*This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. I received free product to facilitate my post. All opinions are my own.

Tis the season of holly-jolly crafting fun. During this time of year, all of the Christmas cheer has me saying “YES” much more often to things like glue, glitter, and scraps of tissue paper. I’m more inclined to let our table turn into a crafting wonderland, and love helping my kids create holiday memories while crafting something with their hands. This year, I knew I wanted to try making snow globes with the kids.

I was a teensy bit super nervous about storing home-made water snow globes. In my mind, I imagined opening our Christmas boxes next year to find a watery mess. I also saw a few other methods that used a bunch of things we didn’t have….spray paint, sealant, spray glue….I wanted a simple project and not a trip to the hardware store, so I opted for the minimalist approach, and LOVE the result.


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I got these sweet little plastic jars from Oriental Trading. These mini jars come in a pack of six, for just $7.25. (That’s just $1.20 a jar!) The plastic jars are perfect for crafting – especially with kids! Check out the jars HERE.

Check out the Oriental Trading website and see what other amazing (and super-affordable!) crafting supplies you can find! Find a bargain and get inspired! They also have tons of fun holiday items and everything you need to plan your Christmas or New Years party.

I found a set of small holiday figurines and the reindeer at a local thrift shop, but check the big box stores during their after-Christmas clearance sales! You could also use the small plastic trees, pine cones, etc. Your imagination is the limit!

I used sparkly white glitter for my snow. If you don’t have this or can’t find it at your local craft store, you could also use salt or salt mixed with any glitter.

You will also need a hot glue gun for this project.

1. Gather your supplies

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2. I found that it was helpful to use a small piece of sponge or foam to help elevate our figurines. Without the bit of “lift”, the figurines got a bit buried under the snow, and were hard to see. Play around with the height of your figures, and the amount of snow that works with your jar.

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3. Use hot glue to secure your figurine (plus any “lift”) to the lid of the jar. Fill your jar with the glitter or salt. (We used a funnel to minimize the mess!) When the hot glue has dried, carefully screw your lid on, and turn the jar over. Your children will be delighted by what they have created!

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Happy crafting and happy holidays!