DIY: Retro bottle brush snow globes

How cute are bottle brush trees? After seeing so many evergreen colored varieties, I was thrilled to find these retro inspired ones a few months ago. I had to temporarily transport myself into Christmas mode to purchase them out of season for fear I’d never see them again. I also had to remind myself daily that I owned them for fear they’d end up in a random craft drawer or box, never to be seen again. 

Alas, it’s Christmas time and my little DIY bottle brush snow globes are constructed and all is right with the world.

I love little retro and vintage touches at Christmas time, especially when they’re cute keepsakes that still blend well with the rest of your decor. But if you prefer to stick with the traditional colors of Christmas, then just use the green or cream colored trees. 

I think these would make the sweetest gifts for friends’ night stands, bathrooms, or desks. I also think they’d be cute if made in different sized jars to display a bunch of them together, maybe on a windowsill or something. 

This is such a fast and easy project—I plan on adding it to my permanent DIY repertoire. The finished product looks like it came from Anthropologie—if I do say so myself!

Here’s what you need

Mini bottle brush trees, such as these, that are at least 3-4 inches in height
Wider mouth ball jars; I used pint size with 3-4 inch trees
Artificial craft snow, such as this
Hot glue gun

Here's how you make them

The pictures below show every step of the quick DIY process, so follow along here, supplemented by some additional text below.

Put a small amount of hot glue on the lid where you'd like to place your first tree (in the middle if using a singular tree, off to the side a bit if you're using two trees). Quickly place tree on hot glue and hold still until adhered. Repeat with other tree. Put lid back together and set aside. 

Take a couple pinches of snow and place in jar. It should't be too much—maybe a half-inch or so, and if you need to add more or take some out later, you can always readjust. Tilting the jar to the side, replace cap and lid, carefully pushing trees inside the jar, and screw on. Shake to get the snow to fall down evenly, and you're done! 

You'll have made a whole bunch of these in no time flat! Give them away unwrapped with just a cute gift tag, but keep at least one for yourself!