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Christmas is probably my favourite holiday. The pretty lights, the gorgeous decorations, the chance to spend time with loved ones, the excuse to stuff your face with enough chocolate to feed a small country.
You know, the important stuff.
Anyway, with Christmas a little over a month away, I thought I’d start making a few little decorations. This week I made these little Christmas jars:
I honestly made these jars so that I’d have an excuse to play with fake snow, because I’m really just a massive kid. But they were pretty easy to make and only took 15 minutes, so I’d like to share with you how I did it, in case you’d like to make your own jars!
- A jar in the size and style of your choosing.
- If you’re looking for a jar, you can find a bunch of different styles on Amazon. I bought my jars at Kmart in Australia.
- This stuff creates a crazy amount of beautiful, fluffy artificial snow, which makes it great to have on hand for your Christmas DIY projects
- An old cardboard box or similarly sturdy cardboard.
- Animal Christmas ornaments.
- If you’re in the US, I found similar ornaments here.
- I bought my ornaments on clearance after last Christmas from Bed, Bath, and Table here in Australia. They seem to bring them out each year so if you’re reading this in the future, it’s worth having a look to see if they’re stocking them this year. I’ve also seen similar ornaments at Target and Spotlight, if that helps.
- Additional decorations of your choosing.
- I used a pinecone and two artificial pine branches from an old Christmas tree.
- Paddle wire in green.
- Fresh conifer branches.
Step 1: Mix up the fake snow
The first step is to mix up the fake snow.
As there are a few different brands of fake snow on the market, it’s probably best to just follow the mixing instructions on the packaging. If you’re using Insta-snow (what I used), you can follow the directions below.
Using the blue scoop in the container, add one level scoop of white powder to a cup. Then, measure out exactly 60ml/2 fl oz of water. Be careful not to overmeasure – too much water will produce an icy slurry rather than pretty, fluffy snow. Once you’ve measured out your water, add it to the same cup as your white powder. Repeat until you have made enough snow for your jars. You can make it in bigger batches to save time (e.g. 2 scoops of white powder, 120ml/4 fluid ounces of water), just be sure to keep the ratio of water to white snow powder the same.
Step 2: Add your fake snow to the jar
Once you’ve mixed your fake snow up, pour three quarters of your snow into your jar.
Then, cut a small rectangle from your cardboard box. Shove the rectangle inside the jar so it’s resting on top of the fake snow, like so:
This piece of cardboard is essential as it gives your animals/decorations something to stand on so they don’t sink into the fake snow. Unless you want to make a Christmas scene where your little animals are screaming out for help as they’re engulfed by whatever the snow equivalent of quicksand is. In which case…that’s kinda weird, but hey, you do you.
Once your cardboard is in place, pour the remaining quarter of the snow over the top of the cardboard.
Step 3: Add your ornaments
With your cardboard platform in place, you can now start adding your decorations. The trick here is to place your heaviest decorations so that they’re standing on top of the concealed cardboard.
In terms of where to get the animal ornaments:
If you’re in the US: I couldn’t find the exact ornaments I used, but you can find a really cute set of four animal ornaments here that would work well.
If you’re in Australia: I got mine from Bed, Bath, and Table on clearance after Christmas 2017. They seem to bring them out most years, so if you’re reading this in the future, it’s worth going to the website and having a look. I’ve also seen some similar ornaments at both Target and Spotlight (just search for ‘reindeer’ or ‘squirrel’ in the search box).
Step 4: Create your little greenery wreath…garland…thing
The last step in creating your DIY Christmas jar is creating a little greenery wreath for the top of the jar.
Using paddle wire, tie your conifer branches together until you have a garland long enough to fit around your jar opening.
To finish, tie the top of your garland to the bottom of your garland to create a circle. Pop it on top of your jar.