How to Make Mason Jar Snow Globes

Turn your extra Mason jars into sparkling snow globes filled with your favorite holiday figurines. We'll show you how to make this charming winter craft.

Put your extra Mason jars to good use this winter by creating a DIY Mason jar snow globe that includes your favorite seasonal elements or laminated photos of loved ones. These customized 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 or laminated photos
  • 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, trees, or photo edges with spray adhesive and loose glitter. Simply spray the items and sprinkle glitter over the top, twisting the object to cover all sides. Using waterproof glue, attach the miniatures or photos 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 with 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!

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