Are you looking for the perfect Keepsake Christmas gift? Maybe you’re a teacher and you want to send home something special to the student’s parents for Christmas. I love the snow globe photo ornament! It reminds me of my other favorite handprint keepsake ornament, but this one has a photo. You know what else I love about this project, glitter fun without the mess just like our photo ornaments with heart and glitter sand art ornaments.
If you love snow globe crafts, make sure to check out this adorable paper craft.
Snow Globe Photo Ornament Supplies
- Plastic Ornaments, size 80mm (click here)
- Glitter (1/4 cup per ornament), we used this mega jar of glitter (One large jar of glitter is enough to fill 8-10 ornaments).
- If you are anti-glitter, try this instead.
- Clear Packing Tape (click here)
- Sharp Scissors
- Ribbon (this satin ribbon is the best deal around) or grosgrain red. Translation: satin (pictured above) is smooth and silky. Grosgrain has ridges and a matte finish (wedding snow globe).
- Twine or gold ribbon
- Hot glue gun (optional)
- Sharpie Permanent Marker
How to get glitter to not stick to plastic:
Lightly rub the inside of the globe and the photo with a dryer sheet. I looked up different options and this worked the best. It wasn’t perfect, but it did help.
If the glitter will drive you crazy with the static cling, you could try this. It will look sparkly, but is weighted enough to stay in the bottom of the ornament.
Taking Photos for the Snow Globe Photo Ornament
1. If you want to have the child dress in winter clothes (coat, gloves/mittens, etc), go for it! I chose to go with what the kids were wearing to keep the ornament a surprise and to get a jump start on it before Christmas.
2. Center the child on a neutral wall. Don’t worry about extra things in the background (outlets, etc), because you’ll be cutting around the child and you won’t see the random stuff.
3. Model to the child how to raise their hands in the air and smile!
Cutting Out the Photo
The number one tip is do not cut between the child’s legs. You’ll need it in order to adhere the photo to the ornament. I accidentally did that on the example above and it made it harder to attach inside the ornament.
I read that wiping a dryer sheet on the photo and plastic ornament would help with the static cling. It worked a little… but it did work for cleanup.
Place the Photo in the Ornament
Depending on the size of the photo, you’ll need to fold it at the knees or waist of the child. The goal is to have the child fill up the globe for maximum photo-cuteness impact.
Once you cut the child out (hands, head, and upper body are most important), fold the bottom and tape it down to the back side of the ornament.
Note: Make sure the photo is hanging over the edge of the ornament. Doing this will allow the photo to be seen clearly through the front and not look like it’s sitting too far back.
Now Add the Glitter
In one half of the snow globe photo ornament, pour the glitter in.
- Glitter (1/4 cup per ornament), we used this mega jar of glitter
Place the other side on top. Snap in place.
Attach the Bow
First, for a safety measure, place a clear piece of packing tape on the ornament seam once they snap together. This should prevent the ornament from opening up. If you’re sending this home with a child, place it in tissue paper with strict instructions not to open it on the bus! It can be held by little hands, it just won’t withstand being dropped on a hard surface.
Second, the ornament pieces will snap together at the top. Put the piece of twine or gold ribbon through the top. This is how the ornament will hang.
Third, tie a bow with the red ribbon. You can either tie it around the plastic hook or you can make a bow and hot glue it to the front. Either way, make sure you add a little dab of glue in the knot to keep it from untying.
All done! Take the permanent marker and write the child’s name and date on the bottom.
How to Clean Up Glitter
You can use a dryer sheet. Just wipe the counter or area you’re working with the dryer sheet. Play-do also works.
I think adults should do the glitter portion of this project, but I do love this Glitter Sand Art ornament that is perfect for kiddos.
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