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DIY Snow Globe Ornament Kids Can Help Make!

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Create a sweet DIY snow globe ornament kids can help 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!

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12 Days of Holiday Crafts by Crafting Cheerfully

Two snow globe ornaments lay next to a snow globe coloring page on a purple surface with snowflake confetti around them.

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!

Three cute snow globe ornaments hang on a Christmas tree.

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! 

Two snow globe ornaments lay next to a snow globe coloring page on a purple surface with snowflake confetti around them.

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!

Cute snow globe hangs on a Christmas tree.

How to Make a DIY Snow Globe Ornament

Supplies Needed:

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! 

The snow globe template colored in lays on a table next to colored pencils.

The snow globe ornament template is colored in with a child's name and the year written on the base.

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.

Snow globe template lays on a table next to a stack of holiday photos and a scissors.

A circle is traced on one of the holiday photos.

A photo is glued to a snow globe template printed on red 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. 

The snow globe template colored in lays on a wooden table with a bowl of poly-pellets and a teaspoon.

The snow globe template printed on red paper lays on a wooden table with a bowl of poly-pellets and a teaspoon.

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. 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.

The snow globe template lays on a wooden table with plastic ornaments glued to the top of it.

The template printed on red paper lays on a wooden table, It has a photo glued to it, poly-pellets lay on it and half of a plastic ornament is glued over top.

Step Five: Once the hot glue is completely dry, cut out the ornament around the hot glue.

The snow globe ornaments are cut out and laying on a wooden table.

The snow globe ornament is cut out and laying on a wooden table.

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. 

The snow globe ornament is being held up showing the front and back of the ornament.

If you want your ornament to be double sided, repeat steps 1-5, then glue the two halves together to make one whole ornament.

A partially finished snow globe ornament lays on a wooden table next to a template colored in.

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!

DIY Ornaments kids can help make

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.

Two snow globe ornaments lay next to a snow globe coloring page on a purple surface with snowflake confetti around them.

If you are looking for other ideas for creating ornaments with kids, below are a few of my other favorites. You can also check out all of my Christmas ornament tutorials for even more fun ideas!

Holiday ornament gift tutorials.

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Happy Crafting! -Kim

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