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Snow Scene in a Jar Snow Globe

What you will make:

Whether it snows where you live or not, you can have wintertime fun by making a snow globe  from a jar with a wintry snow scene inside. All it takes is a few plastic toys, rocks, glue, glitter and water to turn a small jar into a winter wonderland where a gentle shake makes it snow.

This is a great project for family craft time, with plenty of opportunity for creativity. The hot glue gun or epoxy adhesive should be handled by an adult or teen. When doing this craft with a group, be sure to have one adult or teen per two or three children.

Here's what you need:
  • Small empty jar
  • Hot glue gun and glue for glass (E6000)
  • Small plastic animal toy
  • White rocks, large pieces of gravel, plastic trees, etc. for snowy scene
  • Tweezers
  • Glitter (coarse/larger flakes work best)
  • Water and pitcher or measuring cup
  • Optional: Epoxy glue or strong adhesive formulated for glass, glycerin, ribbon, cloth, rubber band, food coloring

This project is rated AVERAGE to do. (Kids need help with hot glue gun.)

How to Make a Snow Scene in a Jar Snow Globe

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Gather the materials needed for making the snowy jar. Remove any cardboard from the jar lid, and wash and dry the jar and lid. Be sure that the plastic animal fits in the jar with room for other scenery items. Test whether your glue will stick to glass underwater by gluing an item inside of a jar, filling it with water and shaking.

Tip: The project can be done in one session with a hot glue gun. Epoxy or other glass adhesives are more durable, but require good ventilation and time to cure between steps.

Step 2: Design Scene

Think about how you want your scene to look. Lay out the items on the table and experiment with arrangements. Place the plastic animal in the jar, along with the white rocks and any other items you have selected. Does everything fit? How does it look from various directions?

Step 3: Glue Scene in Jar

Following the instructions for the glue gun or adhesive, glue the scenery items to the bottom of the jar. Be sure to first glue items that should be under other items in the jar.

Tip: Use tweezers to place items inside jars with narrow necks, or to handle small items.

Step 4: Add Glitter and Water

Fill the jar with water and enough glitter to make a snowy scene without burying your scenery items. For a small jar, ½ tablespoon of glitter should be enough, but larger jars may require 1 or 2 tablespoons. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water if you like.

Tip: For best results, use distilled water or water that has been boiled and cooled. This will help prevent clouding of the water. Also, use large glitter and a few drops of glycerin for the best snowing effect. Fine glitter tends to clump and drop too fast.

Step 5: Glue Lid on Jar

To glue the lid to the jar and make a watertight seal, run a bead of glue around the inside of the lid and/or the threads of the jar. Tighten the lid down and wipe any excess glue away. Let the glue set/cure fully before shaking the jar.

Tip: If there are any leaks, dry the jar and apply more glue or a waterproof caulk between the rim of the lid and the jar.

That's it! Now give your jar a shake!
Snow globe with snow falling

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Thanks to...

Thanks to Susan Teel for sharing this craft idea with Aunt Annie's Craft Exchange in 1995.

Susan noted, "In Alaska, we expect our first snowfall somewhere around the first week of October. If you don't get any snow in your area, you can still make your own snow scene."

Shake the jar to make it snow

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Tip: Shake the jar gently to make it snow.

Decorate the top of the jar with stones glued in place.

Use any shape of jar for your snow scene—a square one like this or a round one like the one below.

Cover top of jar with cloth circle

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Tip: Cut a circle of fabric and secure it over the jar's lid with a rubber band.

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