DIY Christmas snow globe art

November 16, 2018

I've seen some really cute framed "snow globes" at a few stores this year. It's the new decor thing for sure. Have you seen them? They're all super cute, but I knew I could do one much cheaper on my own! 

I grabbed a nine by 12 frame from the basement -- you'll need one that has some space between the glass and the back of the frame. Almost like a shadow box, but you don't have to use a shadow box. I don't know where I found this one, but IKEA has similar options:
Knock-off DIY Christmas snow globe frame for less!

I found the Merry Christmas wood cut out at Joann's and it was $3 on sale. I'm sure most craft stores would have something similar! Joann's had tons of cute wood cut outs and I grabbed more for another frame I want to make later.

I sprayed the frame in glossy black spray paint and then did a couple quick coats of my favorite Christmasy red on the wood: 

Red Merry Christmas wood cut out

Because my frame was a bit too big for a normal piece of scrapbooking paper, I used wrapping paper to cover the back part of the frame: 
DIY Merry Christmas sign with wrapping paper

I love this paper! I used it on my pretty Christmas glass candleholders last year. I just added a few dots of hot glue on the back of the wood and stuck it on. Make sure you put the words a little higher, not centered. You'll see why in a minute. 

Then comes the messy part. ;) I have fake snow that I planned to use, but I saw this stuff at the dollar store and thought it would be fun too. Both fake snow and this stuff get all over the place -- you have been warned. 😂 It might as well be glitter. ;) I had the dust buster close by so it wasn't too bad. I just poured it into the frame: 
Fake snow dollar store

I recommend you start with less than you think you'll need. I ended up having to remove some and that was FUN. ;) 

I put the back on and we had our very own framed snow globe!: 
Fake snow in frame Christmas sign

It's super cute and so much fun! You can't help but play around with it. 

My son LOVES snow globes so he's tickled with this thing: 
Cute DIY Christmas snow frame

As I mentioned, the soft, fluffy fake snow would look great too! This version is just a little more fun because you can rock it back and forth and change the shape of the "snow": 
DIY snow globe frame

The largest version I saw in stores was $30 and was smaller than this one. I did this for $4! I call that a success! 

So fun and the possibilities are ENDLESS. I plan to try at least one more these soon. There are so many fun wood cut outs you could use! You can also use vinyl wording and stick that to the glass instead. 
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  1. This is so precious! It would be so cute to use with a framed photo too.

  2. I'd like to try that with the reindeer silhouettes painted black. I've got some wooden snowflakes that would be interesting to try too.

  3. super cute! i raised my hand to help my twins class with snow globe ornaments. I was gonna use glitter but may use the white balls you used instead.

  4. That's cute! You could also add teeny tiny jingle bells to it!


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