Mason Jar Snow Globe Tutorial

I had so much fun making this next project! I tend to grab mason jars from garage sales and thrift stores whenever I can find them (today I actually snagged a turquoise one!). They have so many uses, from baking to crafts projects. This weekend I turned a few of my mason jars into snow globes for Christmas!

2012 UPDATE: Since making this snow globe last year, I’m sad to say the dye from the tree turned the water in the globe green! I’m still trying to figure out a way to fix this issue (maybe coat the tree with a sealant first?). If you’re looking to use this snow globe for longer than one season, I don’t recommend you use green trees.

What you’ll need:
Any jar that seals
Distilled Water
Liquid Glycerin
Glitter
Figurines
Epoxy/Crazy Glue
(I found the glycerin at the drug store in the pharmacy section.)
Using the Crazy Glue, attach your figurines to the lid of the mason jar. Let them dry completely. (I waited 24 hours to be sure.)
Next, fill your jar almost to the top with distilled water. Add a dash of liquid glycerin (this is used to make the glitter fall more slowly). The amount is glitter you add is sort of at your own discretion. I ended up experimenting and some of mine have a lot of glitter and some don’t. Jordan’s has a ton. 😉 Screw the cap on tightly and shake your jar to get the glitter moving.
And you’re done! Give your Christmas decorations a pretty handmade touch this year using this easy tutorial!
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81 Comments
  1. Dawn 4 years ago

    HOLY CRAP. I’ve been making Christmas presents this year, and so I think this will be a wonderful addition to things I’m already doing! I have a ton of Mason jars, so I know it won’t be a problem. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this.

    …now here’s to hoping I won’t find a way to injure myself during said project. Knowing me, I will find a way.

    • Andrea 3 years ago

      I made these with my Brownie troop years ago, the girls loved making them, it was so much fun!

  2. ElleSee 4 years ago

    A fantastic project and idea! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Gina 4 years ago

    Love this!

  4. Candice 4 years ago

    Those look fantastic! I would have never thought to use mason jars this way. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

  5. Karen 4 years ago

    This is so great! I will definitely need to Pin this for future reference :)

    <3 Karen from
    simplylovethisblog.blogspot.com

  6. Misty 4 years ago

    This is genius! I am so gonna make this.

  7. Kristen 4 years ago

    I love this! So creative! :-)

  8. I love this! So simple! I’ve been wanting to make one for a while now

    Next week I’m actually taking some vacation time from work. I plant to craft my heart out. So maybe I’ll finally get a chance to make one!

  9. Gentri 4 years ago

    Hey! I just did this same thing a few days ago. :)

    http://gentrilee.blogspot.com/2011/11/mason-jar-snow-globes-diy.html

    Isn’t it so much fun?! I could make snow globes all day long!

  10. Prachee 4 years ago

    so simple & lovely :)

  11. Rachel W K 4 years ago

    so. freakin. cute. i wanna play with one!

  12. I love that! So pretty. I’d love to make a bunch of them. Like a snow globe forest :)

  13. melissamevans 4 years ago

    fun! Great job :)

  14. Iva 4 years ago

    This is so simple, and I LOVE the end result! Wonderful tutorial, thank you! :)

  15. Blue Wave Glass 4 years ago

    So pretty!

  16. sylvia 4 years ago

    your snow globes look absolutely fantastic! we shared a tutorial on our blog last year on how to make some. I’ve been making snow domes for many year and i strongly recommend using more than just a dash of glycerin, but destilled water and glycerin in a ratio of 1:1 for best results!

  17. Stacie 4 years ago

    These are so cute! I love your blog! I’ve always loved those tiny prickly Christmas trees. :)

  18. TheHotGlueHangover 4 years ago

    Um love this and featuring on my blog tomorrow =)
    http://www.thehotgluehangover.com
    Natalie

  19. Anonymous 4 years ago

    Where can you buy liquid glycerine?

    • Julie Ann 3 years ago

      I got my liquid glycerin at CVS in the pharmacy section. Any drug store should have it. Ask the pharmacists if you can’t find it!

    • Stacey 3 years ago

      I went to Target and they had some but it costs $5 a jar! I tried baby oil, but that didn’t work…then I tried light corn syrup and that worked a little better…

  20. Sandra 4 years ago

    I will be making a few of these as gifts :) thank you so much for sharing this!

  21. Morris Family 4 years ago

    What do you use to seal the jar?

  22. Rachel Axelrad 4 years ago

    Cannot wait to try this!

  23. ImAprilE 4 years ago

    Who knew Mason jars could be used for things other than (blah) sauces & jams. I must try this! Thanks!

  24. Megan 4 years ago

    Your blog is amazing. I just found it and I’m kind of obsessed. I love your snow globes too! I just recently made some of my own (although not true snowglobes – no water included). http://makebakeandlove.blogspot.com/2011/12/diy-anthropologie-inspired-snow-globes.html
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. Marilyn 4 years ago

    Had to share this in my DIY Tutorials post today :)

  26. Tessa 4 years ago

    thanks for the great tutorial. where do yo find liquid glycerin? thank you!!
    tessa

    • Julie Ann 3 years ago

      I got my liquid glycerin at CVS in the pharmacy section. Any drug store should have it. Ask the pharmacists if you can’t find it!

  27. Anonymous 4 years ago

    Where do you suggest buying the figurines? Or can you make them?

    • jahcriado 3 years ago

      Craft stores tend to have a lot of miniatures for these type of projects: Hobby Lobby, Michael’s & so on. I want to know if I can use mineral oil so I can put some lights in it.

    • Julie Ann 3 years ago

      I got all of mine at Michael’s.

  28. Julie Ann 4 years ago

    I got my liquid glycerin at CVS in the pharmacy section. Any drug store should have it. Ask the pharmacists if you can’t find it!

  29. Anvita 4 years ago

    thank you soooooooo much!! a really pretty additon to my christmas collection :)

  30. SKemp 4 years ago

    I have tried 3 different glitters and they ALL float. Any suggestions?

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      mine did the same thing I added a lil more glycerin and that fixed it. Good luck.

  31. Julie Ann 4 years ago

    Hi SKemp! Maybe you are using too much glycerin? I did shake mine up a LOT in the beginning to get it to all break apart and fall.

  32. Hani@Craftionary 4 years ago

    Hi Julie Ann,
    I featured your snow globe project in the 15 DIY snow globes today.. http://craftionary.blogspot.com/2012/01/wednesday-wordplay-15-diy-snow-globes.html
    Thanks for the snowy inspiration

  33. JoyHey 4 years ago

    Lovely idea.. thanks for the inspiration! Trackback: http://blog.joyhey.com/2012/01/25/inspiration-mason-jars/

  34. wooooow very nice thank you so much :)

  35. Anonymous 3 years ago

    i am going to try this for my christmas party this year thank you very much for sharing

  36. Julia 3 years ago

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in my roundup of mason jar craft tutorials on the FaveCrafts Blog! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-mason-jar-craft-ideas/

    Have a great day!

  37. Tadria 3 years ago

    It would be cute to use baby food jars instead of the mason jars for mini snow globe, or you could make them into baby shower favors

    • Jaclyn Curler 3 years ago

      When I was a kid my mom and I made them with little plastic mini figurines out of my brother’s baby food jars. I use the plastic twin packs for my daughter, but I wish I had some jars, too, now. Might have to splurge on some lol.

  38. siempre2 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this project with us. I am going out and purchase mason jars to decorate for Thanksgiving & Christmas, GREAT IDEA!!

  39. Anonymous 3 years ago

    I try to glue it on the lid..but i doesn’t stick well :/..is there other material to put on it?

    • Clara Simone 3 years ago

      Could you try waiting longer? I think the glue needs more time. If you did that already, then use a different brand of glue. Use Elmer’s or something. My first one did not go very well….not only did I end up shaking glitter but I was also shaking a jar filled with a few hairs…I know its gross :(

  40. Katee-Leigh 3 years ago

    Did your glitter…float? I just made one, and my glitter floats. Too much glycerin/not enough glycerin?

    • Julie Ann 3 years ago

      The purpose of the glycerin is to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. If your glitter is not falling at all I would think it would be too much glycerin.

    • Katee-Leigh 3 years ago

      Aww! I’ll try and pour some of the liquid out and top it back up with just water. I only put in a splash, into a glass PB jar, but maybe I ‘splashed’ too much…

      Thanks! :) It was a fun little tutorial to do.

    • Melissa 3 years ago

      I used coarse glitter , I think it’s a little more heavy that the dust like stuff. It’s martha stewart brand, it worked well, the problem I had is the water turned green from the trees so now it’s all cloudy!

  41. Anonymous 3 years ago

    I made one of these snow globes and the dye came right off the tree figurines I used. Do you have any suggestions for what types of figurines I can use that won’t bleed?

  42. hollyanng 3 years ago

    That’s the same issue I’m having. I used the same tree in the picture. The dye made the water green. I didn’t use glycerin so maybe that’s it?

    • Anonymous 3 years ago

      I used glycerin and the water still went green.

    • Julie Ann 3 years ago

      Hi guys! I just pulled my snow globe out of my Christmas decorations box and found out that my snow globe water turned green too! I’m so bummed. Still looking for a solution. Sorry about that!

  43. Anonymous 3 years ago

    My water turned green also :( I was so bummed! Any tips would be helpful!

  44. Melanie 3 years ago

    My husband said he’s made them with mineral oil.

  45. Cozinha da Monica 3 years ago

    I love this!

  46. Donna 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Perhaps if you start with an undyed tree, then tried different types of dye to see what doesn’t fade?

  47. Sinea 3 years ago

    Just beautiful. Sorry it didn’t last past one year but it is so pretty it’s still worth making them.

  48. You could bleach the color out. I saw a pin on Pinterest where someone did that to make white trees. Maybe that would work???

  49. Kokkko_Clock 3 years ago

    Does any one know if this would work with a hot glue gun instead of epoxy?

    • TTTeena 2 years ago

      Hot glue is not waterproof. The tree could potentially de-attach and start floating. I used Gorilla Glue, works really well.

  50. A.L. Designs Jewelry 3 years ago

    This is absolutely great idea!!!! Wanna try this!!!

  51. Anonymous 3 years ago

    i made these with my class using babyfood jars and pictures i took of the students which i mounted on cardstock, glued and laminated at school. using sparkly white glitter for snow, they were adorable! i used regular tap water( why distilled?) and glycerin i ordered from amazon, a huge bottle for $11, much better price than cvs. this is a great craft, thanks for sharing!

  52. Madeline Vandergriff 2 years ago

    I would suggest if painting or cover the lid at the end to hide the “lid” a little. There are so many ways to decorate it (glitter, fabric, bows, etc.)

  53. Elaine Spack 2 years ago

    You can get little white bottle brush trees at Michael’s

  54. Kathy 2 years ago

    I LOVE THESE AND YOU MAKE FUNNY CARDS, I TRIED TO JOIN YOUR SITE, GOOGLE SAID TRY LATER!!! WHAT KIND OF GLUE DID YOU USE? I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE, ALSO THOUGHT ABOUT PUTTING A PHOTO IN ONE, NOT SURE WHAT TO PROTECT IT WITH?

  55. Kathy 2 years ago

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  56. Kristin 2 years ago

    Adorable, making these with our Girl Scout troop this week. Cant wait to see how they turn out. Thank you!

  57. TTTeena 2 years ago

    To keep the water from turning green, maybe add a drop or 2 of bleach? I made the mistake of roughing up the lid to keep the trees adhere better, the bit of exposed metal died my water a brownish yellow. Doh!

  58. Anonymous 2 years ago

    You can bleach the trees before putting them in. They will turn white. It’s possible that the RIT dye you will use to give the trees color, once set will not bleed after being set and dried.

  59. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Check with model railroaders supplies for trees. However, if you are using glycerin, it will preserve natural twigs and small plant life, often used by model railroaders for over 40 years of my life. There are model railroad “How To” books written specifically on scale plant life, using natures own produce. Worth a try when you are making scale scenery.

  60. Anonymous 2 years ago

    2013 Saw this in Southern Living Magazine and tried it. I too had the dye color transfer overnight to make green snowmen and other such silliness!!! I am looking for something that makes them colorfast! It’s a great idea and fun to do with children…. but the dye shaded the water and discolored the objects.

  61. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Has anyone else had one that went really cloudy?? I’ve changed the water 3 times and within an hour or so it goes cloudy again. Please help! My email address is hmlee1980@hotmail.com. Please feel free to email if u have any guess that might help. I know alot of people wondering about cloudy globes. Me and some friends decided to make them as gifts. I think a few will be late :(

  62. Anonymous 2 years ago

    I made some and my nephew had them now for 3 years and have not had a problem at all. I cant remember if his has a tree. I will have to look. I know it has a horse. and I used white outside chalking that made it look like piles of snow.

  63. Anonymous 12 months ago

    You can bleach green trees to make them cream colored if you want a vintage, cream colored theme.

  64. Agnik 9 months ago

    Hey I love your blog 😀 I have a question: I want to put a photo inside of the jar. What should I do to protect picture from getting wet? Is there any way to do this?

  65. Anonymous 8 months ago

    I made some of the snow globes over the years and also had trouble with the water turning gross, no matter what ratio of water and glycerin that I used. Someone finally said it’s because algae grows in the water. They suggested using a water bed algae eating treatment, if you can find it. Surely, there has to be some of that out there somewhere. I know that most people don’t have waterbeds these days, but I’m betting there are still a few of them somewhere. Good luck. : )..

  66. Anonymous 6 months ago

    to keep the water from turning green, try buy the plastic kind of tiny trees. most craft stores have them. hobby shops that specialize in train sets also have them. and we all know that plastic does not rot, change color or disintegrate for eons

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