DIY Snow Globes
Use mini ornaments to create a one-of-a-kind holiday accessory using Mason jars.
Our boys adore snow globes. This year we decided to surprise them with some fun, out of the ordinary snow globes made using toys and ornaments we already had. Since the mini robot ornaments have been the boys’ favorite tree decor, we decided to give them a special place among the holiday decor this year.
- glass jar with lids
- mini ornaments or toys
- mini holiday themed accessories
- sprig of artificial tree or wreath
- glue gun and glue
- white foam floral ball (about 3" to 4" diameter)
- glycerin (optional)
- waterproof super glue or epoxy
Step 1: Place Foam Ball in Lid
Cut the foam floral ball in half. It needs to fit in the center of the lid with some space left around the circumference in order for the lid to screw onto the jar. If it’s too wide, trim down the sides with a craft knife. Glue the foam onto the inside of the jar lid.
Step 2: Add Accessories to Snow Globe
Add holiday accessories to your ornaments, if needed (Image 1). Glue the accessories to the foam/lid. The height of the jar will determine how tall the ornaments and accessories can be (Image 2). Make sure you leave at least 1/2" to 1" head space in the jar. Secure all the accessories to the foam with plenty of hot glue.
Step 3: Fill Jar
Fill the jar to just the bottom part of the rim with water. Add a tablespoon of glycerin (if using) and mix well. The glycerin will help the glitter stay afloat longer in the water. Glycerin is not necessary, but makes the "snow fall" effect prettier.
Step 4: Add Glitter
Add a couple of tablespoons of glitter to the jar. Insert the lid with ornaments into the jar. Make sure it’s tight! For added insurance against leaks, use waterproof glue to secure the jar top to the inner lip of the lid's metal ring and allow to dry. Once dry, squeeze a thin line of waterproof glue onto the lid's inner edge, and tightly screw it onto the jar. Allow to dry before turning over and shaking.
Step 5: Enjoy
Hand the snow globe to your little ones and let them shake away!