For Day 3 of my MAKE IT MERRY: 25 Days of Maker Projects Christmas, I bring you a quick and easy DIY gift idea. I love to give “gift in a jar” presents, and this is a fun way to make your jars extra special. These cute little snow globe top Mason jars don’t have water in them—they’re just faux snow and decorations! And if you prefer, you can make them with paper flowers and glitter, like this rose gold glitter globe I made. These snow globe top Mason jars are simple project and it makes a wonderful, unique gift jar!
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Materials for Snow Globe Top Mason Jars
- Mason jars of various sizes (I got mine from Michaels and the dollar store—I found some with 3″/80mm lids and some with 3.5″/90 mm lids)
- Clear plastic ornament balls that open in half (get them to match your lids—I got 3″/80 mm ones and 3.5″/90mm ones)
- Faux snow (for the snow globe)
- Chunky glitter (for the glitter globe)
- Decorations (here’s how to make the paper rose)
- Paper and pencil
- Glue gun and hot glue
How to Make the Snow Globe Top Mason Jars
Make a note of where your lid is when it’s fully screwed on and mark the front point with a pencil. This is useful if you’re trying to match up a decoration and/or bow with the front of the jar.
Take the lid off the jar and trace its shape onto your paper, then cut it out. I used white cardstock for the snow globe jars and gold glitter for the glitter globe jars.
Attach the paper to the top of the jar with hot glue.
Note: If you have the ring-type Mason jars, remove the insert, glue the paper to the insert, and put it back into the ring.
Tip: Transfer your pencil mark to your paper so identify the front of your lid.
Glue on your decorations, paying attention to where the front of your lid is (which you marked earlier). I used a red sled, little Christmas tree, and tiny presents for my snow globes. My glitter globe has a tiny pink rose. You can learn how to make the paper rose (Design #67) here.
Make sure any glue strands are removed from your decorations. I’m referring to those little cobwebby things that can appear when you’re using hot glue. If you get them and don’t remove them, your snow or glitter will stick to them and look funny! (Ask me how I know.)
Pour a good portion (maybe 1/8 of a cup) of faux snow or chunk glitter into the center of your lid, right on top of the decorations. Try to keep it centered in there as much as you can for now.
Open your clear ornament so there are two halves. Note that there’s a little plastic tab. I recommend you put that either in the front or the back of your jar, as it will look nicer.
Put hot glue around the outer top edge of your lid and press half of one clear ornament into the glue, making sure it is centered on top of the lid. Press and hold for a minute while the glue cools and sets.
Glue and tie decorations around the rim. You may or may not want to hide any glue that formed at the edge where the plastic meets the lid, depending on how neatly it went on and how much you used. If it got messy, the ribbon helps to hide it.
Tip: To tie a bow so it looks pretty, tie it from the top as I’m doing in the photo below—this encourages the little tails to hang down, instead of at weird angles.
Fill up your jar, screw on your snow globe or glitter globe top, and your’e done!
I love these snow globe tops, but my favorite is the rose gold glitter globe that I’m going to use for my Pink Himalayan Bath Salts (get the recipe here). It can sit out on the counter all year round and look pretty!
If you make this snow globe top Mason jar or the glitter globe version, please let me know! Share a photo with me at [email protected].com or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.
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