These DIY snowy mason jars are SO PRETTY and they’re really easy to make! Give your mason jars a frosted, snow covered look using glitter and epsom salt. This is a perfect craft for the holidays but simple enough that you can display them all winter long.
Add a battery operated tealight or votive candle and watch your Christmas mason jars shine! They sparkle during the day and glow warmly at night. Best of all they only take 15 minutes to make!
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How to Make Snowy Mason Jars
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your materials and supplies.
Step 2: Add epsom salt mixture to the jar
- Mix together Epsom salt and white glitter.
- Spread a thin layer of mod podge over the outside of the jar with a foam brush. (Don't cover the neck of the jar.)
- Working over a baking tray or newsprint, sprinkle the Epsom salt mixture evenly over of the mod podge with a spoon, turning the jar as you go.
- Once you reach the bottom of the bowl you can pour the remainder of the salt and glitter onto the jar.
- Tap the bottom of the jar as you rotate it to remove any extra salt and glitter. Set the jar upright and allow it to dry for at least 1 hour.
Step 3: Seal the jar (optional)
- In a well ventilated area (preferably outside), spray a thin layer of sealer over of the faux snow to help keep it in place.Allow it to dry for at least 20 minutes before handling.
Step 4: Finish decorating the jar
- Add a dab of hot glue to Christmas greenery to connect two sprigs. We used fresh cedar sprigs, but you can also use fake greenery from a garland.
- Glue on some holiday berries to the bundle.
- Add hot glue to the back of the greenery.
- Attach the greenery to the neck of the jar.
- Loop twine around the neck of the jar and tie it in a bow over the greenery and berries.
- Your snowy mason jar is complete!
- 1. Instead of working in sections, paint the whole jar with glue/Mod Podge and then immediately cover the entire jar with the salt mixture. If you try to work in sections it's a lot messier and the salt layer will not be seamless.
- 2. We used 3 different sizes of mason jars: 8 ounce, 16 ounce, and 32 ounce jars (1 cup, 2 cup, and 4 cup jars).
Do I have to seal the snowy mason jar?
You don’t have to cover the Epsom salt and glitter with a spray sealer, but be aware that if you don’t, the salt easily falls off when you touch or bump it. Even setting the jar down will cause a bit of the salt to fall off.
We recommend adding a layer of spray sealer over the Epsom salt and glitter mixture. This is especially important if you’re giving the snowy mason jar as a gift or if you want to keep them for more than one year.
What type of greenery should I use?
We cut fresh cedar sprigs from our front yard and used red plastic berries we had from old Christmas decorations. You can also use fresh red berries but the only ones we could find were soft and looked like they wouldn’t last the season.
If you use fresh greenery remember that it will wilt over time. (Although if it wilts, it’s really easy to replace). Plastic or fake greenery will last forever.
Can I use glue instead of mod podge?
How do I store my snowy mason jar?
Even after spraying the faux snow with the spray sealer, the salt is really fragile and comes off when bumped. Be sure to store your Christmas mason jars so the edges are protected and won’t rub against anything.
We recommend storing them upright in a box with a cardboard partition between each jar – Something like a wine bottle box. You can make your own compartments in an empty box using strips of empty cereal boxes.
Where can I buy epsom salt?
You should be able to find epsom salt at the dollar store. It’s usually found in the bath and body care section of the store. If the dollar store doesn’t have it, you can definitely find epsom salt on Amazon, at the pharmacy, or at Target or Walmart.
Can I use something else in place of the epsom salt?
These snowy mason jars are SO PRETTY! Add in a battery operated tealight, strings of fairy lights, or even light a real votive candle to enjoy the warmth and cozy glow of these Christmas mason jars.
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