Kids will love this making this Christmas Mason Jar Snow Globe with twinkling lights and falling snow! One of our favorite Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids!
Christmas Lights Snow Globe
Who else is already excited for Christmas?!
The weather finally turned cool here in Texas, so I’m feeling that itch to get out the decorations. Since it’s not even November yet, I’ll settle for making Christmas crafts!
My daughters love snow globes and will play with them and all of our Christmas decorations for hours on end. In fact, I think our Christmas snow globes spend more time off the shelves than on them!
We made this Falling Leaves “Snow” Globe using a mason jar and it turned out so beautifully that we decided to make another mason jar snow globe for Christmas!
Our DIY Christmas Snow Globe is meant for kids to make — I actually love that it doesn’t look “perfect” because it adds to the charm!
Our inspiration is an outdoor Christmas tree, with a dusting of snow and Christmas lights. You could even add mini wildlife figurines to the mix!
If you place your Christmas snow globe in front of a light source (like real Christmas lights), it twinkles and the charms appear to really light up! So pretty!
What You Need to Make a Mason Jar Snow Globe
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- Large mason jar (quart size)*
- Tree branch/twig from your backyard
- White nail polish or water-resistant paint
- Christmas light charms
*TIP: If small kids will be making or playing with this DIY Christmas snow globe, you might consider using a plastic jar (like this one) instead of glass.
How to Make a Snow Globe in a Mason Jar
First, watch the quick video tutorial to see how we made our DIY Christmas snow globe, then keep reading for full photo step-by-step directions.
Click on the video below to play tutorial:
Collect a small tree branch from your yard. Make sure it’s clean, without any peeling or loose pieces of bark that might cloud up your bottle with debris.
Trim the twig to fit inside your mason jar. Test to make sure that it fits (with the lid closed) before attaching with glue.
Once you’ve sized your twig, add a large drop of hot glue on the middle of the bottom side of your mason jar lid. Stand your tree branch in the middle of the glue and hold until it is set.
Use water-resistant white craft paint or white nail polish to apply a rough coat to your twig. It’s ok if there is not perfect coverage — it’s supposed to look like tree branches covered in snow.
When your tree twig is securely attached to your mason jar lid, attach Christmas light charms to the branches with hot glue. Allow glue to dry completely.
Fill mason jar with water (if using a quart jar this will be about 4 cups), then add the glycerin (I used a little over ½ cup).
Mix together with a spoon then add a bunch of the confetti and snowflakes to the jar. Swirl around with a spoon and if the confetti immediately sinks to the bottom then add a bit more glycerin. The glycerin is what will make the snowflakes fall slowly.
Flip your lid upside down and carefully slide the branch into your water-filled mason jar. If the liquid looks like it may overflow, you can drain a bit, however you want your jar to be as full as possible so there won’t be large air bubbles.
TIP: Once you’re sure that you’ve got your Christmas Snow Globe just the way you want it, glue the lid shut to prevent leaks.
Have fun watching the snow swirl and lights twinkle!
Tips for Making a Snow Globe with a Mason Jar
- This Christmas snow globe is so soothing to play with — it would make an excellent holiday themed sensory bottle! Sensory bottles are wonderful for relaxation for both kids and adults.
- If small kids will be playing with your Christmas snow globe, you might consider using a plastic jar instead of glass.
Did you make our DIY Christmas snow globe? I’d love to hear if you had any ideas to customize your snow globe and make it unique!
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