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Snow Globe Jars

This fun jar craft can be done in an afternoon and makes use of old toys. Let your kid create a snow or glitter storm around their favorite toys!

 Turn used toys into personalized kids' room decoration with this jar craft.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Epoxy glue
  • Glycerin
  • Small toys


  • Wide mouth canning jars, #37889, or other jars with lids
  • Valspar gloss spray paint (we used Bright Red, Frosty Berry, and Everglade Glen)
  • Valspar 1-oz interior silver paint crystals, #167672, foam weather seal (#149327), or glitter
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Step 1

Collect some used plastic toys and materials to create your jar scenes. Try figurines from fast food meals, clipped sprigs of artificial plant material from wreaths or garland, or pieces of plastic jewelry or small toys. Decide which figures will go in each jar.

Step 2

Spray-paint the jar lids and let dry.

Step 3

Glue the toys and other items inside the jar lids. Put the jars over the glued toys to make sure everything still fits.

Step 4

Fill jars with water. Add about 2 tablespoons of glycerin to the 16-ounce jars. Use less if you make your globe with a smaller jar. Then add paint crystals or glitter. If you want fake snow, shred some foam from leftover packaging or packing peanuts using a grater.

Step 5

Apply glue around the inside edge of the lids and carefully screw the lids with the figures to the jar filled with water. Let sit until glue is dry. Flip the jars over and watch the snow fall.