Create a sweet DIY snow globe ornament kids can make! It can be made with a child’s artwork or showcase a favorite photo. Grab the free template to help make this cute kid’s craft for the holidays!
It’s the third day of my series “12 Days of Holiday Crafts” and today I’m sharing a fun DIY snow globe ornament kids can help make for the holidays. One of our favorite gifts to give family members every year is a handmade ornament our kids help create. They make the sweetest gifts and a wonderful keepsake!
This year we are making snow globe ornaments for our family members and my kids are so excited! Snow globes are fun, festive and they make adorable craft projects. These ornaments check off all the boxes for a great handmade ornament for kids to make:
- Fun for kids to make – check!
- Features a picture of the child or artwork by the child- check!
- There is a place for the name and date – check!
These ornaments are simple to make and can be made using artwork, a picture of the child – or both! We plan to make our snow globe ornaments double-sided since they tend to rotate on a tree. On one side we are going to include a current picture of the kids, and on the other artwork one or both of them helped create. On the base of the snow globe, we’ll write their names and the year.
To make these ornaments, you will need clear plastic ornaments that snap open. I created a template that works for 3″ plastic ornaments like the ones I found at Michaels. The child can simply color the snow globe template or you can glue a photo to it. The template is then covered with one half of the clear ornament.
To fill our snow globes, I used Poly-Pellets – the little beads you can use to make stuffies. I have a ton of these little pellets left over from a weighted blanket I made a few years ago. They work really well and are not as messy as glitter!
Below is the tutorial for creating these cute DIY snow globe ornaments. You can follow the tutorial for any size ornament you find, or if you have 3″ ornaments, be sure to grab the free template from my Resource Library to make this project easier!
How to Make a DIY Snow Globe Ornament
- Free template – Grab the free file by filling out the purple form at the end of this post.
- 3 inch or 80 mm clear plastic ornaments. I found mine at Michaels. These Plastic Fillable Ornaments from Amazon look similar. Make sure you select the 80mm for them to work with my template.
- Cardstock to print on – I used 110lb index cardstock or colored paper to print template on
- Hot Glue
- Photos or art supplies to make artwork
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Start by printing the template onto white or colored cardstock. I printed on both and used the white cardstock for artwork and the colored cardstock for adding photos.
Step Two: Have the child draw a picture and color in the snow globe template. Don’t forget to add the child’s name and year to the base of the snow globe!
Instead of coloring in the template, you could add a photo. If adding a photo, use one of the templates to help you cut the photo into a 3″ circle. Glue the photo onto a second template. I printed the template on colored paper.
Step Three: Place a small amount of poly-pellets on the center of the globe. I used 1 tsp per snow globe. It isn’t a lot, but if you use too much, it will stick to the hot glue.
Step Four: Attach one half of the plastic ornament to the template. Place hot glue along the outer edge of the globe, then press the ornament down into the glue making sure the top of the ornament is centered. I added a small mark to the top of the template after making my original ornaments so you can use this as a guide.
Let the glue dry completely before moving the ornament. If you move it while the glue is still hot, the poly-pellets will stick to the hot glue.
Step Five: Once the hot glue is completely dry, cut out the ornament around the hot glue.
Step Six: Flip the ornament over and add the other half of the plastic ornament with hot glue, being careful to line up the top of the ornaments.
If you want your ornament to be double sided, repeat steps 1-5, then glue the two halves together to make one whole ornament.
Step Seven: Add a hanging loop to the ornament using ribbon, yarn or string. The ornament is finished and ready to be gifted to someone special!
I hope you enjoyed this fun ornament craft kids can help create. It’s a fun holiday activity and it makes such a sweet keepsake.
If you are looking for other ideas for crafting with kids at the holidays, check out some of my other favorites below. You can also check out all of my Christmas ornament tutorials for even more fun ideas!
- Christmas Stocking Craft for Kids – Free printables!
- Children’s Art Wood Slice Ornament
- Christmas Secret Decoder Wheel – Free printables!
- Salt Dough Ornaments
Get the Free Snow Globe Pattern!
Fill out the purple form below with your first name and email address! The free file will be sent straight to your inbox! If you have already filled out the form below, don’t worry – you won’t be added to my list twice! This freebie is for personal use only. I hope you enjoy crafting something special. Please let me know if you have any questions :)