My husband buys a container of UTZ Cheese Balls every two weeks. You can imagine how many empty containers we have laying around our home.
I ‘m always trying to find a way to use the containers instead of throwing them away.
First, recycling the containers into something fun for Christmas was my primary goal.
Second, I knew I wanted to recycle a container into Christmas decor. That’s how I came up with the waterless snow globe.
Furthermore, I’ll be sharing my tutorial on How To Make A Waterless Snow Globe below.
Below is each step to create this snow globe. Additionally, most of the decorations used inside the snow globe was found at Target in the Dollar Spot area.
- Large empty clean container with top
- Extra round container top spray painted green
- Synthetic snow flakes (fake snow)
- Mini battery operated lights
- Fishing Line
- Wooden Stars
- Decorations ( Santa sign, trees, and truck )
- Ribbon ( optional jute twine )
- Small artificial floral pick
- Spray Paint
- Nail Polish with Acetone
- Glue Gun
The Snow Globe
First, to create the snow globe you will need to wash and clean the container. Use warm soapy water to scrub the inside and outside of the jar. Scrape off any paper using a plastic scraper.
Once the paper is removed it will leave a sticky residue. Take a dry rag and pour a little bit of nail polish remover that contains acetone on the cloth and rub all over the sticky spots until it’s all removed. Additionally, you need to wash and dry the container again.
Second, to be able to thread your lights through the plastic jar you’ll need to make a hole in the lower back side (center). Carefully, heat a large nail and push it until it makes a hole in the plastic.
The Snow Globe Lights
Third, for the snow globe lights find mini battery operated lights ( also known as Fairy lights ) at Walmart or online.
Untangle the lights and push them through the hole in the back of the plastic jar, leaving the battery box and a few inches of the lights on the other side of the hole. Hence, stretching the lights up and over the top of the container.
Place a lid on the jar and glue the lights to the top of the lid only, making sure not to glue any of the lights.
Fourth, remove the top with the lights and place inside with the lights facing upwards. Spray paint the remaining top green and let dry. Cut two pieces of fishing line the same length and another piece of fishing line a little longer.
Glue the stars onto one end of each piece of fishing line. Once the lid is dry glue the end of the fishing line without the stars to the inside of the lid, letting the stars dangle downward. A photo below shows how I glued the stars to hang.
Next, glue the ribbon around the lid and the twine. I don’t recommend using washi tape for this project it tears too easily. I learned this the hard way.
Don’t forget to glue your floral pick on top of the lid and remove the lid from the container and set aside. The floral pick and jute twine was found at Hobby Lobby.
Furthermore, add fake snow covering the lights. Hence, the fake snow can be found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Make sure the snow covers the lights inside your diy snow globe but, not to thick where you can’t see the lights glow once they’re turned on.
Lastly, place all the decorations inside the waterless snow globe. You can glue down the pieces, which I chose not to do. Place the lid on top and snap it closed.
Gently move your homemade snow globe where you want it. Turn the lights on and enjoy!
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Check out my DIY Frozen Waterless Snow Globe -it lights-up, too!