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How to repair snow globes

Updated April 17, 2017

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

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

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

  7. Add glitter or snow.

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

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

  10. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Darci Pauser began writing in 2001. Her work has been featured in publications such as the "UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal," Indybay and the West Texas Weekly. Pauser holds a certificate in sustainable agriculture from California's Green String Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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