Christmas time is here! It’s time for joy and a fun Christmas craft, a mason jar snow globe! I’ve seen various DIY snow globe ideas floating around Pinterest the last couple of years, and knew this year I wanted to make a custom snow globe with my own spin on it. Before I share the tutorial with you, I’ll just tell you up front that if you have no crafting experience then this project is ABSOLUTELY for you. You guys…this project was SO easy…and seriously fun. This would be a great Christmas craft to do with kids…or anyone really. 🙂
Yes, you CAN make a custom snow globe…I promise!
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One thing I really loved about this DIY snow globe was how inexpensive it was to make. I tend to spend quite a bit on craft supplies (for the blog and just for fun!), so anytime I can get a project I love for under $10, I’m happy. I picked up all these supplies at Michaels, but am linking to online sources in case you can’t get to a craft store near you if you want to make a custom snow globe along with me! 🙂
DIY Snow Globe Supplies
- Clean Mason Jars – These mason jars are wide mouthed making them easier to put your fun custom touch on your Christmas craft
- Fake Snow – This faux snow is under $4.00 and is more than enough for your snow globe
- Glitter – To add some flare to your snow, because the world definitely needs more glitter
- Super Glue – You will want to glue down your figurines inside the mason jar lid, this glue is strong enough to use
- Miniature Figurines – This is where it gets to become a custom snow globe! We used miniature animal figurines and also manger figurines but the choices are endless. This set has some really cute ones!
- Water – The good stuff (several people recommended distilled water, but I went with tap…shhh don’t tell)
Directions: How to Make a Snow Globe in a Mason Jar
How to make a mason jar snow globe – Step one
Pick your favorite figurines and give them a good dry-run on the mason jar lids by positioning where they should go and arranging them the way you’d like. All of our figures were from the ornament section where the mini trees are, but you can find some cute mini figurines on Amazon too.
Right off the bat I knew I’d have to cover those silver lids with my favorite gold leaf paint.
While the rims were drying, we started placing our figurines. I love this vintage-looking deer with the Christmas trees, so sweet!
Of course, baby Jesus was involved in our mason jar snow globe making! Christmas is his birthday after all. 🙂 We like this so much that we decided to do two custom snow globes with a manger scene.
How to make a mason jar snow globe – Step two
Use a strong glue to permanently adhere the figurines to the lid. I used E6000 super glue to glue the figures down. This glue is no joke, so be careful not to get it on your fingers!! You may end up stuck to the table for the rest of your life. 😛
How to make a mason jar snow globe – Step three
While the figures were drying, we added snow into the jars (about 1/5 jar full). We also added glitter to some of our mason jar snow globes because…duh. Glitter is everything.
How to make a mason jar snow globe – Step four
Add water and (optional) glycerin to the jar. You want the jar to be pretty full otherwise your figures won’t be covered by the water, which kind of defeats the purpose of a DIY snow globe. We filled ours up to about 1/2 inch from the top. Add a few drops of glycerin to the snow globe if you want to add the falling snow effect. The more glycerin you add, the slower it will fall.
How to make a mason jar snow globe – Step five
Now you can add your pre-glued figures, tighten the lid on and give it a good shake! 🙂 That’s it—you’ve got a custom snow globe! Make sure the lid is on really tight otherwise you’ll get splashed when you shake. We’ve had these mason jar snow globes for a few years now and haven’t had any issues with them. You can store them away, then use as one of your traditional Christmas decorations yearly!
A few common questions regarding a custom snow globe
How to make a snow globe in a mason jar?
The simplified version
- Place the figurines on the mason jar lid
- Glue your snow globe decorations where you want them
- Add faux snow to the mason jar
- Fill with water, leave 1/2 inch of room for shaking
- Add glycerin if you want the falling snow effect
- Shake your homemade snow globe and enjoy
What can you use for snow in a snow globe?
What liquid is in a snow globe?
Water and glycerin – you will fill the snow globe with distilled water and add a few drops of glycerin at a time until you feel the faux snow is falling at a good rate.
What is glycerin?
It is a compound often found in soap that helps treat oily skin. In this case, it is used to slow the rate of falling snow, the miracle ingredient! 🙂 Surprisingly, it is also a non toxic sweetener that is used in food.
Have you guys made any DIY Christmas projects yet? I’d love to see! 🙂