Turn your extra Mason jars into sparkling snow globes filled with your favorite holiday figurines. We'll show you how to make a snow globe in a Mason jar for the perfect winter craft. 


Put your extra Mason jars to good use this winter by creating a custom Mason jar 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. This can be a fun Christmas craft for kids or adults! And if you love this easy Christmas craft, get more ideas for holiday Mason jar decor.

3 cute diy mason jar globes

How to Make a Mason Jar Snow Globe

Supplies Needed

  • Mason jar 
  • Protective gloves (optional)
  • Glitter spray paint
  • Waterproof craft glue, such as Amazing Goop 
  • Small white floral foam ball 
  • Crafts knife
  • Assorted winter figurines and trees 
  • Glitter 
  • Spray adhesive 
  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin 
spray painting mason jar lid

Step 1: Spray Lid

Remove lid from the glass jar. Separate the two parts of the lid and set face-up 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 Christmas craft with a farmhouse look.

applying glue to inside of lid

Step 2: Glue Lid Together

Once the spray paint is dry, glue the two pieces of the lid together with waterproof glue. This will prevent leaking from your Mason jar snow globe. Let the glue dry.

cutting styrofoam ball in half

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 Mason jar snow globe.

flocking miniature tree

Step 4: Add Figurines

What's a good Mason jar Christmas craft without a little sparkle? 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.

pouring liquid into mason jar

Step 5: Fill Jar with Liquid

Fill your Mason jar with distilled water, glitter, and a few drops of glycerin. Glycerin is what suspends the glitter in the water, creating the magical snow-like effect. It also acts as a preservative to keep your figurines intact. If you're struggling where to find glycerin, check your local craft store or in the pharmacy section of a grocery store.

twisting on lid for bottom of snow globe

Step 6: Glue Lid on Filled Jar

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

Comments (5)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 24, 2018
My local Walmart has glycerin near the pharmacy where you find the rubbing alcohol.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 24, 2018
You can get glycerin at cake decorating supply stores.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 15, 2018
We would recommend checking your local craft store for liquid glycerin.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 14, 2018
This looks great. Where would I find glycerin?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 3, 2018
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?"