Make a Christmas snow globe in just minutes with this super easy technique to add a train to a jar. A holiday train snow globe is a quick and easy way to add some fun to your holiday decor!
Many people believe that making snow globes is “too hard” to attempt. But I’ve made several of them myself, and I can vouch for them being much easier than you may expect!
In addition to this fun Christmas train snow globe, I’ve also made a Mason Jar Snowman Snow Globe, Snow Globe Present Toppers, and even Mini Snow Globe Ornaments!
Kids love snow globes because they have an almost magical quality to them. They allow kids’ imaginations to run wild on the images inside.
Today’s tutorial will walk you through how to add an item like a miniature train to a snow globe. My way of doing it is quick and easy and yields terrific results!
You can actually add whatever miniatures you love to this jar snow globe, but this miniature train is my fave. It is just perfect for the holidays.
Note: If you want even more Christmas snow globe inspiration, check out my EOS Lip Balm Snow Globe, Easy Snow Globe with Glitter, and Mason Jar Christmas Craft Snow Globe Toppers, which are perfect for adding to the top of mason jar gifts!
How To Make A Christmas Snow Globe With A Train
I’m so excited to show you this simple and fun project! Here’s everything you need to know.
Here’s what you’ll need to gather to make this Christmas snow globe train craft. I’ve even included a few handy links to help you find some items faster and more easily.
- Ball Elite Collection Wide Mouth Pint Jars
- DecoArt Glistening Snow-Tex
- Foam Disc (should be a tight fit in jar mouth)
- Palette Knife
- Miniature Tree (I used one that was about 2 inches tall)
- Miniature Train
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Artificial Snow
- Pom Pom Trim
I thought a quick video would be a great way to show how to make this Christmas snow globe with a train. You can watch the video below.
Christmas Globe Instructions
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Follow along with our step-by-step instructions for how to make a Christmas snow globe below.
Apply a thick layer of Snow-Tex to the top of your foam disc with a palette knife.
Then allow the Snow-Tex to dry for at least 24 hours. Check it closely to ensure it is dry before moving on.
Cut the base of the tree off with a pair of scissors.
Use hot glue and your hot glue gun to adhere the tree and the wood train to the snow base.
Insert some artificial snow inside the mason jar.
Add the foam disc (with the tree and train attached) to the mouth of the jar.
Note: This should be a REALLY tight fit! If it isn’t, you will need to secure it around the rim with a bit of hot glue.
Next, add the lid to the jar of your Christmas snow globe.
Secure the ribbon around the mason jar lid with some hot glue.
Finally, use some additional hot glue to add pompom trim above the ribbon. This will help to make sure that your foam disc is covered when looking at the snow globe and give it a nice finish.
Your train snow globe is complete and ready to add to your holiday decor!
Isn’t it cute? Add a Christmas snow globe to your holiday crafting list. The kids will love to help with this one!
Here are a couple of questions that I see readers ask about making a snow globe with a train. If you have a question, please check to see if I’ve already answered it below. Don’t see your question? Leave it for me in the comments!
Can I use a different type of glue for this project?
Hot glue is the ideal type of glue for crafting projects like this one because it’s affordable, dries quickly, and has a stronghold. However, if you don’t have a hot glue gun, you could use crafting glue or super glue.
When using other types of glue, just be aware that setting time will take longer, and you’ll need to hold items in place until the glue sets.
Could I make a Christmas snow globe with a plastic mason jar?
I prefer using glass because it’s more eco-friendly, and the final product looks better. However, if you are worried about the safety of young children, you can use a plastic jar to make a train snow globe. The process would remain the same, but the final result may look slightly different.
Here’s a great example of a DIY Mason Jar Christmas Snow Globe that uses a plastic jar! It doesn’t use a train, but it does a great job of showing the process and the possibilities.
More Christmas Crafting Ideas
Do you love this Christmas snow globe and want more holiday-inspired crafting ideas? Try the links below!
- Ball Elite Collection Wide Mouth Pint Jars
- DecoArt Glistening Snow-tex
- Foam disc (should be a tight fit in jar mouth)
- Palette knife
- Miniature tree (I used one that was about 2 inches tall)
- Miniature train
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Artificial snow
- Pompom trim
- Apply Snow-Tex to the top of your foam disc with a palette knife. Apply a thick layer.
- Then allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Make sure it is dry before continuing.
- Cut the base from the tree with scissors.
- Add the tree and also the wood train to the snow base with a little hot glue.
- Put a little of the artificial snow inside the mason jar.
- Add the foam disc with the tree and train attached to the mouth of the jar. NOTE: This should be a really tight fit! If it isn’t, you will need to secure it around the rim with a bit of hot glue.
- Then add the lid to the jar.
- Use hot glue to secure ribbon around the mason jar lid.
- Then use additional hot glue to add pompom trim above the ribbon. Just make sure that your foam disc is covered when looking at the snow globe.
- This project is complete and ready for your holiday decorating!
OK Angie, where in dickens did you find that tiny train? Sure is cute. You make this looks quick and easy, would love to make a few with maybe different objects in them.
want to make nice quick easy gifts so these would qualify. Don’t have much money at all, gifts will be small token things.
When we get paid in Nov.,day before Thanksgiving, won’t get paid again til 2 days after Christmas, 5 weeks. Hence need for small gifts.Thanks so much Uncle Sam, sigh. Such fun being on SS,lol.
I ordered from ConsumerCrafts Jane but saw some on Amazon. I would be willing to bet they would be at a craft store perhaps in the miniatures section! They are really inexpensive and perfect for quick and cheap gifts!
That is as cute as can be Angie! And it looks easy too, which is a big plus!
The tiny train is adorable. Love how simple this project is. Visiting from #HomeMattersParty