I love making a new Christmas ornament craft each year and this year is no different! Last year I bought several inexpensive glass canisters and put fake snow in them and created my own “Christmas Village” of sorts from these Christmas scenes. I think they are so magical and my kids do too!
So, I got the bright idea to do the same thing, only with smaller glass jars and teeny little figurines. I grabbed some of my jelly jars from my stash and headed over to Hobby Lobby’s dollhouse section to see what I could find. I really wanted some mini deer, which I found that are teeny tiny, but I found some other cool things as well. (I didn’t see these mini street lamps while I was there, but they would have been cute, too!)
When I got home and started to make my craft, I realized that the patterned glass on the jelly jars was going to make it difficult to see what’s inside. I could have used regular mason jars, but then I realized that I had several burned candles from my favorite candle store just waiting for the perfect craft.
I cleaned those up using their tutorial and they worked out perfectly! I’m so glad I saved them and yay for being able to reuse the candle jars!
Note: After I started making my “snow globe” ornaments, my memory was jogged and I remembered that the girls at Antique Candle Co. had done almost the same exact craft with their old jars with the exact truck I found at Hobby Lobby. I guess I had either tucked it back in my subconscious or great minds think alike because I totally forgot about their craft until after I started making my own with the candle jars. They made the cutest fall “snow globe” as well, yet chose not to make theirs ornaments. Which you could do this either way – as an ornament or just decor.
Supplies You Will Need to Make a Mason Jar “Snow Globe” Ornament
- Mini Tractor and Truck
- Mini Reindeer
- Mini Winter Wreath
- Miniature Bottle Brush Trees
- Mason Jars (I used my old candle jars, but these would probably work well too.)
- Fake snow (or Epsom’s Salt in a pinch)
- Large nail
- Hot glue gun & hot glue
- Jute or string
- Ribbon, optional
How to Make Mason Jar “Snow Globe” Ornaments
Step 1. Choose your mason jars and clean them up, if needed.
I started out with some mini jelly jars, because I thought the smaller size would lend itself better to an ornament. But then I realized I needed a clear sided jar. And I had these leftover candle jars that were perfect. The large size is a 16 oz. jar and the small is a 8 oz. jar. I found these on Amazon that looked like they’d work well, too.
Step 2. Hammer a nail through the center of the lid and run a piece of jute or string through the top to make a hook.
Step 3. Choose your miniature pieces and hot glue them inside on the bottom of the mason jars.
I didn’t want my miniature pieces to move once I got the snow in place, to I glued them down. Since there will be a “blanket” of snow on the ground, you don’t want to sit everything flush to the jar. I glued a small piece of cork to the underneath side of the truck in order to make it stand up out of snow a little bit. I did the same for the deer who was laying down.
I also cut the top of the miniature tree off and glued it into the bed of the truck.
Step 4. Add “snow” and some glitter if you want to.
Fill in the bottom quarter inch with “snow” and make it look like a winter wonderland!
I added some large glitter to the truck and tree ornament, which was cute. I found the glitter in Target’s dollar section.
Step 5. Close the jar with the lid and add a bow if you want!
That’s it! Something super simple for your tree and it’s so stinkin’ cute!
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