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Snow Globe

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Capture a winter scene inside a glass pendant globe filled with sea salt “snow.” A simple dowel frame keeps this decoration safe.

Snow globe in a wooden frame.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Miter box and handsaw or power miter saw
  • 150-grit sandpaper

Materials

  • Wood glue
  • 3 - 3/4 x 36 square poplar dowels
  • Painter’s tape
  • 6.25-in x 7.5-in mini pendant light shade, #586822

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Project Resources

Instructions

Step 1

Group similar length parts to get even assemblies when making the snow globe.

Cut oversize pieces of square dowel material for the legs (A) and the rails (B) (Project Diagrams, Cutting List). Tape the legs together with one end aligned, then trim them to length in the same cut for an even assembly. Repeat for the rails.

Step 2

Sand the edges of each part with 150-grit sandpaper.

Step 3

Spacers and tape hold the parts in position while the glue dries.

From the dowel scraps, cut two pieces 4-3/4 inches long and use them to space the bottom rails parallel with the top. Glue the ends of both rails and press the legs against the rails (Project Diagrams, Cutting Diagram) with one dowel even with the tops of the legs. Use painter’s tape to hold the parts tightly together while the glue dries. Repeat for a second side assembly.

Step 4

When the glue has dried, remove the spacers and tape from the two side assemblies. Remove the rope net from the globe.

Step 5

Stand the two side assemblies on their tops and place the globe between them. Using the spacers, glue and tape the four remaining rails in position between the two sides.

Step 6

When the glue has dried, lightly sand all of the surfaces and soften any sharp edges or corners on the wood parts.

Step 7

Use your choice of materials and decorations inside the globe. Rock salt can be used as snow in the bottom of the globe and snowmen assembled from craft balls of different sizes.

Capture a winter vignette within this snow globe using coarse salt to simulate snow. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Add a short string of battery-powered Christmas lights to illuminate your winter scene by night.