These little winter wonderlands in a jar are a fun and inexpensive holiday or winter decoration. They’re super easy to make, requiring little skill and just a few items.
And I should know because I made 8 of them. We have our annual family Christmas party this weekend. We have a large extended family and the party is always a great time – and my family is the best. I told my mom I would help her and do the centerpieces this year. She usually buys pretty poinsettias for each of the tables but I had this idea in mind so I told her I would take it on. I would make these little winter wonderlands in glass jars and decorate them with all different bristle brush trees, fun holiday figures, and lots of snow.
I love how these winter scenes came out, and I think they’ll look great decorating the tables, but I don’t think I was all that helpful. Since we needed 8 centerpieces, that meant 8 of everything. Including the 1 gallon glass jars with red metal lids.
Once I saw these jars (at Walmart!), I knew we had to use them. So I sent my mom on a wild goose chase to find said jars. But we (she) did it. I think buying the poinsettias might have been a lot easier.
This is a really great project to do in place of baking holiday cookies, or making a gingerbread house. Or they make a great party craft if you’re hosting. They’re fun, you can customize them, and go home with a cute decoration. You just might not want to limit your jar style to the 1 gallon glass jars with the red lids. Plus they’re gone.
To make your own little winter wonderland, you’ll need the following materials:
- Glass jar with a twist on/off lid. The jars I used are out of stock online but the stores have several sizes, most with silver lids now.
- Bristle brush trees. I found several different kinds, colors, and sizes at Michael’s and Target stores.
- Other small holiday figures. I used mostly outdoor figures such as sleds, signs, snowmen and gifts by which I found all at Michael’s.
- Faux snow flakes – also at Michael’s store. This product is similar.
- Hot glue
- Coordinating ribbon, baker’s twine and jingle bells.
First, I arranged the elements to my winter scene by how they could fit in each jar. I used 2-4 trees per jar, a few other winter figures such as sleds, signs, snowmen and wrapped presents. Then I used my hot glue gun and attached each piece to the bottom of the jar, starting with the largest ones. I kept some of the smaller pieces to attach later – on TOP of the snow.
It’s a little awkward to keep reaching into the jar.
There’s no right or wrong way to place the items. The only things I considered was that the jar could be viewed from all angles. And I placed the larger pieces closer to the center of the jar but not exactly centered.
Once I finished gluing all the larger elements onto the bottom of the jar, I glued the snow on. I just went in sections, adding hot glue to the bottom of the jar and placing the snow on top. I did my best to glue all the snow but some of it will still be loose and that’s ok because it looks more realistic. When I was done filing the entire bottom with snow, I went back over any open spots and added more glue and snow.
For some of the smaller elements such as the gifts and signs, I just glued them right on TOP of the snow so they didn’t get covered. When all the items were placed, I went back and cleaned up any stray glue pieces and attached the lids.
I added some ribbon around the mouth of the jars, just under the lids. It’s a small area so my ribbon is 1/4″ wide.
I wrapped it around twice and tied it in a knot a little off-center.
Then I added the jingle bells. I used silver and white bakers twine to attach these to the mouth of the jars too. Again, wrapping the twine around a few times. I like the bells staggered a bit.
I used these wood chargers as a base for the finished jars. I found them at Target for $3 – so cute.
Mary Cavalier says
OMG Lori !!!! You blow me away !!!! Why can’t I live five minutes from you and your dear Mom !!!! I adore your “Christmas in a jar” and love the little kid making a snowman the best !!!
By the time I buy gifts for our five and four spouses and fourteen grandkids plus other family members, and other Chriwtmas related stuff I know if I tried to use our glue gun I’d burn to death !!!
Ha ha ha ha ha !!!!!!
Lol and lol, Mary Cavs
Thanks Mary Cavs!! You’re the best cheerleader. You always make me feel great! I loved your Christmas card – big hugs to everyone. Would love to get my parents out to see you….
Have a great holiday!!
DearCreatives (@DearCreatives) says
Super cute. I love the jars you found. I have made a few in mason jars but, really like the size of these jars. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & shared.
Thank you – they were a big hit at the party and mine looks so cute on my table 😉