Recycle Jars into a Dazzling Winter Wonderland! Easy DIY Decor

Find inexpensive jars at Goodwill of Orange County stores and turn them into a dazzling miniature winter wonderland. Just follow these easy steps!

You can add Christmas decor that you have gathered over the years and turn it into a gift that you will be proud to give or to display in your home.

This is a very low cost, easy project and the kids can help out too. Just the simple process of adding Christmas decor to a recycled jar and adding some store bought snow, makes it look magical!

Goodwill 11-30 glass jars finished


Recycled jars and bowls of all shapes and sizes are easy to find at your favorite Goodwill store. Search for for mason jars or other small jars with tight-fitting lids for liquid-free snow globes. For elevation, look for candlesticks and cake stands.

Goodwill 11-30-empty jars goodwill project

  • We used a trifle bowl, apothecary jar, a large jar with a lid, and several mason jars.
  • Small bottle brush trees from the craft store or artificial evergreen branches trimmed to look like trees.
  • Christmas decor – we used ribbon, Christmas balls, ornaments, miniature Nutcrackers, Christmas village houses, pinecones, and Christmas flowers. Be sure and check your own supply, or your favorite Goodwill store before purchasing new items.
  • Artificial snow – we used two bags for our projects
  • Glue for glass if you want to glue the candlesticks to the small jars
  • Small pieces of white Styrofoam in the shape of a circle

Goodwill 11-30 snow and glue

Here is the brand of snow and glass glue we purchased at Michael’s. The two bags of snow were $4.99 each and the glue was $3.99. Don’t forget your coupons!


  • Wash and completely dry the jars.
  • Pour a the snow into the jars to about 1/3 full.
  • If your recycled jar is large, use a white Styrofoam circle to place on top of the snow so your objects don’t sink in too far.
  • Place your trees, flowers and objects on top of the Styrofoam circle until you are happy with the arrangement. Add a little more snow until the Styrofoam is hidden.
  • To vary the heights of your jars, use cake stands or candlesticks to glue onto the bottom of your jars.You can leave them clear or paint them to match your decor.
Tip: If the neck of your jar is small, break the Styrofoam circle in half and add it as two pieces so your hand and the Styrofoam can fit inside the jar.
2 mason jars jessica


When making a liquid-less snow globe in a mason jar, simply hot glue the objects to the inside of the lid. Let them dry completely and then turn over and add the snow. Once the project was done, I added more hot glue on the outside to make sure that the jar was well-sealed. Use some ribbon and add a gift tag for gift-giving. I made these last year and my friends loved them!

If you have some small figurines, these would look adorable inside your snow globes. If you cannot glue them directly to the inside of the lid, or if you need a little more height inside your snow globe, you can add a small piece of white Styrofoam to the lid and then glue the items to the Styrofoam first. Once the snow is added, you won’t see the Styrofoam.

mason jar single jessica

To put your DIY snow globe on a pedestal, just use some glue for glass to attach it to a candlestick.

trifle bowl jessica


Trifle Bowls work great for this craft. We stacked ours on a cake stand and added greenery. You could use this as a centerpiece on your table.

flowers in jar adrianna

Just by adding some Christmas flowers to a recycled jar with some added snow makes such a festive display!

house in jar jessica

Here is a new idea for displaying traditional Christmas decor. We added a small house from a Christmas village collection. Add a few figures and trees and you have a village wonderland in a jar.

Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

This project was created by Lori Felix of More With Less Today.

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goodwill jars collage 2


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