Yesterday during a short burst of craftiness, I made a snow globe using a Mason jar. From start to finish, this handmade snow globe took less than thirty minutes which included scrubbing clean the Mason jar which contained oily, congealed, leftover Thanksgiving salad dressing inside.
Last year, Annabelle gnawed the base off the tiny white Christmas tree (pictured below). Since I couldn’t throw it away, it’s been waiting for the perfect project. I’ve had the miniature snowman candle since my children sold wrapping paper and other stuff no one needed during school fundraisers in the early 1990s. Not kidding.
Step One. Secure embellishments to the jar lid using a hot glue gun. Use whatever you have on hand. I used the snowman candle and tree. (I added a tiny piece of berry garland to my tree – visible in the last picture.)
Step Two. Add snow. I used a combination of granulated sugar and…wait for it…wait for it………..GRITS! Yep. (You can use that cool fake snow sold at craft stores, but I improvised. Plus, I’m partial to grits…) And I added a sprinkle of red glitter which served no purpose, and I would omit next time.
It looked pretty cute on my windowsill, and I considered stopping there, but then I would have made a snow lid instead of a snow globe. Not that there’s anything wrong with a snow lid.
Step Three. Screw the jar onto the lid. I did this backwards, but it worked. Next time, I’ll glue my embellishments onto the lid, pour my snow into the jar instead of the lid, screw the lid on and flip upside down. But whatever. It’s meant to be shaken, so no biggie.
Step Four. I glued a little festive decoration on top because once I start with the hot glue gun, I can’t leave well enough alone.
Step Five. Shake it up. Watch the snow (grits – heehee) fall. Admire the marshmallow world you’ve created. Gift it to a friend or keep it for yourself.
Mr. Snowman does look a bit freaked to be in there, doesn’t he? Bless his heart.
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P.S. I discovered through the wonderful world of Instagram, my friend Busvlogger and his adorable kids made snow globes yesterday too. If you don’t know about Busvlogger and his YouTube videos, you are truly missing out. He is a stay-at-home dad who shares his daily adventures with wit and charm. Check out his snow globe project below. He shows how to do this with children (sans hot glue). You are very welcome.
A Marshmallow World – Frank Sinatra / Dean Martin
Dorothy Johnson says
You are full cute projects. This would be a great way for me to preserve some little ornaments I treasure that are no longer hang-able.
Talya Tate Boerner says
I really want to make more. I agree, it’s a great way to preserve treasures.
I love it! And I love that idea of using grits. It gave great texture to the snow and such a personal touch for you.
Talya Tate Boerner says
thanks! Love me some grits:)