How to Make Totally Precious DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

Squee! I just think these mason jar snow globes are the most darling things. Shout out to Michaela Noelle Designs for the fabu project idea.

Here’s what you’ll need: mason jars, masking tape, flocking or glittery spray paint, fake snow, fake trees, hot glue, and glitter if you like (I like)

How to make them: All you need to make one is to tape off the middle section of a mason jar, leaving bands at the top and bottom to spray with flocking or whiteish glitter paint. Hot glue a fake tree onto the bottom of the mason jar lid, and glue some fake snow around it so you can’t see it when the tree is in place.

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

Rachel in hot glue (and wine) mode

Fill the mason jar with some snow (and a sparing amount of glitter if you like), and then set the lid in the jar and fasten with the screw-on piece. You can add some glitter to make it look like the snow is glistening. Et voila!

I attempted this with a friend, Rachel, a couple hours before a dinner party at my place on the first night of Hanukkah. (Speaking of: These globes are nice and nondenominational as seasonal decor, IMO.) In general, it’s probably a bad idea to start a craft project before a dinner party because, you know, you might turn your attention away from things in the oven and on the stove that might dry out ever so. Oh, and if you start spray painting outside in the last few minutes of daylight — well, the result is a fairly (ahem) rustic look. But I have too many work-week deadlines these days to afford the luxury of non-multitasking on the weekends, so here we are. Anyway, given all that, I think the result was a great success! Which speaks to how easy and satisfying this little project is.

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

A creepy perspective in which I look like I have a giant Godzilla hand shoving a tree into a jar! (This photo also fails to capture accurately my new favorite winter mani go-to: a dark, shimmery Essie emerald that I think is called Dive Bar.)

Rachel brought over a bunch of mason jars. I’d done the shopping for the mini trees separately, and since I didn’t know exactly the size of the jars, I bought an array of sizes to cover our bases. They all kind of worked. However, we agreed, that we liked best the jars that contained one medium and one small tree, or just two small trees for a sweet diminutive look. We liked least the jars that each contained one large tree.

Another word of warning: Rachel and I are two of the most glitter-inclined people I know. (This is probably one reason I like her.) So we were a little heavy handed with pouring the sparkly stuff in the jars. If you use too much, you’ll find the glitter will actually eclipse the inside of the glass, so just be sparing.

As for the cost, Michaela Noelle Designs suggested she made hers for about $5.50 a pop, and ours were probably around $8. Those little trees were crazy expensive in L.A. I’d buy them online next time now that I know just what to look for.

Bonus pro tip: Pour yourself a delightful glass of wine because it’s the holidays and because you are a remarkable woman and you totally deserve it.


PS: Here are a couple more fun mason jar DIY decor ideas if you are inspired.

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  • Reply Jazmin December 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    These are great! I made some. Here are a few adjustments to make it less expensive: save jars(from spaghetti sauce, pickles, or just get some from people who don’t need them) I had a friend giving some away, I bought little trees from Walmart for $1-$2. They also come in bags with several different sizes for $9.99.

    p.s. Thanks for the tip on the sparkles. I tend to overdue it 🙂


    • Reply Alice December 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Great money-saving (and environmentally friendly) idea on reusing jars, Jazmin! I’ll try that next time. Happy holidays!

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