Snowglobe Origins

We’ve had a lot of questions asking why and how we go into this whole snowglobe operation. Where did the idea come from and how did it become a business?  So we thought we should share the Snow Day origin story.

In 2012, Karl made a snowglobe as a surprise gift for his wife Lisa, featuring their home. He documented his process and shared it with others online as a DIY tutorial. The tutorial caught the interest of blogger, journalist, and science fiction author Cory Doctorow, who published it on 

Each holiday season since, Karl has been getting emails from folks who are delighted by the tutorial, but don’t have the time, resources, or skills to create a custom snowglobe by themselves. Many people ask Karl if they can just pay him to make a specific snowglobe for them. And so we decided to try making their wishes come true!


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