Whether you're shopping early or late, handmade snow globes are one of the most rustic and versatile crafts you can make. The best part is that snow globes can be themed any way you like.
- Glass jar with lid,
- Plastic figurines to make a scene inside the jar,
- Distilled water,
- Fine glitter of any color you'd like,
- Epoxy glue (waterproof).
First things first, you'll need to pick out your jar. Any empty jar with a lid will do, from baby food jars, to pickle jars and mason jars. The jar you pick out will dictate the figurines you choose since they will have to fit on the inside of your lid. That's why it's nice to have a little more lid space by using a wide-mouthed jar.
Quick Tip: For evergreen figurines, wash off excess green by placing your trees in a jar of water and shaking it. Do this several times, replacing the water each time, until the water remains clear after shaking.
Once you're all set with a jar and figurines, it's easy to put everything together. Glue the figurines to the inside of your jar lid. Follow the instructions on your glue and make sure that it's completely dry before moving forward.
Add as much glitter as you'd like to your empty glass jar. Then fill the jar with distilled water, making sure to leave a little room since the water will displace once you add your figurines. Add just a drop or two of glycerin to the water. This will ensure your glitter falls evenly when the snow globe is shaken.
Quick Tip: You can practice making the water/glitter/glycerin combination before putting it in your final jar.
One your water is set and your vignette is completely dry, go ahead and place your lid on the jar. For the moment, your figurines will be upside down. If you're using a mason jar, make sure you add the rim and tighten it well.
Quick Tip: You can adjust the water level in your jar as needed by reopening the jar and adding small amounts.
Once you're satisfied with your water level and the lid has been tightened, turn your jar upside down with the lid on the bottom. Your snow globe vignette will be right-side-up and you can shake the jar to create a snowy scene.
The beauty of handmade snow globes is the unending possibilities they present. You can use any water-tight jar you'd like and make your jars Christmas-themed or winter-themed so they can be displayed through the cold months. Enjoy making these rustic decorations!