DIY Snow Globe! Fun Craft to Give or Keep

Mason Jar Snowglobe from Anthropologie
Mason Jar Snow Globe from Anthropologie

So there I was, minding my own business, trying to get a bit of Christmas shopping done when I see this sweet snow globe. It was love. I was smitten.

Until I saw the price.

Forty big ones. Yikes.

Since you know I'm a sucker for crafts, it shouldn't surprise you that I decided I could make my own mason jar snow globes and I'll tell you what ~ they didn't cost anywhere near $40 for the entire batch!

This craft is super simple. The only major time commitment is waiting for the glue to dry. Seriously.

ChristmasCraftStartHere's what you'll need:

  • Tacky Glue or some other white glue to adhere glitter to your trees
  • Mason jars. They come in all different sizes, find the one that works for your items
  • A glue gun and glue sticks to adhere trees to the inside of the mason jar
  • Trees, animals, miniature buildings, snowmen, ornaments, etc to put inside the jar
  • Glitter! I used silver for the accents and white for the snow

That's it!

ChristmasCraftGlitterTreesNow let's have some fun. First, you want to make sure your mason jars are clean and dry. Next, randomly add little globs of glue to the branches of your trees. Sprinkle glitter generously over the glue and allow to dry.

Note: I also added some glitter to the tops of the snowman's hat to make it look like snow was melting. You can put glitter anywhere you'd like. It's your craft, have fun with it!

For this step you'll need your glue gun. Arrange your items on the inside of the lid until you're happy with the look, then glue your trees, snowmen, animals, etc to the lid.


It's time for more glitter! Add about an inch or so of white glitter to the jar, keeping it upright so you don't get glitter everywhere. You want enough glitter to cover the bottom of the lid, but not so much you cover your trees or snowmen completely.

ChristmasCraftFinishedCarefully put the lid on the jar, making sure you don't jostle anything or knock off a tree in the process.

Tightly secure the lid to the jar. If you want, you can add a ring of glitter glue around the edge of the lid for some added sparkle.

Turn your jar upside down and voilà! You have a gorgeous snow globe that your friends and family will love.

I purchased the trees, glue, glitter, snowmen, and animals from Michael's. The mason jars I found at my local market ~ Albertson's, I think.

Have fun with this. You can make it as Christmasy or not as you'd like. For other holidays, you can add hearts for Valentine's Day, balloons for a birthday, Shamrocks for St. Pats, bunnies and eggs for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving, the ideas are only limited by your imagination!

If you make this craft, please share a picture of your creation, I'd love to see what you come up with.

What are some of your favorite gifts to make? OR, what homemade gifts do you like to receive?


36 thoughts on “DIY Snow Globe! Fun Craft to Give or Keep”

  1. susielindaususielindau

    How fun is that! Thanks for sharing, but I will have to make it in January. I am sooooo behind!

  2. patriciasandspatriciasands

    I’m a big fan of snow globes too! The Adorables are coming to sleep over tomorrow and this may be just the thing for us to do. Thanks!

  3. Louise BehielLouise Behiel

    I think this would be great fun with my granddaughters. I’m off to buy supplies at Michael’s

  4. Nancy J NicholsonNancy J Nicholson

    Tameri, thanks for sharing. How fun is that? Do you get to add water to the jar before you secure it all in place or is that just a bit too messy?

  5. MarciaMarcia

    Very cute idea, Tameri! I saw one on Pinterest using a clear glass ornament. I think that would be a bit trickier trying to get objects into that teeny hole in the top. I lvoe this idea and my grandgirls would, too!

  6. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    OMG super cute and super easy! I love it…this may even be something I, being craft-challenged, could actually do. Thanks for sharing your fabulousness!

  7. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    How totally adorable! I have a little figurine that looks a lot like my dog I haven’t known what to do with. This will be it. 🙂 Thanks for the super idea, Tameri. Yours turned out awesome!

  8. EmmaEmma

    What a cute idea. I love snowglobes and was looking for the perfect one to give my sister this year. Maybe you should start a business, Tameri. I’d be your first customer 🙂

  9. Tiffany A WhiteTiffany A White

    I love snowglobes!! I am not crafty AT ALL, but I may have to try this…

  10. Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, LaughingKristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing

    Very cute! I might just give this a try. They would make really great Christmas gifts. Like you, I love snow globes (and music boxes/figurines)…but I don’t like the price tag that usually comes with them. 🙂

    I saw something in a store once that I just loved, but it was about $30.00 for a piece of driftwood, a small piece of pine branch and pine cones. Nope. Not for me. I went to a park and found good sized pieces of bark, pine branches and cones on the ground, then bought tiny little colored bulbs, a can of snow, and a couple of red candles for the one I sent my dad…and made a bunch of them. So many, in fact, I was giving them away to people I barely knew. LOL…but it was fun. And I did all of it for a fraction of what it would have cost to buy the decoration in the store. No, it wasn’t exactly the same, but they were still really pretty. 🙂

  11. Lorca DamonLorca Damon

    I love a great, cheap, fun-for-the-kids craft, but I would want the “floaty effect.” I’m pretty sure that splurging and using about half a bottle of baby oil in the snow globe before gluing the lid shut would make the glitter float. I only say baby oil because it would be clear and not outrageously expensive. If we made miniature globes out of baby food jars, it would save even more money on the oil.

  12. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    It is soo funny the things that keep coming up between us. You know how the kids make a unique ornament every year? This year we are doing little snow globes. And here you are posting about snow globes. Crazy. Of course we won’t use a mason jar. That would totally weigh down the tree branch. LOL. The kids would love to do a project like this. Thanks for posting this.

  13. Juli D. RevezzoJuli D. Revezzo

    What a neat idea, Tameri. I never thought you could do snowglobes without liquid inside. *slaps forehead* I might try this sometime.

    December 19, 2012
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