If your house is still not decorated for Christmas or you still have a few more people left to buy Christmas gifts for, it’s time to put on your crafty tool belt and get creative. Today, I will be showing you a festive DIY that will put anyone in the Christmas spirit. These “No Water Mason Jar Snow Globes” are super easy to make even for those who don’t have a crafty bone in their body. Display these mason jars all around your home or wrap them up and give them out to family and friends. Whatever you do with them, you will have people asking “where did you get them and how much did they cost.” But it will be our secret that it actually took only a few cheap supplies and a couple minutes to make these Christmas wonderland mason jars.
- Small Christmas themed figurines or ornaments
- Small (pint sized) mason jars
- Glue gun
- Fake snow
- Iridescent glitter
- Decorative ribbon
First, go through your collection of small Christmas inspired figurines or ornaments. You can buy these type of Christmas figurines or tiny ornaments anywhere from a craft store to a thrift store or who knows what you might have lying around in a box in the attic filled with last year’s Christmas decorations.
Next, put together a little Christmas scene with your figurines. Usually no more than 2 figurines fit in the mason jar, so I would pick a bigger, statement-like piece. For me it was the teddy bear and then a smaller accent piece like this North Pole sign or even one of those Christmas trees.
Then, warm up your hot glue gun and apply a good amount of glue on the edges of your figurines. I had to first glue the bear and sign together to make it one piece so it would be easier to place, but I found this is not necessary. You can easily plop the pieces in the mason jar separately.
Now, this is where I got innovative. I wish I had a pair of longer tweezers because that would help me hold the figurines together to place on the bottom of the mason jar, but leave it to my mom to give me a nutcracker with tape on the edges to make it less slippery. It did the job because my hands were a little too big to put inside the jar to stick the figurines down. If your hands are tiny weeny and can fit all the way in the mason jar, you are lucky! But if you need a little assistance, I recommend a pair of tweezers, pliers, or get creative and use whatever you have around the house, like a nutcracker.
When you get your little ornaments to stick, I would gently press them down to make sure they aren’t going anywhere.
Next, it’s time to make a winter wonderland inside of your mason jar by pouring some of this fake snow in a cup and then carefully coating the bottom of your mason jar. Use as much snow as you want or like (we all know how much I hate snow) so I only applied a small coating but just enough to lightly coat the bottom of the mason jar.
To make the snow sparkle, generously sprinkle iridescent glitter all over the inside of the jar. Unlike with snow, you can never have enough sparkle.
Now, put the cap back on your mason jar. I decided to leave out the middle part of the cap, because I want a little light to shine through the jar, but it’s up to whether or not you want to seal your jar completely up.
Finally, we don’t want only the inside of the mason jar to be the center of attention. S o, I decided to tie a cute little bow around the lid of the jar. I chose this Christmas decorative trim which features this red and white stripe candy cane like pattern, but you can choose whatever color or ribbon your heart desires.
And that’s it! Sure, this is not a “real” snow globe because it’s missing the water, but who has time for an extra step or extra mess. These jars still resemble that authentic snow globe feel to me, but the best part is they are a whole lot easier to make.
There’s no better time to DIY than the holiday season. Let me know in the comments below what you think about this craft or if you have any other fun holiday crafts. If you are looking for more holiday DIY inspiration, check out my wine cork reindeer craft from last year. Remember, if you try out this craft don’t forget to tweet me a picture of your mason jars waterless snow globes. Happy holidays!