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
- 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.
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
- 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!
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