Make a Magical Christmas Scene Snow Globe

by Destri on November 22, 2013

Create a Winter Scene With Lighted House

I have always loved the idea of having a Christmas village display – maybe it’s the kid in me but I just think they’re magical.   Every time we see them in the stores, the kids and I have to stop and admire them.  Every year I think I should just buy one to get a collection started, but then feel like I need to buy a bunch of them so it doesn’t look silly with one sitting by itself.

Then I had this idea.  Just stick one in a large vase, add a few little figurines, trees, snow…and viola, a cozy Christmas scene that looks just like a giant snow globe.  I even found a way to light the inside of the cabin.  Let’s be honest, that’s what makes them look magical!

I’m smitten with it.  Really, I set it on my kitchen table and leave it lit all day.  Of course the kids love it, but I was really surprised with how much my hubby loves it!  We both grew up near the mountains and snow, and living in Texas now, it just takes us back home I guess.  We’ve always had this dream of spending a white Christmas in a cabin one year – this will do for now!

Catch me after the jump and I will show you how easy it is to make!

How to Make a Giant Snow Globe

Make Your Own Giant Snow GlobeThere are so many different options to choose from here – you could make a town scene with carolers, a sledding scene with a hill, or even get the ice skating ring if it has batteries.  They have pretty lit trees for a town square look that would be pretty all alone.  I went with the cabin, and let my kids pick out the cute little squirrels and racoons.  We even had room for some trees. Just make sure it fits in your vase.

There are many stores that carry the villages too – I’ve seen them at all the craft stores, Home Depot, Sears, Kohls – just about anyplace that sells Holiday items has them.  I bought mine at Michael’s (they are 40% off right now!) and used a 40% off coupon, so I picked it up for a steal.  Just look for coupons on your mobile phone, and most craft stores have one you can use.

Christmas Display Supplies

I bought the vase at Michaels for $16.99 and it measures 10 inches tall and about 37½ inches around at the widest point.

Here are the other items you’ll need:

  • white plastic grocery sack or something similar
  • paper snow stuff – I bought a bag full and can’t remember the size, but you can see in the photo
  • LED lights run on batteries – I used some I had from Halloween, but they are all over this time of year

Sack in Vase

I put the sack in the bottom of the vase to add a little support.  Then I used all the snow on top.

Switch in Back

Then I put the string of lights in through the hole in the back, leaving the switch out.  Then I arranged the cabin towards the back, with the switch hidden behind the cabin.   I was worried it would be hard to get the lights on and off but it’s been a cinch.

Make a winter scene

Then I just put in the rest of the little figurines and trees.

Make a Magical Winter Scene in Vase I am using mine as a center piece on my table, but I think it would look great just about anywhere.  My boy is trying to talk me into letting him put it on his side table next to his bed.  Looks like we’ll have to make a new one every year, and then instead of one big village, we’ll have little scenes spread throughout the house :).

Hope you give this a try, it really is pretty lit up at night!

If you have any questions leave them in the comments!


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Davina November 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Destri! This is awesome!


Frau_Mahlzahn December 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

Hi Destri,

This is really, really nice — so I figured we absolutely needed one, too. We had a vase, the snow stuff was easily found, but for some reason I just could not find such a house, not even one to put teelights inside, just nothing.

So we came up with the idea to make one ourselves (minus the lights, because I don’t like battery-run lights), ;-):

A friend suggested that next time we use sugar instead of snow stuff, which is also a good idea.

So thanks for your idea!

So long,


Debbie January 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I loved your idea. For lights I would use one of the timer tea lights (8 hours on at same timer every day). As to houses they can be built out of cardboard, foam, … (like artificial gingerbread houses). I have a wonderful aquarium tree stump (hollow for the lights) and will set it up in the bowl as a summer scene – a miniature fairy garden.


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