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How to make a Paper Snow Globe Craft with a photo

Learn how to make an easy paper snow globe craft that’s perfect for preschoolers. This easy winter craft can use a photo or a paper cut-out to create a unique project for your kids to make. The project sneaks in fine motor building and uses simple, like construction paper, so it’s great for creating in the classroom, at a holiday party, or at the kitchen table.

Snow Globe Craft for Preschoolers

This simple snow globe craft is perfect for young kids. Not only is it easy, but it sneaks in important skills.

Photo Snow Globe. Text reads "Paper Snow Globe"

Snow globes are a fun winter craft. This version uses contact paper and construction paper to create a fun suncatcher-style project.

Creating your own snow globe will require many parts. Something clear for the globe, Something for the base of the snow globe, something cute to put inside, and fake snow.

When creating paper snow globes, most of these parts use different colors of paper, instead of things like clear plastic plates.

This photo craft uses important skills for 4-year-olds. It incorporates skills like basic circle shapes, scissor skills, and fine motor skills.

You can use this paper snow globe craft in several ways.

  • Decorate your classroom or playroom.
  • Practice simple circle shapes.
  • Put pictures in them to give to loved ones.
  • Use construction paper Christmas objects and turn them into ornaments.
  • Create them at your local library to go with some fun snow books.
  • Use this craft during a snow globe preschool theme.
  • Make them during the winter break or on a snowy day.
  • Make a winter season bulletin board

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Why do we love crafting with construction paper?

Why do we love paper crafts? Because they secretly teach so many important skills for kids.

  • Fine motor skills
  • Cutting practice
  • Following instructions
  • Colors
  • Counting
  • and more!

If you’re looking for more ways to inspire your kids, check out our construction paper book!

Our Favorite Craft Supplies.

These craft supplies are perfect for crafting with young kids. While not each of them is used in the craft below, they are all staples in our craft bin. If you don’t have any on hand, that might be ok. Take a look at the craft first to see whether or not you need them.

  • Construction Paper – One of our favorite craft supplies. These crafts are a great way to use up that stash of black paper.
  • Pipe Cleaners – This versatile craft supply holds its shape so it’s fun to play with afterward.
  • Craft Sticks or popsicle sticks – A classic staple, use them in your craft or to mix paint.
  • Kid-Friendly paint – Kids love to get messy! Check out our favorite tips for painting with young children.
  • Googly Eyes – You can literally add them to any project and it instantly becomes cuter.
  • Tissue Paper – We always have this on hand. Buy it new or use or save it from birthday parties and holidays.
  • Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Rolls – A great way to recycle your paper tubes is to use them in crafts!
  • Paper Plate – Grab this party supply to create fun crafts.
  • Contact Paper – We use this a lot to create suncatcher crafts
  • Pom Poms – These fluffy balls can be used is so many ways.

No time to make this picture snow globe? Pin it for later!

If you’re currently in planning mode, that’s ok! Pin this to your favorite Pinterest board. That way you’ll be able to grab instructions when you’re ready!

Photo Snow Globe.

Tips for creating this holiday craft

These snow globes are very simple. But here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • To speed up this craft, you can punch the paper circles ahead of time.
  • If you don’t have time to take pictures, use a quick green triangle for a Christmas tree.
  • Instead of dots, find a snowflake paper punch or use confetti.
Yield: 1 Snow Globe

Easy Snow Globe Project

Paper Snow Globe Craft

This snow globe craft is great for working on fine motor skills and makes a wonderful keepsake!

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Cardstock - White and Blues
  • Contact Paper
  • Picture or Drawing (see step 1)
  • Tape


  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Circle Template (lid, glass, anything circle!)
  • Paint Pen or Marker
  • Pen
  • Glue


  1. You will need to have a photograph or a drawing to place "in" your snow globe. Tilting their head back and arms out looks great! Just like they are going to catch the falling snow. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  2. Roll out some contact paper and cut a piece that is wide enough to fit the circle template. Make sure the circle template is big enough to cover the picture with space around it. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  3. Fold the contact paper in half and then trace a circle. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  4. Cut out the circle. This should leave you with 2 identical contact paper circles. Set aside until later. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  5. Cut out the image. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  6. Start punching holes out of the blue papers. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  7. Peel the backing off one of the contact paper circles. Attach the circle, sticky side up, to your work surface with tape. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  8. Place the picture down onto the contact paper. With the backside towards you. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  9. Start placing the blue dots all over the contact paper. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  10. If you need more snow you can punch them right over your project! In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  11. When you have as much snow as you want carefully remove the tape. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  12. Peel the backing off the second contact paper circle and carefully place it sticky side down over the first circle. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  13. Smooth it out as much as you can. A few bubbles won't hurt! In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  14. Cut a scrap off of one of the blue papers to create a stand. Attach it with a small amount of glue. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  15. Use a pen to write on your stand. In process image of a paper snow globe craft.
  16. Display anywhere! Paper Snow Globe Craft

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Photo Snow Globe. Text reads "Classroom Craft - Snow Globes"
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