Rusty Snow Globe Ornaments

Don't you just love snow globe ornaments?! I love to make them myself too and I've made several over the years. 

Today I'm going to show you how to dress up those cheapie dollar store snow globe ornaments. By adding a little rust we are going to make them amazing! 

Just a few items from the dollar store and you'll have everything you need to bring those $1.25 snow globe ornaments to the next level. 

Take a look...

snow globes with rusty parts

Here they are, those cheap snow globe ornaments from the Dollar Tree.  They look great for a kids craft but not for something you're really going to love or want to give as gifts. 

dollar tree snow globe ornaments

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Today I'm giving these ornaments a rust technique and filling them with simple items you can get at Dollar Tree or anywhere. 

The first thing I did was to remove the bases and the metal hangers from the top. 

lids and tops of ornaments

I painted them with a FolkArt brown chalk paint.

tops and bottoms painted brown

While the paint was still wet I used pumpkin pie spice to sprinkle over the top of the wet paint. (I was out of cinnamon and the pumpkin pie spice works great, smells good too!)

pumpkin pie spice on lids

When the paint and spice dried I added a little dabs of orange craft paint then sprayed the pieces with a matte spray sealer. 

pumpkin pie spice on lids

Lastly, I sprinkled a little more pumpkin pie spice then coated it all with matte Mod Podge and let it dry. 

Mod Podge rust ornament treatment

That's it! 

I filled the ornaments with small bottle brush trees and simple snowmen made with beads from an old necklace that I hot glued to the bottom of the lids. I sprinkled about a few teaspoons of epsom salt as snow and closed up the ornaments.


trees and snowman in snow in ornament

snow man in snow globe

These ornaments went from zero to 100 in no time! Now they're ready for a craft fair

snow globe ornaments with rusty tops

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snow globe ornament with rusty base


Snow globe ornaments


Ornaments with rust

All the supplies for this project can be found at the Dollar Tree. 

snow globe ornaments with rusty tops and bases

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rusty ornament tops



I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .