Learn how to make a beautiful sparkly glitter globe that will look as good, if not better, than one of those you see at the local shops! I was inspired to make mine after a plastic version I got from a souvenir shop started leaking 🙁 I used some easy to obtain objects, and a method to follow sequentially each time.
If you love those plastic globes filled with falling snow, you’ll love this one because, unlike Christmas snow – you can enjoy the sight of sparkling glitter anytime of year!
All you need is what I used – just grab yourself a nice little jar, some sparkly glitter, and other things and you’ll be good to go as you follow my tutorial here.
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Homemade Glitter Globe Supplies List
These are the ingredients you need to create a homemade glitter globe out of an ordinary jar:
- Small glass jar and lid – wide mouth is always preferable
- Confetti (like party decor)
- A tube of loose glitter in your favorite color
- Waterproof glue
- A nonporous object you want to use as a “focal point” – could be a cherished memento, miniature, etc.
If you enjoyed the sensory bottle project, this is pretty similar in approach. We are going to be doing a few things differently here though.
Be sure to set aside a week at least to complete this fun project!
Choose Your Focal Object
First we’re going to attach the “focal object”. It can be anything you want that will fit inside the lid; it can spread out a little as long as it will fit inside the jar without being scrunched up. The object can be anything that means something to you like a toy or figurine.
Squeeze out a dab of waterproof glue around the object edges and the center spot on the lid, and attach the chosen object in the middle of the lid.
I am using this pretty glass triangle; its design will work great on all these levels. It’s pretty to look at, will fit easily, and is safe to be submerged.
Leave it alone to set up for awhile. Even though I always use a reliable solvent glue, I still make sure my projects have at least 48 hours to “cure up”. After all water will be in there 24/7.
Putting in the Glitter
Now we’re ready to fill the jar with some glitter, confetti, you know “bling”. I’m using a combination of both here. A little goes a long way is my glitter philosophy, so I probably used a fourth of a teaspoon in my project. I sprinkled in a little metallic confetti with cute little heart and teddy bear shapes to complement it a little.
How much glitter you want to use is up to you ultimately as you don’t have to be as stingy as I am with it 😁some of it will be suspended in the water, but most of it will float to the bottom. My combined glitter/confetti amount is about a fourth of an inch.
Putting in the Water and Glycerin
Fill the jar with water up to about the rim of the jar (to make a little allowance for the submerged object that will displace it slightly) Add a few drops of glycerin.
You’re probably wondering why I ask you to put in the glitter first before the water….Well, the glitter by its very nature of scattering easily, will clump up at the top if you go water first then glitter, so its best to go glitter first, then water.
Glycerin is a product that has its role in medicinal use, but as I understand it’s also used to preserve craft projects. You can probably get it online; I got mine from the drugstore.
Another glitter jar I made years ago, I didn’t know about glycerin’s use here, so I didn’t use any, and a few years down the road, some of the confetti must have ended up dying the water pink-no joke! Despite that, it was still pretty to look at. It will also aid the glitter in falling at a slower pace.
Gluing the Lid on Your Glitter Globe
Apply some glue to the rim of the jar and for good measure to the inside of the lid where it will stick with the lid.
Now carefully take that sucker and glue it to the jar just like you were removing or replacing the lid. Make sure it will be snug but no need to tighten the daylights out of it as the glue will do most of the work:)
Now let it set up to cure again…just like you did with the object/lid. A few days for good measure, play your cards right and this thing will be a real treasure!
You can paint the lid/base part if you want, but it’s not necessary. The lid from my jar was just plain solid black with no writing so I just decided to leave it be.
Now you know officially how to make a glitter globe that will stand the test of time! You can tip it over and shake and watch that sparkly glitter dance around! Also, I like how these things kind of double as a paperweight too 🙂 As the sun shines on them it really makes them look pretty with the light and all.
But don’t stop there….make one to give as a gift and brighten someone’s day with something unexpected and unique. This same globe I’m showing you here, just happened to end up in the hands of my cousin for her birthday in November.
She looked really jazzed to get something like this, dontcha think? This is the same relative that I made the duct tape craft wallet for too!
So there you have it, have fun with this craft, and good luck! Let me know how it turns out for you.