Make Your Own Snow Globe Style Christmas Cards

Make fun homemade Christmas cards that look like custom snow globes.

These handmade Christmas cards are fun to make and send. They are sure to receive comments from your friends and family as you wish them good cheer during the holidays.

A clear panel in the front of the card contains free-moving, shimmering snow and glitter. The inside of the card displays the image or message of your choice, viewed through the festive snowfall.

What you will need:

- Blank note cards or card stock folded into note cards

- Double sided scotch-style tape

- Exacto or other craft knife

- Transparent cellophane sheets

- Silver glitter

- Snowflake or other holiday confetti

Making the cards:

1. Determine what picture or message you would like to display on the "inside" of the snow globe; it should fit inside a circle approximately 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Great ideas for images inside the snow globe include family portraits, baby pictures, pet photos or any Christmas icons.

2. To create the interior picture, either use a computer printer to print directly on the inside of the note cards; alternately print out an image on other paper and use double sided tape or a glue stick to adhere the image to the inside of each card.

3. Using an extra card or a spare piece of cardstock to make a pattern, cut around the circular image with the Exacto knife. This cut-out will be used to cut a hole in the front portion of each note card.

4. Unfold a card; use the cut-out pattern as a stencil over the front of the card and with a pencil lightly draw the outline of the image.



5. Use the Exacto knife - making sure to work over a proper cutting surface - to cut out the circle from the front piece of the card. Remove and discard the circle.

6. Use the circle to cut 2 squares of clear cellophane about an inch larger than the cut-out circle for each card. You may also use iridescent or transparent colored cellophane for different looks.

7. Open the card so you can work on the inside of the front of the card.

8. Place strips of double sided tape around the cut-out circle, creating a square of 4 pieces of tape on the inside of the card.

9. Lay one piece of the cellophane across the cutout circle, so it is adhered to the inside of the card front by the tape.

10. Place 4 new pieces of tape, aligned over the original tape positions.

11. Sprinkle glitter and confetti onto the center of the cellophane, avoiding the tape.

12. Place the second piece of cellophane over the first, using the tape to adhere it.

13. Fold your card closed and shake. The glitter and confetti should move freely in between the two cellophane layers, creating a snow globe effect.

Your snow globe card is complete. Add extras to it by printing or drawing a snow globe base and outline on the front of the card. You may also want to add other images or messages to the front or interior.

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