These are the perfect winter decorations for plant lovers: succulent snow globes! A snow globe is meant as a souvenir for a special place or time and I can’t think of anything more special to me than the garden.
I usually stay far away from artificial plants, but in this case I’ve fully embraced them! Of course, living plants would just not do in a project like this. Succulents and cacti would quickly complain about being soaked. Actual water plants need air and quite a bit more water to thrive.
I hope that you decide to craft up a succulent snow globe and make it part of your holiday decor this year.
Succulent Snow Globe Instructions
Makes one succulent snow globe
- Small round spice jar like these or these
- Artificial succulents or cacti
- Wine cork
- Large nail
- Gorilla Glue or waterproof adhesive
- White, iridescent glitter (not superfine)
- Vegetable glycerine
- Clear silicone sealer
Look for a succulent that will fit through the small opening of the spice jar as well as fit inside the globe. Trim the stem if necessary.
Cut a wine cork into three sections. If the succulent has no stem, glue it directly to the wine cork and allow it to dry. If the succulent has a stem, trim it to size and use the nail to make a hole to set the succulent stem in. Glue the stem into the cork and allow it to dry.
Next, glue the cork to the underside of the spice jar lid. Be sure not to get any glue on the seal around the inside of the lid. Gorilla Glue expands so keep it neat and the seal will be not be compromised when it’s filled with water.
Allow it to dry for 1-2 hours.
Fill the spice jar with water, and then add some glycerin and glitter. Choose white glitter that is small but not superfine. It will clump together with the glycerin and look like snow. The glycerin also helps to slow down the glitter’s movement so you can enjoy it for longer. I don’t have exact amounts to share as I simply added the glycerin and glitter then shook up the water to see if I liked the effect. It’s easy to adjust the consistency by adding more ingredients or more water.
When you are ready to assemble the snow globe, top the jar up with water so that it is full to the brim. Hold it over the sink and add the lid with the succulent and twist it into place.
Note: be sure to correctly position the succulent in the jar if there is a “front” to your design. The jar has a flat front / back and rounded sides so it’s best to test the position before gluing the succulent in for good.
Use a clear silicone sealer around the lid to hold it in place permanently.