These waterless snow globes are a fun, easy, and less messy variation on a traditional winter craft. They will keep your kids occupied for an afternoon with some help from you. Just set up the craft on a table with a plastic tablecloth and tell your kids to create their winter worlds.
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Waterless snow globes are the perfect quick and easy craft for kids. You can make an entire mantel full in a few hours. Since kids don’t like to linger too long over creating their winter wonderland scenes, they can pick out a few key elements, glue them to the foam board base, put everything together, and bam, the kids are done and ready to move on to the next waterless snow globe.
Gather your supplies at your favorite local craft store. I found mine at Michael’s Craft store which had a section set up for miniature Christmas scenes and Hobby Lobby which had a large collection of inexpensive glass jars for under $2. Check the Christmas section for mini ornaments—just cut off the hanging loop. Miniature trees from model train sets work well too. You can also cut Christmas picks into smaller pieces to fit inside your jar.
- Glass Jars (look for ones with an opening of 3 inches or wider, especially for kids)
- Assorted mini green Christmas trees, assorted mini white Christmas trees, or assorted mini pink Christmas trees
- Small figurines and other mini decorations
- Artificial snow
- Wireless Chenille
- Hot glue gun and glue
- X-Acto Knife
- Krylon Glitter Blast Spray Paint (optional)
- Battery Operated LED Tealight Candles (optional)
Thrift shops are another good source for jars for your waterless snow globes. Look for jars with a base at least 3 inches wide to give your kids plenty of room to create. Think outside the box when it comes to containers: big wine glasses, glass vases, fish bowls, wide mouth canning jars (Kerry is a good brand to look for).
Don’t forget to check your recycling container for pickle and jam jars. Soak the labels in water and use ammonia to help remove the glue and labels before using. I always run my jars through the dishwasher before using them for a craft to ensure the removal of food residue.
If you make waterless snow globe ornaments, glue a canning jar ring to the bottom as a base to display the ornament or hang it on a tree.
To elevate our winter wonderland scenes, I traced the jar lid on foam board and cut out the shapes with an x-acto knife. I stacked 2 and 3 pieces of round foam board on top of each other, depending on the height we wanted. Before gluing together, place the foam board on the lid and screw the jar in place. Trim off pieces to ensure a good fit.
Have the kids assemble their winter wonderland scenes and glue them in place with a hot glue gun. Place the jar over top and screw in place.
One final tip: Illuminated Waterless Snow Globe — take a battery-operated tealight and adhere it to the lid with the help of a button magnet. Ingenious, isn’t it! The button magnet allows you to access the tealight at any time when the button battery dies.