DIY Literary Ornaments and Snow Globes

Make Literary Ornaments and Snow Globes from Your Favorite Maurice Sendak Illustrations

This post, DIY Literary Ornaments and Snow Globes, is sponsored by Maurice Sendak Foundation. All opinions are 100% my own.

I have such fond memories of reading books illustrated by Maurice Sendak. I specifically recall sitting next to our basement fireplace on our red shag carpet reading all four books in the Nutshell Library. These books were my older brother’s and I would sneak them downstairs to get swept away reading Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, Pierre, and my favorite Chicken Soup with Rice.

My brother recalls this too, as he reminded me about it when he gifted the collection to my daughter a few years ago. These mini books will be one of the few things that make it into my daughter’s hope chest for when she is older and when her little sister is older, I will buy them for her as well.

In honor of the Maurice Sendak Foundation, I wanted to make a Christmas ornament and snow globe with the illustrations from E.T.A. Hoffman’s Nutcracker. You can follow this tutorial to make your own literary ornaments or snow globes.

Making the Ornaments

Time: 30 Minutes


  • Plastic Snow Globe or Ornament
  • Glue
  • Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fake Snow
  • Ribbon


Visit Amazon to find your favorite book illustrated by Maurice Sendak and purchase it. Next, capture the illustrations with your phone and save them to your computer. Be sure to use natural light. Insert the photos in a Word document and crop and resize them as needed. Measure your ornament or snow glob opening to get the right sizing.

Print out the photos on cardstock and cut them out. Leave a tab at the bottom to fold under. Place glue, like E6000, on the tab and glue them into the ornament or snow globe.

Lastly, add fake snow and ribbon.

This would be a fun craft to do with your kids or for a teacher to do with his or her class.

About the Maurice Sendak Foundation

The Maurice Sendak Foundation ( was created in efforts to keep Maurice Sendak’s legacy alive by promoting the celebration of his books/illustrations and greater public interest in and understanding of the literary, illustrative and theatrical arts.

Visit the Maurice Sendak page on Amazon to find the perfect gift for all ages! You can also find more information at Maurice Sendak Foundation and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @harperkid.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Maurice Sendak Foundation. The opinions and text are all mine.

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