Holiday Crafts: How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Snow Globe

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Snow Globe Mason Jars

If you’re like me, every time you see a snow globe you have to play with it. As a child, I was fascinated with these captive winter wonderlands. Because store bought snow globes tend to be delicate and expensive, you may feel reluctant to let your kids play with yours. Now you can bring this joy to kids from start to completion by making a homemade snow globe this holiday season.

Making your own snow globe from a mason jar is easy and fun. Just get the stuff below and follow the directions.

You Will Need:

  • A clean mason jar that is water tight (test to see if it is by holding it upside down over your sink with the lid screwed on)
  • Festive, waterproof holiday figure or decorations that will fit inside the jar. Imagination is the limit here. You can print out photos or use a snow bunny or even a T-Rex
  • Waterproof glue (hot glue works)
  • Sandpaper, cork, or aquarium rocks (optional)
  • Water
  • Glycerin (optional: found in drug stores or at your craft store)
  • Glitter or snow globe “snow”

Making Your Own Snow Globe Step-by-Step

~ Remove the lid from the Mason jar and set it on your workspace

~ Create your scene on the underside of the jar lid. Use waterproof glue like your hot-glue gun. To make sure your wintery scene adheres to the jar lid you can glue on a piece of sandpaper or a piece of cork. You can also use little aquarium rocks or pebbles to glue your holiday figures to. When gluing your scene onto the lid, make sure to keep things away from the edges so you can screw on the lid easily later.

~ Let your holiday scene on the inside of the jar dry. Once the glue has dried, pick it up and shake it around a bit to make sure it holds.

~ Add the glitter to your jar. Use a bit more than you think you need because it may get caught in your scene. If you would like the glitter to move more slowly around your homemade snow globe, add a few teaspoons of glycerin (at least 2-3 teaspoons per cup of water).

~ Fill the jar up with water until it is almost to the top.

~ Screw the lid back on the jar so your scene is facing upside down. Then reverse the jar so everything is right side up. Make sure it doesn’t leak.

~ Now shake up your globe and watch the snow fall on your holiday scene.

Tips to Decorate Your Snow Globe

Tie a ribbon around the finished snow globe to give it a festive feel.

Print out pictures of your kids or family members, cut them out, and put them in the globe for a unique homemade gift.

Paint the Mason jar lids if you want to cover up the labels.

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