 PM
From an earlier comment: "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. " Hope that helps!
dina  |  Thu Dec 7, 2017 at 3:52 PM

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