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DIY: Gift Card Snow Globe

DIY Snow GlobeI know that people like receiving gift cards for the holidays, but I feel that they can be a little impersonal.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with putting a gift card in an envelope for someone, but if I have the time, I like to make them a little extra special.  This DIY Snow Globe takes about 10 minutes to put together, the longest part is waiting for the glue to dry.  When Ava gave this gift to her teacher, she said that our snow globe was the cutest thing that she had ever seen.

You only need a few things to make this project and I would bet that you already have them around your home.  The most important being a jar.  I used a Mason jar, it was a little too large for this project, but it worked just fine.  A pickle jar, spaghetti sauce jar,whatever you have around.  Just make sure that you can see through it, it is very clean, and the top screws on really well.  You do not want to give a leaky snow globe.  You can also use whatever you would like for an embellishment.  I had these cute little mercury glass ornaments, but anything Christmasy (and that can get wet) would work. (PS-  Your gift card should be perfectly safe in the water.) 

DIY Snow GlobeHere is what you need:

a jar of some sort
a gift card
hot glue gun

DIY Snow GlobeGlue a strip on the bottom of your jar.  Stand the gift card up.  Let dry completely.  You can also glue your embellishments down as well. (After I glued them down, I decided that I wanted some of the ornaments to float, it took up some of the negative space.  Hot glue comes right off, so you can play with it until you get it exactly the way you want.

DIY Snow GlobeAdd some glitter to the bottom of your jar.

DIY Snow GlobeFill the jar with water.

DIY Snow GlobeSee how pretty and shimmery the glitter is?  I love glitter.

DIY Snow GlobePut the top on your snow globe and add a ribbon around the bottom.  That was easy wasn’t it?

DIY Snow GlobeIdea source: One Charming Party

For more creative Christmas ideas check out Holiday Sparkle – Make Your Own OrnamentsCounting Down to Christmas, and A Modern Tree & a Math Lesson.

About Bree

Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Aimee

    LOVE this idea. I just wish I saw it two days ago before I gifted my sister in law!! This would have been perfect and I’m definitely doing it next year.

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  • Rmasvr6

    love this idea! my 6 yr old and I are going to make these this weekend as gifts for her teacher and bus driver. I just love the idea!!

  • Mary

    Love this idea! Thank you.

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  • Anjenic Gibson

    Wow I love this!

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  • Good Girl Gone Green

    WOW, I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  • Amanda

    does this in anyway destroy the gift card?

    • Anonymous

      Not that I know of, but I would not keep it in there for too long.

  • Mbisharat32

    Bree!!! I miss you!! I saw this picture on pintrest and totally knew it was your child lol I Miss you guys!!!

    Love Mackenzie!!

    P.s. we miss you here in cali!!

  • Jaymie

    Fabulous! I have SO many baby food jars I can use to make mini-gifts ‘from the baby’. Thank you for the idea!!!

  • Jodi T.

    I love, love, love this! Had to share on my blog at

    Thank you!! – Jodi

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  • Lconrad

    So the gift card is soaking in water? That doesn’t hurt anything?

  • Khunton09

    I tried making these and as soon as the water connected with the glued objects it came un-done. Any advice of why it did that or should i try a different glue?

    • Anonymous

      I let mine dry completely, and just used hot glue. A few of my ornaments floated, but I liked how it looked, so I left it alone.

      Stacey, Bree and Stephanie
      The Creative Mama

  • Jody

    Does the water hurt the gift card at all?

    • Anonymous

      No it does not, but I would not leave it in there for more than a few weeks.
      Stacey, Bree and Stephanie
      The Creative Mama

  • Annsaylor

    very cute!

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  • Britnieann

    Found you on pinterest, this is one of the COOLEST things I have ever seen! I can’t WAIT to make one! Thank you so much!

  • Angela Nicolosi

    I cannot wait to do this!

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  • Bbew417

    will this keep for a long time if you want to keep the snow globe? Maybe not putting a gift card in?

  • Charissa Pomrehn

    This is so cool! I write a blog about gift wrapping and have never seen anything like this – thanks for sharing your creativity!!

  • kate

    Love this! Just wanted to let you know that I’m including it in my post “Top 10 Gifts in Jars” today at Feel free to stop by and grab a button or link for your page to show that you are featured! Thanks!

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  • Lisa

    Do you have to glue down the GC, or could you just let it float in the water? Love this idea… thanks for sharing!

  • Bree Grossman Hester

    hot glue comes off easily. It just peels away.

  • Red Boots

    If you glue the gift card to the lid then how do you remove the gift card so you can actually use it in the store?

    • Clambert

      Hot glue peels right off. Just open the jar and remove.

  • Allison Sullivan

    This is seriously one of the best things I have ever seen. What a great presentation. Much better than the standard envelope!

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  • Stacey Rapp

    Question: does this damage the gift card in anyway?

  • Suzzie

    this is one of the cutest ideas I have ever seen! Love it!

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  • celine

    This is such a creative idea!!! I guess you can only do this with the gift cards that are plastic! And not paper gift certificates. I will be more inclined to give gift cards this year for christmas! The presentation makes it so much more special!

  • celine

    This is such a creative idea!!! I guess you can only do this with the gift cards that are plastic! And not paper gift certificates. I will be more inclined to give gift cards this year for christmas! The presentation makes it so much more special!

  • Karen Moler

    you could use fishing line to tie the ornaments to the lid at different lengths so they float on multiple levels

    • Patty

      Love this additional idea.

  • Ginger

    This is super easy with babyfood jars, if you can get the lid on tight. You could go to a hobby store and buy little figures and people too!

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  • Kelsey Anderson

    Such a cute idea! I am going to do this for my kids teachers next year! TFS!

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy

    Could that be a cuter gift?!! I hate giving gift cards just because I want the gift to be more creative. I’m giving more next year :)

  • Shannon

    What a fantastic idea — you can do this to make something and not just to hold a gift card too! This could be a great winter project or one for next year!

  • Arden Prucha

    I saw this yesterday and used your GREAT idea… created one snow-globe with and the other was just filled with stuff – because the company had a certificate and not a card.

    Thanks so much for your inspiration and creative mind!

  • Angie

    Bree I LOVE this idea! Oh heavens. I’m already loving being a “reader” :) xoxo

    PS D wanted to make daddy a snow globe for Christmas. I see a project for us this week 😉

  • Bree

    No, it does not damage the gift card. The girls at One Charming Party tried using the card a week later and it worked just fine. I would not keep it in there for much longer than that though.

  • Lorena Mora

    Love this idea, so creative. My only question, doesn’t it damage the gift card?

  • Dangler

    Omg this is ADORABLE! Obvi the glitter is my fave part, but what a cute idea! I would hate to take it apart to use the gift card! Lol!

  • Julia @ The Frugal Find

    If only this worked with or Groupon certificates! :) I think they’d get a little too wet though….

    • Xxstarstruckedxx

      you could laminate them

      • Susan Wright

        Such a cute idea. I am on a snowglobe theme right now (cake, book, movie) so making this gift card is a must. Thanks for sharing your idea. I can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog!