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12 Days of Holiday Crafts, Day 6: Snow Globes!

This might be my favorite of the 12 Days projects (there are still great projects coming up, don’t you worry). I love repurposing vintage Christmas decorations and using jars from the cupboard. The project is extremely simple and the results are unique and fun.

You will need:

  • clean jars with water-tight lids
  • distilled water
  • glycerin
  • white glitter or mica
  • epoxy
  • vintage holiday knick knacks

I used canning jars, but empty condiment jars would also work, as long as the lid still seals tightly. Before beginning, make sure your figures will fit inside your jar and the lid.

Using a two-part epoxy, glue the figures to the inside of the lid. I used an old Christmas candle, some plastic reindeer package decorations, and a tiny bottle brush tree. Epoxy generally needs to set for 24 hours to hold, so plan this part ahead.

When your epoxy is dry, start building the snowstorm. Fill the jar nearly to the top with distilled water; check to make sure your scene doesn’t displace so much water that it overflows. Add 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon of glycerin to the water. The glycerin will slow the glitter in the water so it looks more like snowfall, but too much will make all of the glitter stick to the bottom of the snow globe.

Add a few pinches of white glitter to the water. I used some vintage mica that I had on hand (I know, every one has mica on hand). You could also crush clean white eggshells to use as snow.

Screw the lid on your jar tightly so it seals.

Turn over, and shake!

I am in love with these snow globes and have grand plans to make more for friends.


Artist and crafter Maggie Wolcott writes about craft events in and around Spokane, as well as her own adventures in creating and repurposing. Her DwellWellNW posts include project and decorating ideas, recipes, reviews of events, and interviews with local artists. Maggie spends her days as an English professor, and when she’s not grading papers, she can generally be found with a paintbrush or scissors in hand. She can be reached at