Dollar Store Snow Globes! {Sans Water}




Hey there!  Now that Christmas is over and we're running into the last week of Christmas break you might hear the dreaded "I'm boooooorrrrrrred!" from your kiddos.  

Ugh.

Instead of telling them to go clean their room (which is what I tell mine) while thinking (ungrateful little stinkers just got one million Christmas presents last week that they should be playing with and how dare they utter the word "bored" in your presence!!!)  you can bust out this easy and crazy-cheap craft. 

Winter water-less snow globes.

This is a great craft because it's not only cheap and easy but versatile enough you can leave it out all winter. 

I wanted to make this a very inexpensive craft because budgets are tight around this time of the year.  (Especially when the 8 year old throws a surprise request for a $130 Lego set to Santa. WHA?!)   

Anyway, I'm keeping my extracurricular activities on the cheap.  Like dollar store cheap.  I got almost all of my supplies at the dollar store (we have Dollar Tree in my neck of the woods). Many of you may have this stuff already in your house which makes it even cheaper!   

What you need:


  • Glass Jar (mine are from Dollar Tree but you could use an old pickle jar or jelly jar, whatever you have around)
  • Kosher Salt (mine is from Dollar Tree but maybe you already have some? (I did but forgot, duh...)
  • Bottle Brush type Christmas tee (supposedly Dollar Tree had these but I didn't see any, I got this package of 2 for .75 cents at Menards!  (Less than a $1, take that Dollar Tree!)  Look near the Christmas Village items at Menards.  Probably on clearance now, hurry on over!
  • Glue gun or super glue. (already had it and surely Dollar Tree has some generic super glue)
  • Jute Rope or Ribbon (I already had it but Dollar Tree does carry a smaller roll of it)
Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog

These only cost me about $2.55 each.  But, if you have a jar and some salt already they will only cost  .37 cents a piece!  How's that for cheap?!

Since I tend to get sloppy with the glue gun I used a paper plate underneath to catch any drips and all those crazy tiny strings of glue. To get started put a good size dab of hot glue on the inside of the lid.  Since my boys are too young to handle a glue gun I did this for them.  They were happy to let me do it. (I think I have scared them to death of the glue gun with all my threats of "Never touch this or it will burn your skin off !!" but hey, they've never touched it ;)
Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog

Stick your tree on the dab of hot glue and push it down so the glue spreads out under the base.

Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog


While the glue is drying, start the fun part of adding snow to your jar.  At this point, if your kids are helping you your paper plate becomes worthless as a table cover but salt is easy to clean up so don't sweat it.  

You can add as much or as little "snow" as you like.  One of the boys went a little crazy claiming it was a blizzard and filled the jar almost all the way up.  I talked him out of the snow storm so we could actually see the tree. :)  

Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog
Action shot... it's snowing!!
Since the hot glue only takes a  few minutes for it to dry completely they were ready after the snowstorm was cleared out.  If you use super glue you may have to wait longer, you want it to be completely dry.

Have your kiddo turn the tree upside down and insert the tree into the jar.  Screw the lid on tight (mommy helped with that, that could be a huge mess of salt snow!)  Then they can flip it over and enjoy their "hard" work making beautiful water-less snow globes!  
Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog


I tied a casual bow with some jute rope around the bottom just to dress it up a little.

Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog


These were so easy and cheap I'm thinking about making a few more.  It was the perfect craft for my boys on a cold Saturday morning (did you notice their pajamas?) :)  

I'm so pleased with these, I think they are cute enough to keep out all winter!

Kids Craft: Dollar Store Waterless Snow Globes by Chic on a Shoestring Decorating blog

Hope you and your kiddos can make some of these fun snow globes.  

A special thanks to Jen from Tatertots & Jello for letting me share these at her annual Happy Holidays Round-up.

Happy New Year!

3 comments :

  1. Love these. I've made them w/ epsom salt but hadn't thought about kosher salt. Great idea!

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  2. Forget the kids... I'm making these for myself! I may add a deer or two!

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  3. These truly are addicting!! I made a bunch for gifts and one (bleached) for me and saved jars to have a bunch on a tray just to entice one to shake and play!! I used some fake weird snow that Michaels had last year, but I did use Epsom salts, I had mixed iridescent glitter with one, but I'm going to experiment: why not? I have jars!! I bought the tiny white styrofoam balls and I wonder how they will do?!! I even tried little trees but whew just a bit of "snow" and they were covered! Maybe ill even bleach a few various lengths of time to get shades go green. I remember! I sprayed a tree with glitter spray too. Ahhh. So glad you posted this! I love to shake them. If the tree comes off easy fix= re glue it!!! My daughter even used pinecones the little fat ones. Thanks again for sharing. Happy New Year!!

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