Create a beautiful, paper snow globe art project that is also mess-free! This project is the perfect way to welcome the winter season. With sparkly gel crayons, glitter glue and pearly paints this snow globe project will bring a bit of winter wonderland magic into your home! When you’re finished, you can display your snow globe on a bookshelf or add a little hanger on the back to hang it on the wall. Read below for the full tutorial and learn to make your own paper snow globe art.
What You’ll Need to Create Your Paper Snow Globe
- Hot glue gun
- Chroma Blends Circular Watercolor Paper
- Lil Watercolor Paint Pods
- Rainbow Sparkle Watercolor Gel Crayons
- Lil Paintbrush Set
- Lil Poster Paint Pods
- The Ink Works Markers
- Mini Dots Pixie Paste Glitter Glue Set
- Dot-A-Lot Pearlescent Craft Paint Set
- Chunkies Paint Sticks
How to Create a Winter Scene
First, open your Chroma Blends Circular Watercolor Paper and remove one piece. Using a paintbrush and some water, splotch different colors of blue and purple watercolor paints onto the paper. I love the variety of different colors in the Lil Watercolor Paint Pods set and used several shades of blue and purple!
Before blending your watercolor paints, use the Rainbow Sparkle Watercolor Gel Crayons to color over your watercolor paint. I used the light purple color. These will blend with your watercolor paints and add some sparkle to your artwork.
Use a wet paintbrush to blend all of the colors together on your watercolor paper and allow it to dry.
Once your watercolor has dried completely, use the white paint from your Lil Poster Paint Pods set to begin to paint the scene inside your snow globe. Then I painted a snowy ground along the bottom of the circle and added a snowman! You may need to add multiple coats of white paint to get a solid look. Now allow your paint to dry between coats.
Next, use one of the black markers from The Ink Works Markers set to draw some evergreen trees on either side of your snowman.
Use the green paint from your Poster Paint Pods to paint your trees green! You will still be able to see the marker lines through the paint which will help your trees to stand out against the blue and purple background. Let all of your paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Once your paint is dry you can add the finishing touches to your snow globe scene! First, I used the Ink Works markers to add eyes, a mouth, buttons, and arms to my snowman. Next, I used the blue glitter from the Mini Dots Pixie Paste Glitter Glue Set to add some sparkle to the trees! You use a paintbrush to apply this glitter – it’s one of my favorite OOLY products! Finally, use the Dot-A-Lot Pearlescent Craft Paint Set to add the final pieces. I used the gold paint to give the snowman a nose and add stars to the tops of the trees. Then, use the white paint to add snow all around your snow globe scene! All you need is a gentle squeeze with these paints and they dry and remain dimensional on your artwork.
How to Make the Cardboard Background
Next, we will use the cardboard to create the remainder of your snow globe. Then use your Chunkies Paint Sticks to paint a large square of cardboard white. Make sure this square is larger than your watercolor paper! Next, cut a trapezoid cardboard shape for the bottom of your snow globe. I used the purple paint stick to paint this part, but you can use any color you like. Chunkies dry in just a couple of minutes so you can move onto the final step once your other paint is all dry.
Once all of your paint has dried, you can assemble your snow globe art! I used a hot glue gun to attach all of the pieces. Make sure you have an adult help you use hot glue! First, glue the snow globe scene on the watercolor paper onto the large white square. Then use scissors to cut the cardboard into a circle leaving about a 1” border around the edge of your watercolor paper. Now, glue the top of the cardboard trapezoid to the bottom of the circle. Finally, attach the top of the trapezoid to the back of the circle. Lastly, your snow globe is now complete!
This guest post was written by Emily Limer, a mom of three and preschool teacher from North Carolina. You can follow her on Instagram @makingwithmommy for more kids craft activities.