How to repair snow globes

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How to repair snow globes
Keep the memories alive by repairing broken snow globes. (Christmas snow globe image by Christopher Nolan from

Although merely decorative bric-a-brac, snow globes may hold much sentimental value to the owner. When these keepsakes break, do not throw them away. They are quite simple to repair and make as new. It is even possible to customise them, add snow or glitter and leave the globes even more special than they once were.

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Things you need

  • Scrap wood
  • Long nails
  • Glass or plastic globe
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerine
  • Snow or glitter
  • Underwater glue

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  1. 1

    Drive three or four nails into the scrap wood just wide enough to hold the glass globe in place upside down.

  2. 2

    Remove all vestiges of the broken snow globe glass from the snow globe base.

  3. 3

    Save whatever snow you can from the old globe water and allow to dry. Alternatively, purchase new snow globe snow or glitter from a local craft supply store.

  4. 4

    Measure the amount of distilled water needed by filling up the globe and inserting the base upside down into the globe. Perform this step over a sink to catch the extra water that may come out.

  5. 5

    Remove an additional 2 tbsp of water from the globe. If you wish to add glitter or snow, increase to 3 tbsp to allow room.

  6. 6

    Mix 2 tsp of glycerine into the globe's distilled water and stir until dissolved.

  7. 7

    Add glitter or snow.

  8. 8

    Line the rim of the globe glass with underwater glue. Follow the manufacturer's instructions as to quantity and setting.

  9. 9

    Insert the snow globe base gently upside down onto the globe and allow to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Take this opportunity to customise your snow globe. You can purchase entire snow globe sets, with a choice of embedded music boxes and globe size and shape.

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