A glitter DIY snowman is such an easy and cute way to add to your Christmas decor! Your friends and family will never know this light-up snowman is actually a fishbowl snowman.
Hello Friends!! Are you ready for the holiday season?? I know we have a couple of months, but I absolutely love Christmas decor.
I wish I could decorate my house now! I have been satisfying the decorating itch with some new crafts.
I have to admit I’m a little in love with this guy – he makes me smile every time I see him! I wanted to share this happiness by showing you how to make this super easy DIY snowman with lights and glitter. He goes perfect with all my other DIY Christmas decor!
Isn’t he so cute?? Plus he cost under $5 to make – you got to love the Dollar Tree! You’d never guess he was a fish bowl snowman;)
This is a really easy and quick project that you could make without any fancy machines. You could use stickers, glue and glitter, pom poms, contact paper, etc for the embellishments.
If you are a big Dollar Tree lover like I am make sure to check out a roundup of great Dollar Store Christmas crafts to make.
Materials for DIY Snowman with Lights
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- 2 glass fish bowls – I used two slightly different sizes (3.5 inch and 3.8 inch I think!). They were both fish bowls from the Dollar Tree
- glitter – I used two different kinds and mixed them together. One was this one found here (or from Walmart) and one was package from Dollar Tree
- Mod Podge
- Cricut Explore Air™and vinyl. If you’d like to learn more about a Cricut, click here for my Guide of Cricut Ideas!
- Fairy Lights – This is a great pack so you can use for other projects!
- glue gun, paint brush, fabric/felt for scarf, embellishments
Instructions for Light Up Snowman
You can use two glass fish bowls that are the same size or use the two different sizes. I used the two different sizes.
Clean both bowls out with some rubbing alcohol and paper towel and let dry.
Have your glitter ready. You can use just the extra fine glitter if you want. I liked adding the larger rainbow pieces since it gave him a bit more texture and extra sparkling!
I just poured a little bit of both in a bowl and mixed them together.
Dip a paintbrush in some mod podge and then coat the whole inside of one of the bowls.
Pour some of the glitter mixture into the fish bowl and start swirling it around so it covers everywhere.
It’s easiest to put a bowl or plate underneath and roll the glass bowl while some of the glitter is falling out the top. This helps get the glitter all the way to the top.
The entire bowl should be covered with glitter. Do both bowls the same way. Let the glittered glass bowls dry for about 24 hours.
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Now you get to start decorating and putting together the fish bowl snowman! If you have a Cricut or other cutting machine you can download my FREE snowman SVG file, size it, and cut them out on vinyl.
I love using my Cricut during the holiday season! I have a ton of Cricut projects if you want more inspiration.
Also if you like budget crafting, make sure to check out my Dollar Tree Cricut project ideas.
Snowman SVG FREE File
As with all my files, these are for personal use only. If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here.
Sometimes the file will look blurry when you first open it, but once you download it, the SVG will open up clearly.
If it doesn’t automatically download, you might need to right-click on it and Save As. If you need additional help, make sure to check out my post on how to download and upload files to CDS.
Or check out my Cricut Design Space 101 series for even more tutorials.
Click HERE to Download FREE SVG Snowman Face File!
Putting Together the Glass Glitter Snowman
Clean the outside of the glitter bowls with alcohol and paper towels and let dry.
Cut out your snowman face and buttons of adhesive vinyl. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can always use stickers or glue and glitter or hand-cut vinyl or contact paper to decorate your DIY snowman.
Then you’ll apply the vinyl with transfer paper (or you can freehand if you want with a Sharpie paint pen!) to the smaller bowl.
I found this adorable Snowman hat at the Dollar Tree! There were two different kinds and they are ornaments.
I just took the metal top hook off of it. Grab your glue gun and glue that puppy on!
Make Your Homemade Fish Bowl Snowman Light Up!
Now the cool part. Add half of the fairy lights to the bottom of your Dollar Tree DIY snowman and the other half to the top. The tail with the switch on it will hang out between the two bowls on the back.
I added a little bit of hot glue to two spots on the bowl and attached them together. If the lights go out, it will be easy to cut the glue attachment since it’s pretty small on both sides.
Now all you have left is the scarf. I used a spare piece of red felt.
I cut it about an inch wide by 24 inches long. I folded it in half (so the part around the neck was 1/2 inch) and wrapped it in between the two bowls.
I just tied it in a double knot and cut the ends off where I wanted them. I used a dot of hot glue to hold it in place but that’s optional.
You could add arms and legs if you want to. I’ve seen some with ornament mittens that were used. Maybe for my next one!
That’s it. Now sit back and enjoy your glittery glowing DIY snowman! If you have kids in the house, you can put their Elf on the shelf next to the snowman with the “Do you wanna build a snowman?” free elf note we have.
If you’d like to watch a video tutorial, of how I used the same method to make Grinch decorations, click on the link.
Make a matching fish bowl buddy with this cute DIY penguin Christmas decoration I made. Plus grab another FREE cut file for the penguin face.
If you want a DIY nightlight for the Spring, make sure to check out how to make a bunny one using the same supplies and also have a free bunny face SVG file too.
To find out how to make this wrapped DIY light up canvas Christmas decor, check out my tutorial on Cricut Christmas projects here!
You can see the extra rainbow sparkles when you’re up close! If you like glitter as much as I do, check out how to make personalized glitter ornaments here and DIY Santa cam ornaments here.
Here’s how my glitter Grinch came out. Make sure to hop on over to the tutorial to grab the FREE Grinch face SVG file.
If you’d like to check out a whole bunch more Christmas crafts click here! Or if you love your Cricut as much as I do and want to get inspired by a roundup of Cricut Christmas ideas from around the blogosphere, click on the link!
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Here are some printable directions for the cute DIY snowman.
DIY Snowman with Glitter and Lights!
Make a super cute light up snowman out of mostly Dollar Tree supplies. Perfect as decor, nightlight or gift!
- Glass Bowls
- Mod Podge
- Fairy lights
- Clean out the bowls with rubbing alcohol.
- Apply a thin layer of mod podge to entire inside of bowl with flat paint brush.
- Add some glitter. Rotate the bowl around so the glitter covers the entire bowl. Dump out any extra.
- Repeat for other bowl. Let dry 24 hours.
- Clean off outside of small bowl with rubbing alcohol.
- Cut out Snowman face SVG file (free on my blog post). Weed off extra vinyl and apply to small bowl with transfer tape.
- Hot glue on a hat.
- If you want it to light up, add fairy lights inside both bowls (half in each with switch hanging out back).
- Apply hot glue to top rim of large bowl and adhere two bowls together.
- Add a cute ribbon or felt as a scarf.
- Enjoy your light up snowman!
See post for FREE snowman SVG file.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!
So cute!!! I can’t wait to make this for my home!
I love this project!! Thanks for joining in!
Thanks so much Angie!
Thanks Katie! Hope you love yours as much as I love mine ! He’s fun to make:)
You can never go wrong with a cute dollar store craft!
How do you keep the lights from falling to the bottom of the bowls?
Hi Janet, the fairy lights are on a bendable wire that holds it’s shape. They just stay put inside the bowl! Hope that helps!
I made 15 of these for centerpieces for a holiday lunch. I centered them in glittered pine cones, moss and pine fronds. They turned out wonderful! I can send you pics if you like.
Sounds beautiful!! I’d love to see pictures!
Were can I get the stickers for face an bottons
I would love to see too
You can download and cut out the files with a Cricut. Or you could always find some circle stickers or even cut them out of contact paper.
Where did you get the face for the grinch?
Would it not be better to use the likes of a Dremel and diamond glass cutter and put a hole in the bowls to feed the lights through, then one out the side of the bottom one so the battery pack sits flat, I did that when I etched snowflakes onto a bowl…means you dont disturb everything to change the batteries …just a thought…great idea though and I will have to try it…
Hi Paul, If you have those tools on hand, by all means, that would probably work better! I don’t have either, so this worked perfect for me!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hi Jeannine, there are a bunch on Etsy or you can google FREE Grinch SVG and some might come up. It was a few years ago, but I think I got it from a FB group.
I made these using two plastic ornaments from the dollar store. My kids wanted to make them as holiday night lights. They turned out great! Thank you so much for sharing!!
what hold s the two bowls together. can you glue them?
Yes, I used some hot glue to secure them together.
Hi Amanda, what a great idea!! They would be so cute as night lights and plastic would work so much better for kiddos. You’re so welcome!
Is there a pattern for the hat.
Hi Carlene, I got the hat at the Dollar Tree. They are actually ornaments.
I love this and am currently making them with my kiddos but was wondering, what size worked best for the SVG file? I don’t want to waste a bunch of vinyl with trial and error if I don’t have to 🙂
Hi Jenn, my coat buttons are about 0.65 inch, the smile is 2.5 inches wide and the nose 0.75 inches. Thanks for stopping by!
Hi! I kive thus Idea. Thank you for sharing. I used tiny LED fairy lights in mine and they scratched some of the glitter off. It seems the glitter coat is very fragile. Is there a way to seal the glitter after it has dried?
Hi Diana, you could always apply another layer of mod podge to the glitter and let that dry for another 24 hours. Thanks for stopping by!
If the power pack is on the outside why would have to unglue the globes
Only really if one of the lights stop working inside or you don’t have another battery for the specific power pack. I just got ones that use AA batteries that would be super easy to change!
Could you use those small battery lights you use in pumpkins at Halloween? One in the top and one on the table under the bottom bowl. I would think you would need to use heavier glitter so you don’t see it much. Less fuss than fairy lights.
Hi Diane, you probably could but you’d have to pick up the bowls and turn them on. I much prefer having a battery pack sticking out the back so I don’t risk dropping or breaking one of the bowls with repeatedly picking it up and down! I’m clumsy sometimes:(
Do you have an actual video on this
Thank you 🤗👍🏼
No, I’m sorry, not for this one. But it’s exactly how I made the Easter bunny one that I have a video for and the Grinch one!
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is rubbing alcohol is important to use?
I can’t find the hat ornament at any of my Dollar Tree stores in town. I even looked on the store website.
Oh no! Do you have a 99Cent store or other Dollar type stores? Sometimes they will have something similar.
Not really. It is more to make sure the glass is extra clean and void of any grease that would cause the vinyl to not fully adhere.
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Just brilliant, he has such a cute face. I have been wondering how people have been doing glitter ball ornaments! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent xx
God bless 🙏
I am trying to download the sag and it’s not letting me any suggestions
It should automatically download. have you checked your folders to make sure it didn’t download already? Not sure what could be going on… it downloaded when I tried it. If you still can’t email me and I’ll send it to you… firstname.lastname@example.org
Isn’t he so cute?? I just love him! Thanks so much!
What is the size of the hat you used? Thnx
It’s a dollar store ornament. The base is about 3.5 inches