How to Make Mason Jar Snow Globes

Turn your extra Mason jars into sparkling snow globes filled with your favorite holiday figurines.

Turn old Mason jars into adorable snow globes with this fun Christmas craft.

Put your extra Mason jars to good use this winter by creating a custom snow globe that includes your favorite seasonal elements. These snowy accent pieces can be used year after year if assembled with the right materials, including waterproof glue and a few drops of glycerin. Glitter provides the sparkling faux snow.

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What You Need

  • Mason jar 
  • Assorted winter figurines and trees 
  • Glitter 
  • Waterproof craft glue, such as Amazing Goop 
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin 
  • Small white floral foam ball 
  • Crafts knife
  • Spray adhesive 
  • Glitter spray paint

Step 1: Spray Lid

Remove lid from glass jar. Separate the two parts of the lid and set faceup on a flat surface. Spray the lid pieces with glitter spray paint. We used fine gold glitter spray, but you can choose any color or keep the lid plain for a farmhouse look.

Step 2: Glue Lid Together

Once the spray paint is dry, glue the two pieces of the lid together with waterproof glue to prevent leaking. Let the glue dry.

Step 3: Glue Foam in Lid

Cut a small white foam ball in half, then partially remove the top so both surfaces are flat and the edges are rounded. Make sure the diameter of the foam piece is small enough that you can still screw the lid on. Use waterproof glue to attach the foam inside the lid and let dry. This will bump up figurines and trees inside the glass jar.

Step 4: Add Figurines

Add glitter to figurines or trees with spray adhesive and loose glitter. Simply spray the figures and sprinkle glitter over the top, twisting the object to cover all sides. Using waterproof glue, attach holiday miniatures to the foam on the inside of the Mason jar lid. Let dry overnight.

Step 5: Fill Jar with Liquid

Fill your Mason jar with distilled water, glitter, and a few drops of glycerin. Glycerin is what distends the glitter in the water, contributing the magical snow-like effect. It also acts as a preservative to keep your figurines intact.

Step 6: Glue Lid on Filled Jar

Before topping jar with lid, place waterproof glue around the rim of the glass jar. Place the lid on the jar and screw the cap on tightly. Let the assembled snow globe dry upside down overnight. After it is dry, turn it right side up, shake, and enjoy!

1 Comment

  1. Did someone proofread this??? "Glycerin is what distends the glitter in the water, contributing the magical snow-like effect." Wow, that's really bad..."distends??" "contributing the?"

    1. How would you have better explained it?

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