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DIY Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments for Memory Keepsake

Do you have photos that you love but can’t find a meaningful way to display them? We got the perfect project for them. Have your own Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments. Learn more here.

Can I share something with you? 

One of my most desired Christmas was to have my very own Christmas tree. And by that, I mean no borrowing, no inheriting, no some else’s tree. 


Of course, with that comes all the decoration. This year is so special because I got to buy my favorite Christmas tree and decided that most of the ornaments and decorations would be handmade and rustic. 

You might also love these Christmas cute ornament ideas: Diy Feather Filled Christmas Ornament, DIY Gold Ribbon Filled Clear Ornament, and DIY Monogrammed Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornament.

Cute DIY Memory Keepsake Snow Globe Christmas Ornament on the tree

Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

It feels like a huge accomplishment even though it might seem silly and a small thing for many people. 

One of my ideas was that our Christmas tree should somehow include important moments of our family’s life. I thought it would be cute to have photos of those moments and I came up with these cute Memory Keepsake Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments.

If you have been around for the last few weeks, you might remember my Family Rustic Monogram Christmas Ornaments that was the start of this deeply personal Christmas decoration. Later I found these crystal Christmas balls and some mini wooden frames. I knew right away what to create.

Of course, I would need quite some dozens of these balls to include all my best memories but I thought 4 balls with 2 memories each would do. I included the first time I had my girl on my chest, my wedding day, happy moments with family and the love between us 3.

These Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments hold so much meaning and love that make my whole tree even bigger.

This project is the perfect excuse to spend time with kids or a lady’s craft night. These would also  make great Christmas gifts or even a neighbor or teacher gift

Hope you enjoy these keepsake ornaments and get inspired to make some with your own special moments and memories.

A few Supplies variations and alternatives

If you find the faux snow too messy (I know I do LOL) I know there are different types of faux snow some are less messy than others but you can use glitter that since it’s heavier than the faux snow, will be less messy. 

You can also use a white organza ribbon, it looks so elegant and gorgeous. I know some bloggers use Epsom salt too but I have no idea how long that would last.

I found my wooden frame in the scrapbook section of the craft store, but If you can’t find the mini wooden frames, you can always make them with craft sticks (like the popsicles but narrower) or you can laminate the photo and leave it without frame.

If you would like to add a few more details inside of the snow globe, you can add mini bottle brush trees, snowflakes, mini reindeer to create a snowy scene. You can even personalize them even more with family names written either on the photos or with vinyl on the outside of the ornament.

Instead of nylon, you can use rustic twine, white baker’s twine, and for the bow, if you don’t want the rustic look you can go for your favorite ribbon.

How to make Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments

Snow Globe Ornament Supplies:

  • Faux snow
  • Jingle bells
  • Clear plastic ornament  {those that open in half size of your choice, I used 3inchesornaments}
  • Printed photos
  • Glitter {snow-like and gold}
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Twine
  • Wooden mini frames {usually scrapbook supplies and make sure fit into the crystal balls}
  • Clear elastic Nylon.
General view of supplies

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DIY Snow Globe Ornaments Instructions

The first step is cutting your photos and testing them on your frames to have them in the right size.

measuring the photos with the frames

Once you have all your photos ready, apply some hot glue on your frames and glue your photos right face down.

adding dabs of hot glue on frame
placing the photos in the frames

Do this on both frames, front and back.

showing two finished pieces

Cut a strip of clear nylon thread {about 2 Inches}

closer view of clear nylon thread

Glue it to the back of one of your frames.

gluing the clear nylon to the back of one of the frames

Apply hot glue all over the back of your frame and photo and glue it to the other frame.

gluing both frames on the back with hot glue

Double-check that your frame fits in your crystal ball.

The view of one of the mini frames inside the ornament

Repeat the process with the rest of your frames. Mine look like these front and back:

Showing all the mini frames front
Showing all the mini frames back

Assembling the snow globe Ornament

Pour some fake snow into one half of your crystal ball.

fake snow into one half of your crystal ball

Then add glitter, I used snow-like white glitter, gold and some cute stars.

Added snow-like white glitter, gold and some cute stars

To make sure the frame won’t slide free, insert the nylon through the ball hole. make sure it will be hanging without touching any ornament walls.

securing the mini frames on the inside of the ornament with nylon

Put back in place the other half of your clear ornament.

You can add a tiny dab of hot glue to make sure it won’t easily open.

one Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments ready

Repeat with the other Christmas balls you want to make.

all Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments ready!

Cut some strips of twine, 2 for each ball. One for hanger, the other for a bow.

some strips of twine and Jingle bells

For the bow, slide a bell on the twine strip until the middle.

sliding a bell on the twine strip

Then make a bow keeping the bell in the middle.

making a bow keeping the bell in the middle

For the hanger, slide the twine through the Christmas ball’s hole and make a knot with both ends.

Finally, leaving the knot right in the hole, apply small dabs of hot glue and glue the bow.

showing Snow Globe finished

That’s it! There you go, one adorable ornament!

Some really meaningful and pretty Memory Keepsake Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments.

showing more Snow Globe finished

Aren’t these cute and joyful? Also super duper easy to make. you can have half a dozen of these ornaments made in less than an hour.

closer view of Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments on the tree
closeup view of Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments on the tree
general view of the Ornaments on the tree

What do you think??? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. I love your snow globe ornaments and would like to make some. I am in the process of getting the supplies, but I have a few questions:
    What size are the clear ornaments? 2 inches, 3 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches?
    What size are the wooden mini frames? 2×3, 3×3?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you so much for visiting and I’m glad you like these cuties. I usually don’t give exact measures because we can’t always find the exact sizes so I leave it open for each person to decide. In this case, I used 8 cm {3.14 Inches} clear ornaments and I used 2 mini frame sizes: 3×5 cm {1.18 x 2 Inches} and 5×5 cm {2 x 2 Inches}. Hope this helps. You can always make them smaller or larger if you have a large Christmas tree {if this is for a Christmas tree of course}.

      If you make some I would so love to see them! I get so excited to see other’s creations inspired by mines!


      1. Hi Cami,
        Thanks for all the info. I am having a really hard time finding some small frames for the ornaments. Any ideas?

        1. I’ve got an idea. I think I’m going to try a natural wood slice round ornament, mod podge and a photo printed on regular paper. I just need to find a small size that will fit inside my clear ornament. It will take me a bit to gather the supplies and put it together, but I’ll send you a photo when I’m done. It will be something like this but I will put mine inside a clear ornament to create a snow globe.

          1. Sorry I didn’t reply last comment, it’s been crazy. The frames I found them with scrapbooking elements. Maybe if you have a craft store near by you might find them where all the scrapbooking stuff is. However your idea of using natural wood slice is absolutely adorable and I might even get inspired by you for next year! Love it!!! Can’t wait to see!

            Hugs and thank you so much for keeping me posted!

  2. Love the looks of homemade ornaments on Christmas trees. Our tree last year was nothing but homemade family ornaments; hence, our Family Tree. ( I worked on them ornaments for 11 months)
    I looked at Michaels over the weekend for some of them crystal ball ornaments but they had none so wondering where you got yours? My 100 yr. old aunt had passed away this last March and wanted to make a memory ornament for her son and daughter.

    1. Hi Colleen!

      Oh my goodness! 11 months making ornaments? You are my hero! Although it would be less stressful than spending a whole month working like nuts to make it in time! LOL.

      My Christmas balls, Uhmmm I got them in one of those cheap stores. I don’t live in USA, so it’s hard for me to say. Here we have lots of Chinese shops that sells Christmas stuff really cheap and I found these and loved them to customize the ornament. Maybe on amazon? These are not actually crystal material but they do look like it. it’s really clear and delicate. These balls are also on non-chrirstmas craft supplies just in case that helps!

      Let me know if you find some of how it goes!
      Thank you so much for leaving me your thoughts!

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