Homemade Winter and Christmas Scenes or Snow Globes Using Household Jars {Tutorial}

I saw something like these Christmas jars a few years ago in a magazine–maybe it was Martha Stewart, but I don’t really remember. Anyhow, I have been meaning to make them for years and this weekend–I finally did it. They are so extremely easy and affordable to make too! Kids can even help or make their own.




  • Miniature Christmas trees {These are from the Dollar Tree. Two trees come in each package! You can also buy them at craft stores.}
  • Miniature ornaments or figurines {These are also from the Dollar Tree. Three figures come in a package! You can also buy them at craft stores.}
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 sheet of green felt
  • Scissors
  • Clear glass jars that have been cleaned of all labels and food, etc.
  • Marker



The first thing you want to do is make sure your trees and figurines fit inside the jars. Place everything on the lid of the jar how you want it to go and then place the jar on top. Make sure the jar will close. Now, it’s time to put it all together.

Trace around the mouth of the jar with a marker and cut out the circle. Make sure the circle fits nicely inside the jar lid.



Cut the center of the circle forming an X. You can easily do this by folding the circle in half and cutting a small slit in the center. Unfold. Then make two more cuts forming the X.



Pull the base of the Christmas tree through the slit you just cut in the felt.



Put a generous amount of hot glue all around the bottom of the felt circle and the base of the tree.


Stick the felt and tree onto the inside of the jar lid. Press down firmly and hold for a few seconds.



Put glue on the bottom of your figurine. Glue on top of the felt circle making sure to place it so that the jar will close.



Place jar on top of the lid and screw closed.



Voila! Pretty Christmas or Winter scene!


Now, you can get really creative with these. Use large jars to make more intricate scenes. Use waterproof glue and make your scene. Then, add water and glitter to make your own snow globe! These are fun, cheap, and easy to make–plus they are CUTE!