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Snowman Winter Snow Scene In a Glass Jar

Wait till you see my snowman winter snow scene in a jar. It was one of those trial and error projects. The little snowman was the inspiration for the project.

snowman winter snow scene in a jar

Snowman Winter Snow Scene In A Jar

I’m trying to get started on Christmas crafts and have worked on several but they never seem to turn out right. This one did…..after a lot of work.

Sorry, I didn’t get the photos edited on the latest painted furniture project. The project is a doozy too so stay tuned! I’ll get it together soon…..hopefully.

how to make a winter scene in a jar


I’ve been seeing these lovely snow scenes in jars on my favorite blogs and also on Pinterest. Anyone else see those? They look easy to make and so much fun. I love the miniatures in the jars.

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I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a few things to work with. I already had all the jars and everything I purchased was 50% off. At first glance the project seems easy but I found out differently.

I thought I could just plop the things in the jar and be done. Wrong. The items have weight and they just sink into the “snow”. So here’s what I did.

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I pulled out my trusty glue gun, a few pieces of Styrofoam, and went to work. I cut the Styrofoam at a height I thought would work with the “snow” and the size of the jar. It’s all about proportions. 

As you can see I glued everything to the top of the jar lid. I started with the Styrofoam and then placed the trees and snowman in a pleasing manner…..or whatever the word is. The plan is to use the top of the jar and make it the bottom of the jar for the snow scene….thus inverting the jar.

By the way, I purchased the jars on a yard sale trip for 25 cents each. I think I got 5 of them. That’s what you call a deal.

creating a winter scene

I put a little “snow” in the jar then put the lid on. Just a little tip….don’t buy the Styrofoam snow…it has static cling and is so light weight it ends up everywhere. 

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Then I turned the jar upside down. Not enough snow….the styrofoam “lifts” were not covered completely.

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…and I forgot the fence. I hot glued the fence in place….added more snow….

making a snow scene in a glass jar with snowman, snow, and trees


…..too much snow this time. This is the way it goes with trial and error projects. But that’s okay. I guarantee this little project with the snowman in the winter scene is going to turn out perfectly. 

how to make a winter snowman scene in a glass jar


I finally got the proportions right….at least they work for me! The red and green ribbon around the base was a last minute addition. I was trying to hide or cover up something that will never be brought to light in this post!

I’m going to try some other Winter scenes with Ball Jars and different miniature items.

snowman in a glass jar

Now that I’ve had a little experience things will be easier the next time. Stay tuned.

Find my Gumball Machine Winter Scene here. I have a complete tutorial on the gumball machine I bought at the Nashville Flea Market and turned into the perfect snowman winter scene.

bird cage winter snow scene

Find the sweetest little wood bird cage winter scene here.

Find 150 simple DIY Christmas decorating ideas here.

As always thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. What a fun idea! I think my oldest would really enjoy making this kind of scene. So smart to invert the jar, and thanks for all the tips. It looks great! I do have to wonder what you’re hiding under that ribbon though. 🙂 Haha! Have a great week Kathy!

  2. When I got 2 cats… I started doing a lot of my decorating under glass… either in a terrarium or under cheese domes.
    (I’m sure there is a fancy name for those!)
    I use use battery operated lights with timers. And have really loved the look!

  3. Hi, Kathy
    Awesome winter scenes in glass containers. Thanks for the tip on Howard’s Feed n’ Wax from a few weeks ago. Works exactly as you described.

  4. I have a couple of suggestions. How ’bout using white styrofoam chunks to lift the items to the “snow” line. That way, it isn’t as noticeable if the “snow” drifts away from the figures. Alternatively, you could paint the foam bases white or wrap them in white felt or fabric before gluing them. I love this idea.