Anthropologie Mason Jar Snow Globe {DIY}

I was at Anthropologie a few weeks ago and noticed these…

And I thought to myself, “Those people are crazy inside their heads if they think anyone would pay $38 for that.”  Well, enough people paid $38 for them that they are sold out on the website.  I will admit that they are adorable.  I decided to make my own.  You can too.  We can’t let Anthropologie beat us and take our bank account monies anymore!  Well, at least not until next weekend.

What you’ll need:

You won’t need a cat.  Don’t let orange furball confuse you.

1) Mason jars- need to be of the “wide mouth” variety.  However many globes you would like to make is how many you’ll need.

2) Baby trees.  I wanted one big and one little per jar.  You just plan accordingly.  These can be purchased at Michael’s (you can buy a big bag of different sizes).  I got mine at Hobby Lobby in the dollhouse section.  These can also be bought at Dollar Tree in the Christmas section.  I saw it with my own eyes.

3) Glitter- silver for the trees

4) Snow-  I found something at Michael’s called “Twinklet’s Diamond Dust” and used that because the texture was the most similar to the globes at Anthro.  You can also use that snow stuff in the bags that is powdery or really thick glitter if you can find it.

5) Spray adhesive

6) Glue- Gorilla+Elmer’s is what I used.  I think that a glue gun would be best but I didn’t have mine at the time.

What you’ll do:

1) Glitter and snow up your trees.  In all honesty, you could probably just use the tree as is, however, it would not be as pretty.  Take your spray adhesive and spray down your tree.  Warning: Your fingers will get real sticky.  Dip it in your diamond dust or sprinkle your dust over it all the way around.  Next, take your glitter and sprinkle that over.  Spray with adhesive again and repeat.  The second go round is optional.  Let dry for a bit.

2) Open your mason jar and glue trees to the bottom of the lid.  Like I said previously, I used a combination of Elmer’s and Gorilla Glue.  I really believe a glue gun would have been easier.  Let this dry very well.  Make sure your trees are really stuck before you attempt to move on.  I was too impatient and my trees went crashing down and glitter flew everywhere.  Less than ideal.

3)  Pour your snow into the mason jar.  Somewhere between a half an inch and an inch will probably do just fine.  I used a combination of the powdery snow from the bag and the diamond dust.

4) Turn the top with the trees on it over and place carefully into the jar.  Screw on the rim of the jar to tighten.

5) Turn the jar upside down.  Voila!  You have your very own Anthropologie mason jar snow globe.  Excellent work.

I like it simple like this but there are lots of options if you want to spruce yours even more.  Here are some I have considered:

~ Adding tiny sparkle balls found at Hobby Lobby as tree ornaments.

~ Adding a mini lamppost I found at Hobby Lobby so that your jar looks like Narnia.

~ Putting a house ornament in.

So, in conclusion, I feel as if I’ve won this round.  That would make the tally:

Me: 1, Anthropologie: a quabillion.

Oh well.




  1. Steven

    You def won that round. Anthropologie is staggering back to its corner! Crowd is on its feet. “Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see, Float like a butterfly, Sting like a Bee.”

  2. Megan

    Lol. Too bad I am not the one with millions and billions of dollars. I may have beat them with snow globes but they are whooping me at life.

  3. Lauren Tate

    Anthro doesn’t hold a candle to Megs. The end.

  4. Megan

    Aww…Thanks La.

  5. Amanda

    LOVE this, I’m going to the store today. I’m going to make a few for Christmas gifts!!!! Awesome job.

  6. Megan

    Thanks Amanda. Let me know if you have any questions. One thingI didn’t mention in the post was that I boosted the trees up on some of those little felt pads for the bottom of furniture legs that I had lying around. This is a totally unnecessary step, but if you feel your trees are sitting too low in the jar you can boost them with something.

  7. Taylor

    OOoo these are definitely beauty jars. Even though you say a cat is not needed, I feel certain Juice totally helped with this. I’d rather have this as a gift than the Anthropoligie one anyway. I love homemade gifts. You’re the best!

  8. Kristen

    Hi Megan,
    I loved your tutorial! I am looking at doing some of these as Chistmas gifts this December. I just had a question – I have seen some that add the water to the globes, so they look like actual snow globes – did Antho’s not have water in them? They would obviously be WAY easier to store without the worry of water in them, but does that take the “magic” out of it? What do you think? Thanks!!!

  9. Megan

    Hi Kristen. No, Anthro’s did not have water in it so mine didn’t either. It was definitely easier not to have to worry about the water. I guess it just depends what you like. I like true snowglobes with water too. I am sure if you google you can probably find a tutorial for how to do it with water. My concern with the water would be needing a special glue that would be waterproof. This did look quite lovely without the water so I am sure your friends would like it either way. Thanks!

  10. Kristen

    Thanks Megan!! I sure appreciate your help! Your’s turned out fantastic so I am going to give it a go! Yeah for Christmas getting started in November!! Happy Holidays!

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