How To: Mini Snow Globe Favors

Snow globes are a fun winter collectible and make the perfect gifts. After seeing this tutorial I wanted to try making my own ‘dry’ snow globes (without the water). The supplies took some time to track down (finding the perfect small jar, tiny trees and deer), but the effort was well worth it. They turned out so darling! Not only would these mini snow globes be perfect holiday gifts, I think they would also make truly unique favors for a winter wedding or holiday party.

• Baby food jars
• 1″ Christmas Trees (I found mine at my local craft store. These are Darice brand)
• Tiny deer or other small trinket. (I ordered a vintage package of deer on Etsy)
• Styrofoam (I found a small sheet 3/8″ thick at the Dollar Store)
• Pink Glitter
• Gold Star Confetti
• Fake Snow
• Craft Glue (I used Elmer’s)
• Acrylic Gold Paint
• 1″ circle labels (personalized with your own words)
• Gold or pink ribbon

• Exacto Knife
• Paint Brush
• Hot Glue Gun

Step One: Paint the baby food jar lids gold. I painted two coats on mine to cover them completely.

Step Two: Once the lids are dry, use an exacto knife to cut a small piece of styrofoam to fit perfectly into the center of the jar lid. Make sure you leave room around the edge for the lid to screw back onto the jar. Once your styrofoam pieces are cut to size, use a hot glue gun to attach them to the inside of your lids. This will be the base of your winter scene.

Step Three: Decorate your styrofoam base. I started by covering the styrofoam with a thin layer of craft glue (I used my finger to coat it completely) and then added the pink glitter. Next I used the hot glue gun to secure a Christmas tree and vintage deer into place.

Step Four: I wanted to incorporate a special message into the snow globe scene. I chose a small 1″ circle label personalized with my own words and carefully placed it inside the jar so that when you looked at the winter scene you would look through the glass and see the message. To cover the white dot it created on the outside of the jar, I added another circle label in the exact same place (on the outside).

Step Five: Add some fake snow and confetti to the glass jars. You don’t need to add much! You don’t want your little deer drowning in snow. I added approximately one tablespoon of fake snow and a pinch of confetti. Next, insert your scene (upside down) into the jar and screw the lid on tight.

Step Six: The final step! Turn your snow globes over and tie a pretty gold ribbon around the lid of your jar.

These would look so cute placed at each table setting of a rehearsal dinner or holiday party. If you plan to give these as gifts you can wrap them in tissue paper and package them up in large white gift boxes. I decorated my boxes with another matching label, a pink ribbon, and some decorative string.

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Rachel (259 Posts)

Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. She loves crafting, party planning and illustration. Rachel runs her own creative blog, Adventures In Making and also has a line of greeting cards, art prints and handmade goodies called Camp Smartypants.

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  1. Ashley says

    Any liquid is added to the jar or not? I think its not added, if zinc will be added to it with some liquid then it will look more attractive and beautiful also.

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