Whimsical Mason Jar Snow Globes for the Holidays

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Is there any more quintessential winter object than a snow globe? There is something about these tiny snow-covered winterscapes that fills us cool spot 11x11 popup gazebo tent instant with mosquito netting outdoor gazebo canopy shelter with 121 square feet of shade beige_700053 a sense of nostalgia and wonder. Making your own is easy and fun, and all you need are a few simple materials that you may already have around the house. This project is fun for kids and adults to make and having your very own personalized snow globe feels magical no matter what your age.

Make a mini garden snow globe.


  • of your choosing, such as those intended for (for this project I used one topiary with a star topper, two cardinals, and a watering can)
  • Mason jar with wide mouth and little or no writing on the sides
  • Canning ring and snap lid

Make it!

First, choose the objects you want to use and try setting them up different ways until you get the scene you want. Try holiday or winter themed items or objects in red and green for a Christmassy snow globe. Or do something wild and unexpected, like a tropical scene. It?s completely up to you! I chose garden-related objects with a holiday theme.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Position your objects on top of the plastic canning lid the way you want them to be laid out inside the snow globe.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Keep your scene small enough that everything fits easily on the center of the lid. The glass of the Mason jar will magnify the scene, making the snow globe look fuller once it is all put together.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Use the waterproof adhesive to glue down the objects in the positions you want them in.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Allow the adhesive to dry for a few hours to make sure it is completely set.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Glue the plastic lid down onto the underside of the snap lid, making sure not to get any adhesive on the orange ring around the outside edge of the lid. The orange ring is the seal, which will not work to keep liquid inside if it gets glue on it. Some waterproof adhesive expands when it dries, so keep that in mind and give yourself some extra room around the snap lid?s seal.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Fill the jar with water, glycerin, and some glitter. The consistency of the mixture will be different depending on how much glycerin you add (the glycerin makes it thicker so that the glitter falls slower), so start with mostly water and add glycerin gradually until you like how the liquid moves the glitter when you shake it up.

I used fairly small glitter, but not superfine. It clumped together a bit, which made it look more like snow.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Now it?s time to put the snow globe together! Add a bit more water to the jar so that it is very full. You?ll want to do this next step over the sink as there will likely be some spillover. Carefully screw the lid onto the jar so that the miniature scene stands up inside it. If your jar has writing or patterning on one side, try to position the scene so that it faces the part of the jar that is completely clear and smooth to give you the best possible view.

Make a mini garden snow globe.

Wipe off any liquid that spilled over the sides, seal the lid with waterproof sealer so that the ring stays in place permanently. Turn the jar upside down, and you have a whimsical snow globe ready to set somewhere in your home or give as a gift.

Make a mini garden snow globe.




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Does it surprise you to learn that window boxes are back ?in?? You read that right! Just as beards and knitting have made a resurgence in popular culture, the humble window box is back and it?s not just an old fashioned begonia holder anymore. Window boxes are small-space, vertical planters that provide the opportunity to garden even if you don?t have a lot of room.

Make a Winter Window Box

I?m always up to plant something new, but alas, I have no window box. I have windows (lots of them, luckily), but there isn?t one that has the right fit for a window box planter. The front windows are just above a bench that would be unpleasant to sit at with a planter hovering over your head. The back of the house?s windows are on the second story and the windows open outwards, both making gardening there difficult.

But just as Goldilocks kept searching for just the right thing, I went on the hunt for a vintage wood window (thank you Craigslist!) to fit a cedar planter box I had in my garden shed.


Hooray! These two easy pieces make the most charming winter window box planter and add a focal point to my deck.

materials for making an easy window box planter

First I will show you the steps to recreate this simple DIY project, then keep reading to see some of the great plant combinations I chose to last throughout the winter.

Sponsored content: This post is sponsored by my besties over at , who also provided me with the plants for the project. We also have a Shop.Monrovia.com giveaway happening now. You can see the details at the end of this post. Read on my friends, it gets even better from here!

Recycled Window Box Planter

window box for winter


  • Salvaged wood frame window (white chippy paint is a MUST)
  • Cedar window box measuring the width of the window
  • Cedar 1?2 scrap wood

Make it!

Can you imagine my luck? The cedar window box that I had in the garage was the exact dimensions of the vintage window I found on Craigslist! I?m not completely certain this is luck though, as both were 24? long and likely that is a standard size for both a window and a window box planter. My hope is that it?s as easy for you to find the supplies as it was for me.

The cedar planter has a decorative lip on it which prevented it from sitting flat up against the window. A scrap piece of cedar board attached to the back of the planter acts as a shim that allows the window and box to fit together like perfect puzzle pieces.

Make a simple winter window box

Use a power drill to attach the shim to the box, and then attach the box to the window. Then give the box a coat or two of exterior latex paint to match the window.

how to make a window box for winter

That?s it! A seriously simple project. Now let?s get to the planting.

I had a lot of fun trying to decide what to plant in my winter window box. I love the idea of adding live plants and those that provide winter interest. Here are some great choices from Monrovia.

planting a winter window box

Plants for a Winter Window Box

 (shown above) is a small variety of spruce that has a dense, pyramid shape perfect for topiaries. When young, it has bright green foliage that turns to a gorgeous shade of grayish green when it reaches maturity.

?s (shown above and left) glossy green leaves turn to a deep, beautiful purple in the fall. It has small white bell-shaped flowers in the summer and fragrant bright red berries in fall and winter.

(shown above) has deeply dramatic purplish green leaves and bright crimson flowers. This groundcover performs well in containers as well as in rock gardens or as a border plant.

(shown below) has stunning evergreen silvery-white foliage that gets a lavender tinge as the temperature drops. It produces sunny yellow flowers in the summer. Bonus: the foliage is edible!

(shown below and right) is a round-shaped holly bush with dense, glossy green foliage that gets a burgundy tinge in the cooler seasons. Scallywag is evergreen and disease resistant.

(not shown but worth a mention) is a lovely groundcover in the summer when the little blue flowers cover the entire plant. In winter, this gorgeous evergreen turns a bronze-purple color that makes it perfect for year-round interest.

I tried out a few of these combinations to see which one I liked the best. This one with the Scallywag holly, Cape Blanco stonecrop, and a battery-operated candle was beautiful, but I wanted something I could leave outdoors and not fuss with all winter. The candle would need to be removed whenever it rained, and since that is pretty much every day in the winter, I redesigned the window box.

how to design and plant a window box for winter

I ended up with three Tiny Tower dwarf Alberta spruce planted with festive Very Berry wintergreen, and moody Dragon?s Blood stonecrop.

How to make and plant a window box for winter

I love the result and know that it will look great all winter long, with minimal effort from me.

How to Care for a Winter Window Box

As the temperature drops, so do care needs. If you have chosen plants that are suitable for your zone and provide winter interest, you have done 90% of the work already.

a wonderful window window box

Cold climate gardeners should choose winter container plants that are at the full size that you want them, as they won?t grow in cold weather.

If you are in a warm climate, continue to care for the plants as directed on the plant tags.

If you live in a colder climate where the soil freezes, then you will provide limited water in the fall before the temperature drops, and won?t need to water in the coldest months. They will hunker down for winter and continue to look fabulous during the season.

Make a simple window box planter for winter


We are currently giving away a $50 gift card to  so you can pick out just the right plants for your own window box! This contest is now closed. 

Want even more winter garden ideas? Check these out!

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