Etched Glass Snow Globe

Etched Glass Snow Globe

Recommended for ages 18 and up. In this set of instructions you will be using a sharp razor, hot glue, and a chemical etching cream.

Snow globes are a signature d cor item during the winter holiday season. We see them on television, in our homes, and in every store. However, snow globes are getting fancier and therefore more expensive. Our solution to this problem is to learn how to make your own. A homemade snow globe not only is a way to customize how you express your love for the holidays, but it also adds a charm that you just cannot buy.

Task 1: Gather Your Things (Materials)

Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe

Etching Materials:

Armour Etch (can be found at a craft store such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby)

Latex gloves (If you are allergic to latex, any plastic gloves will work, but we used latex)

Painter’s tape

Popsicle sticks

Letter stickers of your choosing

Smooth glass jar with lid

Glass cleaner (Isopropyl rubbing alcohol is preferred over regular glass cleaner)

Paper Towels

Snow Globe Materials:
Glass etched Jar with sealable top

Water to go in the Jar


Expressions Glycerin 8 fl oz bottle



Utility knife

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Sticks

Popsicle stick

Piece of paper

Task 2: Prepare and Clean the Jar

Etched Glass Snow Globe

Clean the glass jar thoroughly using a paper towel soaked with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

Rub jar dry with a dry paper towel

Task 3: Stickers

Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe

Turn the jar upside down (the opening of the jar facing the table top)

Apply stickers to the jar, spelling out desired word or phrase

Be sure that the stickers stick completely so the etching cream cannot get under it

Task 4: Prepare to Etch

Etched Glass Snow Globe

Create a box of tape around the letters to isolate the etching cream to the center of the box

Whatever jar is left exposed in the center of the box will be what appears etched on finished product

Be sure to leave enough space between the sides of letters for etching!

Task 5: Apply the Etching Cream

Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe

Put gloves on

Use the popsicle stick to apply a thin layer of Armour Etch to fill the inside of the box (created with tape) and over the sticker letters that are inside the tape box

Carefully wipe any spilled Armour Etch with a paper towel and dispose into a garbage can

Wait about 5 minutes (over 5 minutes will not damage the project)

During this step, occasionally tap or swirl the etching cream again to ensure there are no air pockets under the cream

Do this gently so as to not mess up the stickers or tape

Rinse off with hot tap water in the sink, using gloved hands to wipe the cream away

Be sure that this is a stainless steel sink (not a porcelain sink)

Once etching cream is washed completely off, use the water to help peel off the stickers and tape

All done!

Task 6: Preparing the Jar

Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe

Separate the lid from the jar

Fill the jar to the base of the mouth with water

Measure out 2 cap fulls of glycerin and pour into the jar of water

Plug hot glue gun into outlet with glue stick inserted

Place sheet of paper under hot glue gun for excess glue drips

Task 7: Adding the Decorations

Unscrew lid from the jar

In the center of the inside-facing side of the lid, score the surface with the utility knife

Brush off debris from scoring

Hot glue base of figurine to the scored portion of the lid (see video for more help)

Let glue set and dry for 7 minutes

Task 8: Glitter!

Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe

Pour in glitter (as much as your heart desires without overflowing the jar)

Stir the glitter with a popsicle stick

Task 9: And Put it All Together Now

Etched Glass Snow Globe
Etched Glass Snow Globe

Take lid with the figurine and screw the lid back onto the jar

Make sure the lid is secured tight so no water can seep out

Task 10: Shake, Shake, Shake

Etched Glass Snow Globe

Appreciate what you made!

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