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!

Gingerbread Man Ornament

The Gingerbread Men

Something about felt makes it a go to material when making ornaments. You can sew it, glue it, fold it, cut it, roll it, or just about anything else! I found this Eco-fi felt, made of recycled plastic bottles, at Michael’s. The color is called Copper Canyon and I thought it would be a great base for a gingerbread man. I used Google images to find a template for a Gingerbread man and then just re-sized it to make my ornament about 4″ tall and 3″ wide. I made three of them using one square of felt that costs 29 cents!

Materials

 The rest of the supplies I needed were things I had at home, fabric glue, scissors, ribbon, white puff paint, and embellishments for bow ties and buttons.

Step One

Trace your Gingerbread man onto the felt using a disappearing ink marker for fabric. If you don’t have this type of marker you can just cut out your gingerbread man a little more carefully to avoid the marker lines. You will need two cut outs for one ornament.

Step Two

Once your Gingerbread men are cut out you will need to cut a length of ribbon for hanging. Loop your ribbon so the ends meet and use fabric glue to attach the ribbon to the head of the gingerbread man.

Step Three

Using fabric glue, attach the remaining gingerbread man to the first one. Glue them together so that the ribbon is hidden between the felt pieces. You can trim away any felt that doesn’t match up along the sides. Now you have a double thick felt gingerbread man ready to hang.

Step Four

While a plain Gingerbread Man is cute, I wanted to decorate mine. I used a few tiny snips of this amazing ribbon for bow ties. The ribbon has little red fuzzy dots. Make a bow tie by cutting just two dots in length and pinching the middle, use a little dot of fabric glue to secure. Then I trimmed the corners of brown ribbon so that you only see the red part. You can use the pinching and gluing method on pretty much any kind of ribbon and get a bow look, or buy tiny pre-made bows.

Step Five

Using Fabric glue, attach the bow tie and “buttons”. I used little rhinestone gems for a dressed up look.

Step Six

Now it’s time for the “icing”. I used a glossy white fabric paint that dries with a raised texture. I chose to outline the Gingerbread man and add eyes and a mouth. You could do the same or just make squiggly lines on the arms and legs. There are lots of decorating ideas in Google images if you need some hints. This particular paint needs to dry for about four hours before you can hang your Gingerbread Man. Enjoy making these adorable and affordable little guys! Feel free to share a picture of your creation.

Felt Christmas Ornament

Today I “felt” like sewing a little something. I decided to make a few Christmas ornaments. I gathered up some supplies I had on hand and got to work. A few hours later I had two ornaments and a good start on my new audio book! All you need to make one of your own is two colors of felt, a few inches of matching ribbon, and a few beads.

Step One

First cut out your front and back pieces for the ornament. I chose white felt and an oval shape. I used a decorative scissor for a wavy edge. Then cut out your embellishment. I chose green felt for a simple tree shape.

Step Two

Stitch your embellishment piece to the front piece of your ornament. You could use fabric glue if you don’t want to stitch as much but I like the way it looks.

Step Three

Next I picked out some tiny glass beads in bright colors.  Stitch the beads onto the tree.

Step Four

Now place your front and back pieces together and stitch together. I used red embroidery thread, separated in half for three strands thickness. start the stitch in between the felt layers to hide the knot. continue stitching from just left of the top until you have about a 1.5″ opening left.

Step Five

Using a little bit of poly-fil or the stuffing of your choice, fill up your ornament. Don’t over stuff these, you just want a little shape and dimension.

Step Six

Finished Felt Ornament

To finish your ornament fold the ends of your ribbon in half so that you can insert the two flat ends between the felt. I like to stitch the ribbon this way so that  the ornament will hang facing front. Finish your stitch with the embroidery thread and stitch a couple of times through the ribbon to secure it. Tie off the thread in a small knot on the backside of the ornament. Enjoy!