Snow Dome Ornaments

In recent years I’ve seen a lot of neat vintage looking Christmas ornaments in the stores. The ornaments have a glass globe or bell covering a little winter scene. I’ve been wanting to make some of my own but had a hard time finding small glass coverings to use. I had pretty much given up hope. This year, my sister came across a tutorial called, DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments, showing how to make your own using plastic wine glasses. The idea for the material and how to turn it into a bell shape were perfect. I’m so glad she found this helpful hint which allowed me to finally make my own vintage looking ornaments.

Santa and the Snowman
Santa and the Snowman

We bought our plastic wine glasses at the Dollar Tree. Lucky for me, my boyfriend has a Dremel rotary cutting tool and he was able to saw off the stems of the plastic glasses in just a few minutes time. I’m sure there are other tools you could use, but this was a suggestion in the tutorial we found, so we tried it. They won’t all be perfectly level, but handmade items are not always identical, and that’s why we love them!

Winter Gnome
Winter Gnome

For this project, your must have tools will be scissors, a glue stick, and a hot glue gun. You can choose from any number or ways to decorate your snow dome. I made the bases using patterned scrapbook paper glued onto cardboard or a cereal box. Use a circle template to trace a circle slightly larger than the rim of the glass onto the cardboard. You can cut this out with plain or decorative scissors for different looks.

To decorate the inside of the snow domes, you can use little toys, figures, or objects. I had a lot of fun using my rubber stamps to create unique little scenes. I stamped my images onto white paper and colored them with pens and colored pencils. I carefully cut them out using an X-ACTO knife. I used a little line or dot of hot glue to make the paper images stand upright on my bases. Continue adding all of your stand up elements.

Decorated base
Decorated base

Next, I glued the plastic dome onto the base using hot glue. To cover up the hot glue line, trim your glass with ribbon, paper, glitter, or pipe cleaner. I used pipe cleaner because it is easy to shape and dries quickly with hot glue. Then, fill your dome with fake snow, glitter, confetti, or in my case, tiny glass balls called Micro Marbles. You can get these in different colors, and a lot of scrapbook brands make them. The clear ones I used have a nice snow/ice look to them. I painted the bottom with opalescent glitter before pouring in the clear glass marbles, just for added sparkle.

Different style toppers
Different style toppers

To close up the opening in your snow dome, you can use a little hot glue and a bead or button. I had some clear buttons that were just the right size, slightly bigger than the hole in the glass. Tie your thread or string that you are using to hang your ornament through the bead or button and use a dot of hot glue to keep the string attached to the underside of the button, that way it won’t fall into your snow globe when it’s not hanging up. Remember to add your string before you glue it closed! I used the clear button by itself, but on others, I added a second button, or a matching pipe cleaner trim. I even made a dome with a glittery ball that is just a shelf decoration instead of an ornament. The only limit is your creativity.

Vintage Charm
Vintage Charm

The above snow dome was made using a rubber stamped image of a typewriter, and metal brads in the shape of typewriter keys. By adding a seasonal message like the word, “joy”, you can turn any image into a festive decoration to match your interests or decor.

Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays

I love this rubber stamp of a great big old house. I use it for lots of things but couldn’t resist adding simple touches like candles and a wreath on the front door. I made little trees for the front by trimming green pipe cleaner at an angle to create the shape of a tree. You could make these using photos of your own home or special restaurants or hotels to commemorate events. These would make a special gift for those hard to shop for people we all know.

A dome for any occasion
A dome for any occasion

As you can see, I was having way too much fun with these! Don’t limit yourself to Christmas ornaments, or even ornaments for that matter. Above, I made this adorable squirrel that will look great displayed on a shelf, mantle, or table. This woodland dome will look great all year round. I made my own tree stump out of paper and pens, added cute little colorful acorns, and a rubber stamped squirrel. I can’t wait to make more of these for all kinds of holidays, occasions, or just for fun. This craft is a great way to pass the time with family and friends. The materials don’t cost much, especially if you utilize your rubber stamps, or cut out images from magazines and photographs. Plug in your glue guns and have fun!

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Felt Hearts Flower Pot

This craft is another creation put together with stuff I had in my supply stash. I had purchased some small paper mache boxes shaped like cupcakes. I decorated them last year but wasn’t too happy with them, the lids didn’t fit very well. I decided to toss the lids and just use the bottom like a flower pot. The base was already painted pink and I had added red flocking powder to the trim. I gave it one more coat of the flocking powder, using Elmer’s glue as an adhesive. With that finished I pulled out the other things I would need to finish this idea, wire for stems, styrofoam to fill the flower pot, sticky backed felt hearts, and some glitter.

Supplies

The flowers are super easy to make, use already cut felt hearts with sticky backs. I cut long lengths of the silver wire, you’ll trim them down when you assemble the finished piece. Simply place the wire between two matching hearts and press together, done! Once I had all of the flowers together I used hot glue to attach the styrofoam chunk inside the flower pot. I cut a pink paper circle to cover the top. Using Elmer’s glue, coat the paper circle in a layer of glue and sprinkle with glitter. I used a pink and white glitter mix. Once that dries you can hot glue it onto the styrofoam to cover your flower pot top, make sure to glue down all around the edge.

Flower Pot base

I decided I wanted a little decoration to tuck in with the flowers, kind of like the card you get when you order real flowers. I used a cream colored paper and some rubber stamps to make this one. I stamped the border in red ink and a cute little bee in black ink. I colored the bee with marker and stamped the words, “BEE MINE” in red ink on a separate piece of paper. I cut out the words and inked the edges black, then glued them onto the background. I punched out a small circle of the same cream colored paper and sandwiched a wire between it and the little bee tag.

“Bee Mine”

Now it’s time to assemble your flower pot. I used a little metal piercing tool I have to poke holes into the glittered base, this make the wire insert smoothly. I continued to punch holes and insert and trim my wires to different lengths until all were in place. I punched one last hole for the little tag and left it a bit longer than the tallest flower. I put a small dot of  Elmer’s glue on top of each hole so that it would sink down and dry to hold the wires in place. That’s it! A very easy craft to make, no special skills needed. You can even mix things up and use paper flowers or other shapes besides hearts. I thought this made an adorable Valentine decoration!

Finished Flower Pot

Pink Elephant Wreath

If you’ve read my blog before then it’s not a surprise that I love making wreaths. I especially like to cut out a base using cardboard from an empty cereal box. Using boxes you have lying around is a great way to make a simple wreath for any occasion. With the supplies you have on hand this project can be done for free without making a trip to the craft store. Over a year ago I bought a really cute pack of chipboard stickers that I just had to have. I’ve only used a few of them since then but still really like them. Some were just so large I didn’t know how to use them. One of them is pink elephant that is very cute. I decided that because I’m in the Valentine crafting spirit I could put the elephant to use. Having decided to make a wreath, I went digging for other red, white, and pink things to decorate with. I had a package of paper flowers that I hadn’t found a use for yet, perfect!

Wreath making supplies

I cut out two big circles from the cereal box and glued them back to back. Next I picked out a printed paper that would cover the front and back of the wreath. I glued the red striped paper down to each side and then cut a hole in the center of the wreath using my craft knife. To hang the wreath, I cut a length of sparkly red ribbon and tied the ends together and looped it onto the wreath. Time to decorate! I chose to use my hot glue gun for this because the quick drying time is great and the hold is strong. I started hot gluing my paper flowers at the top of the wreath and worked my way around until it was covered. I did all of large flowers first and then filled in areas with the smaller flowers. I glued some small flowers onto the a few large ones to accent them. With all of the flowers in place it was time for the elephant, I left the paper backing on the elephant sticker and used got glue to attach it to the bottom left side of the wreath.

Pink Elephant

With all the main pieces glued down, I added embellishments. I went through my binders and picked out pink, red, white, and purple things. I used hot glue to add my buttons, gemstone flowers, hearts, and pearls. Adding a little bit of sparkle and dimension all around the wreath really brought out the flowers and made them stand out individually.

Embellishment details

Now I have a cute wreath that is suitable as a Valentine decoration but can be hung up all year round. I hope that this project inspires you to use the things you already have to create something wonderful and new. Thanks for reading!

Pretty in Pink Elephant Wreath

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