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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.
With Christmas a little over a month away (side note: where the HECK did 2018 go!?!), I’ve been busy creating a bunch of DIY Christmas decorations, like this DIY Christmas garland and this Silent Night wall art. Out of all of the Christmas decorations I’ve been making, one of my favourites so far are these quick and easy DIY Christmas jars.
These DIY Christmas jars only take 15 minutes (at most) to make, which makes them a great way to decorate for Christmas when you’re short on time (or forget about the holiday until the last minute). They’re also just a whole lot of fun to make due to the awesomeness that is mixing up fake snow, watching it expand like crazy, and feeling like some sort of badass science lady.
So, on to the tutorial!
Quick & easy DIY Christmas jars
To make your Christmas jar, you will need:
- 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 Australia.
- Insta-snow. 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 card.
- Animal Christmas ornaments. You can get a really pretty set of animal ornaments here.
- Additional decorations of your choosing. I used a pinecone and two artificial pine branches I pulled off the Christmas tree mentioned in this post.
- Paddle wire in green.
- Fresh conifer branches.
Step 1: Mix up your fake snow
The first step in making your DIY Christmas jars is to mix up your fake snow. This should take a few minutes at absolute most.
I’m gonna be honest: Because I’m not ‘with it’, I actually had no idea this fake snow stuff existed until I saw it in a discount store a few weeks ago.
And honestly, I can’t believe I’ve lived 26 years without knowing about it, because this stuff is cool as.
(Haha, it’s “cool”…because it’s snow….Oh, like you never make bad dad jokes.)
You just add a little bit of water to the white powder and BAM, it instantly expands to create this really pretty, fluffy snow. So easy and so much fun to watch.
As there are a few different brands of fake snow on the market, it’s best to just follow the directions 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 fluid ounces 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 (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 your 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 being cruelly engulfed by whatever the snow equivalent of quicksand is. In which case, go ahead, do what you want, I’m not your mum.
Once your cardboard is in place, pour the remaining quarter of the snow over the top of the cardboard.
Step 3: Add your ornaments to your DIY Christmas jar
With your cardboard platform in place, you can now start adding your decorations to your DIY Christmas jar. The trick here is to place your heaviest decorations so that they’re standing on top of the concealed cardboard.
I used some pinecones, pine branches, and animal ornaments to decorate my jars, simply because I had them on hand in my Christmas supplies storage box. You can really use whatever you want in your jars. If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out these Christmas houses, Christmas trees, or this gorgeous nativity scene. Any of these would look lovely in your DIY Christmas jar.
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.
I used some fresh branches from a conifer tree. Conifer branches are really great for this sort of project as they hold up remarkably well after being picked. Earlier this year, I hung up a bunch of branches from different trees in my shed to see which ones would last the longest. After two months in the shed, the conifer branches were a little paler but still going strong. If you don’t have access to fresh conifer branches, you can get a whole range of cute artificial branches on Amazon.
Using paddle wire, tie your branches together until you have a garland long enough to fit around your jar opening.
Then, tie the top of your garland to the bottom of your garland to create a circle. Pop it on top of your jar.
And with that, your DIY Christmas jar is complete!
After I had so much fun making the first jar, I kinda couldn’t help myself and had to make a second.
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