Nothing reminds us of the holiday season quite like snow globes. Snow globes date as far back as the 19th century, although, how they were created has been disputed. Some say that the snow globe was inspired by paperweights, and others say that they were created as the result of a failed lamp project. Regardless of how they came about, there is no doubt that snow globes have become an iconic item that is recognized all over the world. Now, you can create your very own snow globe magnets for the holidays or for a handmade Christmas gift!


  • Clear recycled jar with lid
  • Fake snow colored glitter
  • Waterproof glue
  • Strong neodymium magnets
  • Miniature figurines, toys or pictures
  • Water
  • Glycerin


  1. Make sure your jar is clean and dry. You can use recycled baby food jars or even clear terrarium cases.
  2. Take the lid off and put the top, facing down.
  3. Pick the item(s) that you want to place inside of the globe. You can get really creative and use a number of different things as the inside item. For instance, Legos, family pictures, small toys or Christmas figures are just a few ideas as to what you can place inside.
  4. Glue the item to the inside of the jar lid with waterproof adhesive, so that it stands up. Let dry.
  5. Once dry, take your jar and fill it almost completely with water.
  6. Add a few drops of glycerin.
  7. Add as much glitter as you prefer.
  8. Carefully screw the lid back onto the jar and shake the mixture.
  9. Glue a strong neodymium magnet to the jar lid, and you have a festive globe magnet.

Remember to use slightly stronger magnets than your average crafty fridge magnets, especially if you are using bigger, heavier jars. You can use these snow globe magnets during and after the holidays. Plus, they make cute, inexpensive gifts for Christmas! If you have questions about this DIY or magnets, or want to share your snow globe creations, feel free to comment.