Are you looking for an easy and fun Snow Globe Craft for home or the classroom? You’ve come to the right place! Toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and older kids will enjoy following along with our video and helpful step-by-step directions while making this DIY waterless snow globe with our printable template, plastic plates, paper, watercolors, and styrofoam craft snow.
Related: How to Make a Snow Globe
Plastic Plate Snow Globe Craft
Snow globes are an enchanting keepsake, especially when they showcase a child’s drawing. This winter season, invite kids to make their own snow globe craft with plastic plates, paper, crayons, and styrofoam craft snow. It’s the perfect gift for friends and family!
Plastic Plate Snow Globe Craft Supplies
- Plastic plate snow globe craft template
- Clear plastic plates, 7-inch
- Black construction paper
- Clear school glue
- Crayons or oil pastels
- Watercolor paints
- Styrofoam craft snow
Directions for Plastic Plate Snow Globe
1. After printing the template and gathering supplies, invite kids to draw a picture on the snow globe template. I asked my kids to draw an outdoor winter scene, but some other drawing prompt ideas include:
- Something/someone you are thankful for
- Your favorite winter activity
- An outdoor winter scene
- A picture of a person you admire
- Favorite holiday tradition
- A picture of yourself playing in the snow
Tip: When you are printing this template, be sure to have “actual size” checked in your printer menu.
2. Next, invite kids to color in their picture with crayons or oil pastels. Don’t forget to add white snowflakes to the sky!
3. Invite kids to paint over their picture with watercolors.
Using crayons or oil pastels and watercolors together is a beautiful art technique called watercolor resist. My kids really enjoyed watching their white snowflakes resist the blue watercolor paint…it really brought their drawing to life!
4. When the paint is dry, invite kids to cut out both parts of their snow globe. We used the snow globe base as a template and traced it onto black paper, but kids could also color it in with a black crayon.
5. Glue the snow globe base to the back of the snow globe.
6. Pour 1–2 tablespoons of styrofoam snow onto the middle of the picture.
Tip: If you wish to use an environmentally friendly option as opposed to styrofoam snow, invite kids to punch white paper with a single hole punch or a small snowflake hole punch to create filler for their snowglobes. You could also use small white pompoms.
6. Last, glue the plastic plate to the snowglobe. I recommend leaving the snow globe in place until the glue dries to prevent the styrofoam balls from adhering to the sides of the plate.
Of course, to expedite this process, you could use a low-temperature hot glue gun to secure the plate to the paper.
When the glue is dry, kids will enjoy shaking, twisting, and turning their snow globe!
7. If desired, glue a loop of festive ribbon to the back of the snow globe to create an ornament! Kids could also sign their name with a silver Sharpie marker on the base of the snow globe!