At the first signs of a snowfall, when the snow is so fluffy and powdery, haven’t you ever just wanted to scoop some up and take it inside for keeps? You know, put it in a jar and look at it later…after all the snow outside has gotten dirty and dingy…partially melted down… only to freeze up again…several times over?
Well, here’s a cutsie little ornament that will help you pretend that you’ve jarred up a hand full of freshly fallen snow.
Of course it won’t melt because it’s really only “faux” snow, but with the right amount of baubles and a tag, it will fool you long enough to make you smile at the memory of seeing that pretty white stuff fall out of the sky rather than remembering how long it took you to shovel the sidewalk.
Keepsake faux snow in a jar ornament
I used a bunch of small, used baby food, spice and tealight type jars (going for as lightweight a jar as possible)
Some had lids already, some did not, so I made my own lids for those.
I also used a bunch of crafty stuff I already had, which included:
Epsom salts, quick farina, corn starch, glitter, fake snow, iridescent flake (to make faux snow – SEE RECIPES BELOW))
Brown paper bags and colored/ printed tissue paper
Yarn, twine, and black craft wire
Brown and black card stock for the labels
Black and white paint pens
Red craft paint
Stencils and pouncing sponge
Blue painters tape
Hot glue gun
Cardboard from a cereal box (to make lids for the jars that were without lids)
To make faux snow, any of these recipe combinations work well:
Recipe 1: 4 parts Epsom salts to 1 part glitter or iridescent flake
Recipe 2: 4 parts Epsom salt to 1 part glitter or flake, with a dash of corn starch and a dash of quick farina (Cream of Wheat)
*Recipe #2 has a really powdery, fluffy texture, but don’t leave out the farina if you use the cornstarch because the cornstarch alone will cloud up the jar.
*Give recipe#2 an antique snow look by adding several more dashes of farina (like the Blizzard of 1918 jar)
Recipe 3: Store-bought loose fake/faux snow. Add glitter or iridescent flake, if desired.
To make lids for the jars without:
Lay the empty jar, upside down onto a piece of cardboard and trace around the jar lid onto the cardboard.
Cut out the card board circle, and attach it to a piece of burlap, fabric, scrapbook paper, etc… with some decoupage.
Fill the jar with the faux snow, and then run hot glue all along the outer edge of the cardboard circle, and then lay it onto of the jar.
Trim the fabric or paper down some and then hot glue the fabric or paper to the jar, while tucking it under the cardboard lid. Trim down any unwanted excess of fabric or paper.
The rest of the steps:
Cover the lids with decoupage and either fabric, burlap, brown craft paper, a piece of paper bag, wrapping paper or anything that you have around.
Add faux snow to all the jars. I did not fill the jars all the way up. I only added about halfway, thinking that made it look more like you had just a sampling of the snow falling outside. Shake the snow around a bit in the jar to make sure it looks how you want it to.
Before you put the lids on for good, test it out to see if the snow level looks right with the fabric/paper covered lid on top.
Once the lids are on, cut pieces of craft wire to about 10 inches or so.
Bend the wire to make a handle/ hanger.
Place it on the jar and hold it in place with blue painters tape.
Wind and attach twine, wire, yarn or whatever you prefer around the jar lid, securing it with hot glue.
Be careful, it’s hot!!
Remove the blue tape, and then fold the wire up and twist it to secure it.
You can hang small ornaments, tags, etc onto the wire before you twist it closed.
You can also add those baubles by attaching them with twine. Tip: it helps to layer the baubles in height so that they hang at different lengths, rather than all bunched up together.
I used cardstock to make most of the tags.
I edged the tags with a bit of craft glue and then sprinkled with glitter and let dry.
I stenciled the tops of some of the lids. Gave others a touch of red paint here and there with a sponge brush.
By only using what I already had, this project turned out to be super duper cheap!!!
I really love the projects I’ve seen out there of people saving sand in a jar from different beach vacations.
That was my inspiration for saving “faux” snow in a jar as a keepsake to commemorate a Christmas snow, the first snow of the year, a memento from surviving the challenges of a bonafide blizzard, or just a particularly special year of the white stuff ;D
I was thinking these jars of snow would be a cute diy project to make as a Christmas ornament or perhaps for a keepsake box, a shadow box or even for placing on a winter mantle.
Thanks for stopping by. Here’s hoping your days are snowy and bright ~ Amy
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