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DIY Snow Globe Tutorial

DIY mason jar snow globe tutorial. Super easy, super crafty Christmas decor idea and a great project to do with kids!| MakeAndDoCrew.com
As I mentioned in the post about McCall’s awesome Christmas decorations, we made some pretty fun winter dioramas when she was visiting a little while ago and today I’m going to show you how to make them too. We were inspired by these “snow globes” at Athropologie. Super charming, but unsurprisingly, waaaaaaay overpriced at $18-39.

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We knew we could figure out a way to make DIY snow globes for a couple bucks each. Although Anthro’s are sweet and simple, we decided to make ours a little more quirky by adding some fun plastic toys.


DIY mason jar snow globe tutorial. Super easy, super crafty Christmas decor idea and a great project to do with kids!| MakeAndDoCrew.com
How to make Anthropologie knockoff snow globes with mason jars and salt. Easy and inexpensive Christmas gift idea. Click to see full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com How to make Anthropologie knockoff snow globes with mason jars and salt. Easy and inexpensive Christmas gift idea. Click to see full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
These winter dioramas are a perfect diy gift idea for neighbors, friends at the office or perhaps best of all, YOURSELF! Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

1. A variety of jars. We used small mason jars, salt and pepper shakers, jars from baby food and a couple thrifted jars too.

DIY mason jar snow globe tutorial. Super easy, super crafty Christmas decor idea and a great project to do with kids!| MakeAndDoCrew.com
2. Trees and winter shrubbery. The trees are available at Michael’s and are sold individually and in a large pack of 20, which is what we bought. (If nothing else, we’re ambitious.) Pine cones are a great alternative to trees, although you need a pretty wide mouth jar to make them work.

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3. Toys! These are from Michael’s, but you could find something similar at Target or Walmart. I also picked up some mini Christmas lights and candy canes to glue in the hands of some of my toys to give my snow globes a more festive feeling.

DIY mason jar snow globe tutorial. Super easy, super crafty Christmas decor idea and a great project to do with kids!| MakeAndDoCrew.com
4. Salt. We overestimated how much “snow” we’d need. (The salt was only 40 cents a container at Walmart, so it wasn’t much of a risk.)

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5. A pretty fabric for the bottom of your mason jars. (If you use baby food jars or other non-mason jars, you may want to paint the lids. We used white spray paint on ours.)

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6. (Not pictured) Foam core or cardboard to boost the trees up in the jars. We picked up foam core at Dollar Tree.

7. (Not pictured) A hot glue gun. Or if you’re doing this with kiddos, Tacky Glue and a Christmas movie to watch while it dries.

Okay, let’s get started! Put your tree in your jar to see how well it’s going to fit. In many cases, you’ll need a foam core “booster seat” to prop it up high enough that the lid isn’t covering too much of the tree. If your tree is drowning in your jar, cut a few circles that are small enough to fit in your jar lid and glue them together. Then glue your stack of foam core into the lid of your jar. This is also a good time to glue your fabric to the lid of your jar if you’re using a mason jar.

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Now it’s time to plant the tree in it’s new home. Glue that puppy straight to the stack of foam core you’ve created. In some cases, you may want to remove the base of the tree and poke its trunk straight into the foam core with a dollop of glue.

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If you’re adding toys in your forest, glue them in now too.

Time to make it snow!

Like I said, it took us a bit of experimentation to figure out how much salt we needed in each jar. When it doubt, err on the side of less. It can become quite a blizzard before you know it. Now just screw that lid on and you’ve got a cute little winter diorama.

DIY mason jar snow globe tutorial. Super easy, super crafty Christmas decor idea and a great project to do with kids!| MakeAndDoCrew.comHow to make Anthropologie knockoff snow globes with mason jars and salt. Easy and inexpensive Christmas gift idea. Click to see full tutorial. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
I’ve decided to show some “behind the scenes” action of more of my projects, since often all you see on blogs is beautiful shots of the finished product. So if you’re an anti-mess sort of person, you might want to stop reading right now. For those of you who aren’t, here’s what our DIY snow globe workshop looked like mid-project.

craft mess at MakeAndDoCrew.com!
I hope you enjoy your winter dioramas. McCall and I learned that anything looks cute if you put it in a jar with some “snow,” so get creative with your winter scapes. There’s no wrong answer!

18 Comments

  • Jamie
    December 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

    i love these! they are soo cute, and look easy-ish to make. i love my pink sparkly tree!

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    • Make and Do Girl
      December 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      No one deserves a sparkly pink anything more than you, Jame. Glad you like it.

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  • mom
    December 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Looks like all that practice in elementary school is paying off!! Very cute. I like the jars way better than a shoe box.

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  • Mandy
    January 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I may have forgotten to mention in the excitement of receiving one of these gorgeous little pieces of craft genius, that Diorama is one of my favorite words. Miss you!!
    CV

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    • Make and Do Girl
      January 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Me too! And the opportunities to use it as far too limited!

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  • amber
    November 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    This is by far the best tutorial I have seen! Super easy for us lazy crafters since it doesn’t have the water, etc in it. I’m really glad I found this before heading to the craft store, the foam board thing is way smart! I would have been so bummed once I started the project otherwise! Especially this close the the craziness of the shopping season! 🙂

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    • Make and Do Girl
      November 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Hey Amber, I’m so glad you found it helpful. I can’t wait to set up my little snow globes again this year (just as soon as Thanksgiving has it’s proper moment in the sun!) Good luck!

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  • Autumn
    November 29, 2012 at 4:52 am

    These are the BEST! This is also the best explanation I have found on the internet. Thank you so much!

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  • Jennifer
    November 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for all your ideas

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  • Chris Jeffries
    December 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    So these snow globes don’t have the snowing effect right? Just looks like they already snowed?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 11, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      You got it! 😉

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      • Chris Jeffries
        December 18, 2017 at 10:34 am

        Do you know of any way to make the snowing effect happen? That would be really cool!

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