We get white Christmases sometimes here in Chicago, but even if you don’t get snow this year, you can make your own snowy scene with a simple DIY snow globe! It’s such an easy project, and it’s a great one to get kids involved in; my daughter loved picking out miniatures to go inside the snow globe, and she loves shaking it and watching the “snow” settle. Today I’m going to show you how to make a snow globe out of a mason jar in just a few minutes!
If you’re worried about the liquid in this DIY snow globe, you can always make a snowy scene on a mason jar that’s lit by candles instead!
How To Make A Snow Globe
- Time spent doing stuff: 5 minutes
- Time spent waiting around: 5 minutes
- Total project time: 10 minutes
- mason jar
- miniature figurines
- fast drying waterproof adhesive (I like E6000)
NOTE: It doesn’t matter what size mason jar you use for this project; just make sure it’s big enough to fit your miniature figurines inside. When you fill the jar with water, for every cup of water you will need 2-3 teaspoons of glycerine, so if you have a really big jar, make sure you have enough glycerine.
Start by cleaning your mason jar with soap and water to remove any dirt or oils. Grab the flat part of the lid and dry it off really well with a paper towel.
Using waterproof glue, attach the miniature figurines to the underside of the lid. Make sure you attach them to the underside so that they will go into the mason jar when the lid is replaced!
Set the lid and figurines aside so the glue can dry.
Fill your mason jar with water.
Add 2-3 teaspoons of glycerine per cup of water in your mason jar. The exact amount doesn’t matter too much, so feel free to estimate if you want; you want enough that it helps the glitter “float” a little bit, but not so much that the glitter just clumps up in a mound at the bottom of the jar.
Add a little bit of glitter to the jar and stir it all up! A little glitter goes a long way; you don’t need more than a shake or two or your jar will be too “snowy” to see the scene inside.
Once the glue attaching your figurines to the lid is dry, add a little more glue around the seal of the lid, then flip the lid upside down and place it on the jar, putting the figurines into the water.
Wiggle the lid a little bit to really get the glue spread out around the whole seal, then replace the metal ring portion of the lid. Screw the ring down tight!
Wait a few more minutes for the glue to really set so that your snow globe is watertight, then you can flip your mason jar upside down and you have your very own snow globe!
If you want to make it snow, gently turn the jar right side up again, then flip it back over and the glitter will float around, like it’s snowing!
AJ absolutely LOVES watching it “snow” inside the jar. I showed her how to gently flip it over to make it snow, and now she can do it all by herself (which is the best part when you’re two years old!)
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