October 17, 2011

DIY Holiday Craft - Mason Jar Snowglobes


Easy DIY craft... All you need is a jar with lid, super glue, glitter and water.
Oh, and something cute to put inside :)



I absolutely love this craft idea! DIY Christmas and holiday snowglobes in mason jars and vintage glass jars. You can find many small Christmas items at your local craft store in the Christmas village accessories area.  Also, for very inexpensive cute little Christmas figurines, try your local $1.00 or 99 cent store (they actually have several cute items to choose from, snowmen, santas, christmas trees, etc.). Use a waterproof glue (super glue) to adhere items to metal lid or twine to hang items from cork lids. Have fun and be creative making your own one of a kind decorations. These make a great project to do with the kids and they make wonderful gifts!

Another great suggestion I recently came across is to glue a lego to the inside of the lid and one to the main item (figurine) that you want in the bottle... That way you can change out the figurine to anything you want whenever you desire, or for each holiday, just by having a connecting lego on each item.

If you are wondering where to get jars, I have included links below to mason jars by the case. They come in variable sizes are very reasonably priced. Happy crafting!



     
                        
                  

29 comments:

  1. Hi Diana. I love this idea and was wondering, how long do you have to wait to add the water to the jar after gluing the items inside?? This is a great idea and I want to let the girls across the street make them before Christmas. Thanks so much an could you email me at jewelrybydeanna@yahoo.com if write back so I make sure and get it. Thanks, DeAnna

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    1. Hey Deanna. It depends on what glue you use. I like Gorilla glue super glue. I dries fast and you can get it at most hardware stores. You can put water in the next day... Probably sooner, but I would wait just to make sure it is completely dry. An adult should definitely do the glueing for any younger kids! Kids and super glue probably don't mix too well :) Blessings! Diana

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    2. How do u keep the decorations in the jar from falling apart? Is the snow painted on the inside or outside of the jar?

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    3. You have to use decorations that can handle water... Like items that are made from all plastic...

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  2. what is the snow made from

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    1. White craft glitter... and also it is best to used distilled water with a few drops of glycerin in the water to make the snow/glitter fall more slowly.

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  3. I've always wanted to do this craft, I think this year will be a good year to do that. Thanks for recreating idea I've been want to do.

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  4. Where do u get the glycerin from?

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    1. You can get Wilton brand glycerin from both Joanns or Michaels Craft stores in the cake/candy decorating aisle. You can also order it online via Amazon.com. I hope that helps.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  5. Hi Diana, Was just wondering if you shoulf glue the lid on?

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    1. Robin, Mason Jars have a rubber inner seal, so as long as the lids are put on tight they shouldn't leak. However, a waterproof glue seal probably wouldn't hurt either. I would just leave them on a kitchen counter or something the first night to make sure they don't leak, before putting them onto furniture. Hope that helps :)

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  6. Hi Diana,

    I'm so excited to make this craft! I love snow globes and have 3 mason jars of different sizes to use. This is the list of items that I gather from reading your comments:

    mason jars
    plastic figures
    glycerin(a few drops into water in jar)
    gorilla super glue
    white glitter

    Is there anything that I am missing?

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    1. That sounds like everything... I hope you have fun making them :) Blessings, Diana

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    2. Thank you. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  7. We are making these for a class of 20 today! We used a glue gun as opposed to the gorilla glue and the snowmen are holding in water - I would highly recommend the glue-gun! I will post some pics and let you know how it went. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

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  8. Hi Diana!

    We are making these today for a class of 20 kids! We pre-glued the styrofoam snowmen on to the mason lids with a glue gun - used thread spools cut in 1/2 and painted black for the hats and are using push pins with colorful tops to decorate - also scarves made of ribbon, and of course a peppermint ribbon with a name tag on the bottom! I will send pics of the kids work after they decorate their snowmen!

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  9. Can you paint the jar to look like snow??

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    1. I've never tried it so I'm not sure how it would look. I did make waterless snow globes with a tutorial on my blog. You can visit them (copy and paste the link below into your address bar)

      http://anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/2012/11/mason-jar-snow-globes-anthropologie.html

      Blessings,
      Diana

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  10. Love this post and definitely want to try!! I have a question though. In one of the pics you have it shows that the figurines are on some sort of white bottom as a support? Just wondering what you used for the white part on the bottom. Thanks! ~ Kim Williams

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  11. Hey Kim, when I did this post I was sharing the idea, but the waterglobes weren't made by me. So I'm not sure what they used.

    I did make waterless snow globes last year. The trees I used did have a white base. You can see them here: (copy and paste address) http://anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/2012/11/mason-jar-snow-globes-anthropologie.html

    I hope that helps..

    Blessings,
    Diana

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  12. I made my daughter a calming jar with glitter glue and water. The glitter falls slowly because of the glue element. Do you think this would work with a snowglobe?

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    1. If the glue worked for your first jar, I imagine it would work for this too. Another option is using glycerin added to the water.

      Blessings,
      Diana

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  13. Does the figurine(s) have to be plastic or can it be glass/metal??
    Going to make one for a gift!!

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    1. Anything that can hold up to being in water should work.

      Diana

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  14. How did your trees hold up over time? All of the trees I'm finding in the train/Christmas village section seem to be made of Se type of foam material and I'm worried that it won't hold up submerged in liquid.
    Thanks!

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    1. When I made them I used bottle brush trees. These are made from the same scrubbers that are used on bottle brush cleaners (scrubbers) so they hold up fine in water.

      I would not trust something made of foam! Many village pieces I've found are made from plastic, I hope you can find something that will work.

      Best regards,
      Diana

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  15. Is there something else I shouldbuse instead of a hot glue gun. All my items seem to come unglued.

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    1. You need to use a waterproof glue. Your local craft store or home improvement store each sell a few versions. I believe both superglue and Rhino glue have waterproof versions. They say waterproof on their labels. Best regards, Diana

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  16. Thanks for responding to all of the questions. This makes this post so much reliable of a craft post. Which is why I pinned it. :-)

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I love all of your comments and I read every one... I'd love to hear from you!

Blessings,
Diana