November 15, 2012

Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes


Last year I was in Anthropologie and saw these adorable waterless snow globes made out of Mason jars like the one below.
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Once I saw that they were between $18 and $40 apiece -- ouch! -- I decided I would make them instead.  It was a great idea but I never actually did it.

Yesterday I started thinking about Christmas decorations and remembered the cute Anthropologie snow globes.  I knew they'd be super easy to make, and thought they'd look great on our kitchen island.  So I went and bought all the supplies and  made 11 of them today.  They were less than $2.00 each plus they couldn't be quicker or easier to make.

Here's what you'll need to make your own Anthropologie-inspired snow globes:


Assorted Mason Jars.  I bought two cases of 12 jars at Walmart for less than $8.00 per case.  I also bought a couple individual jars at Hobby Lobby for about $2.00 each.  Mason jars are considered a summer item so stores like Walmart aren't re-stocking their shelves with them so you may have to look around a little if you want to buy the jars by the case.  They also sell them at the dollar store but they have gold lids and I wanted silver.

Miniature Christmas Trees.   I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the dollhouse section.  A package of three large trees, or four smaller ones, was $1.99.  Michael's sells a bag of 20 small trees for around $10.00 in the model train section.  Those have a white plastic bottoms though and the ones at Hobby Lobby have a little wood disc at the bottom that I preferred.  Michael's also has a bag of smaller trees in the Christmas miniatures section for $1.99.  Those are just like the trees at Hobby Lobby.

Spray Glue.  This comes in an aerosol can.  I always buy the cheapest brand.

White Glitter.  I bought a large jar of glitter at Hobby Lobby for $7.99.  It is the more coarse kind of glitter.  I used my 40% off coupon on this.  You can always grab their coupon on your phone.

Fake Snow.  I bought a bag of Fine Powder Snow at Hobby Lobby.  It isn't the kind of fake snow that has big flakes but instead is really fine and a little sparkly.  There is a whole "fake snow" section at Hobby Lobby.  Who knew?

Glue Gun.

Once you have all your supplies, this is what you'll do:

One.  Put some glitter on a plate.  Set it aside.

Two.  Make a snow mixture of 50% fine fake snow and 50% glitter.  Set it aside. 

Three.  Pick a jar and a tree, or trees, that will fit inside it.  For some of the smaller jars I had to cut the tree off its wire trunk and re-glue it to the wooden disc to make it a little shorter so it wouldn't bump the top of the jar.  I also used some extra glue to make some of the trees a little taller when I was using the large jars.

Four.  Spray your tree with spray glue.  Warning!  Spray glue is just about the stickiest, smelliest stuff on earth.  I sprayed my trees inside the trash can with the window wide open.

Five.  Roll your now-sticky tree in the glitter you put on the plate to cover it with "snow."  Some of the Anthropologie trees are actually covered with silver glitter, which would also be very pretty.


Six.  Hot glue your now-glittery tree to the inside of the jar lid.


Seven.  Put some of you snow mixture in the jar.

Eight.  Put the lid on the jar and turn it over.  Shake the jar until you get the snow to settle in the bottom and fill around the tree base.  Some of the glitter will cling to the sides of the jar, which I think looks really pretty and makes it look like it's snowing inside the jar -- like it would if there were water in the jar.  If you don't want anything to cling to the sides of your jars, then use just the fake snow without adding glitter or use Epsom salts instead.


Nine.  You may have to add some more of the snow mixture -- or take some of the snow mixture out -- depending on how you want it to look.

Ten.  Stand back and admire just how crafty you are.


This is one of the jars sitting on the counter last night when the sun was streaming through the window lighting it up.  Doesn't it look like it's filled with water?


One other warning.  My kitchen looks like there was a fairy explosion in it.  There was glitter and fake snow everywhere and since the stuff seems to take on a life of its own and cling to just about anything it touches, I still have glitter and snow in my kitchen.  So wherever you decide to make these, be prepared that it makes a mess and after vacuuming, sweeping and wiping it may still be there.


If you make some of these, please email me a picture.  I'd love to see what you make!


  1. So pretty! Might have to try these out...although I am a little afraid of the spray glue and glitter combo. My kids are great mess-makers so I can only imagine what my house would look like after this project! ;)

    1. As long as you spray the glue inside a trash can you'll be fine! And I will admit that a little glitter here and there makes your house look festive. :)

  2. Anonymous8:55 AM

    You are so incredibly talented! These are just lovely.

    The video is not coming through.

  3. Anonymous11:19 AM

    The snow globes are beautiful. A quick word of advise....last year we made snow globes for teacher gifts...we bought the little Christmas trees and figures, added the glitter and snow, and then filled with distilled water. They were wonderful until about 4 hours later. I noticed that inside the globes, it looked like twilight was descending on the scene....the green dye from the trees was seeping into the water! Ugh...what a disaster. I even tried re-doing the globes after drying and spraying all the items with a spray sealer...nope, didn't work. It was a fun project - our girls loved it...but it certainly looks like the No-Water idea is definitely the way to go!!



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