Tuesday, December 20, 2011

[Make] Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Ornaments

Last week I did a guest post at Under the Table & Dreaming
click on the button above to see all of the fabulous ornaments!

I shared the tutorial for these Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Ornaments--
In case you didn't see it, here's the tutorial again!


These ornaments are inspired by the mason jar snow globe trend that I've been seeing everywhere this season.

photos via anthropologie
I found myself pinning a bunch of snow globe ideas on Pinterest, but since I have young boys who are still in the "throwing" and "climbing on the tables" phase, I thought I'd have to shelve the idea for another year.  But then, I thought-- ORNAMENTS... out-of-reach ornaments... I can do ornaments! And that's how these Snow Globe ornaments were born.
click "Read more" for the tutorial

Snow Globe Ornament Tutorial
What you'll need:
clear ornaments (i used both orb and "hockey puck" shaped ornaments)
glitter spray paint (krylon glitter)
faux evergreen garland (one that you don't mind taking a few branches off of)
styrofoam blocks (or fake snow)
glue dots (zots) or a hot glue gun
funnel (rolled-up paper also works)
white spray paint (optional)
tinsel glitter (optional)
puffy paint (optional)

Step 1: Create Mini Trees
Clip off a few branches of a faux evergreen garland--
Cut the branches to fit inside your ornament and trim until it resembles a tree--
for reference, this tree is 2.5 inches tall. 
for a cypress look, it is trimmed with the needles pointing up…  

for a christmas tree shape, trim it with the needles pointing down.
Flock your trees using white & glitter spray paint--
for the same effect, you can also sponge on white acrylic & glitter paint.
Set aside the trees to dry.


Step 2: Prepare the Snow
Rub together two blocks of styrofoam--

instant snow!
Step 3: Assemble the Ornaments
Using short blasts, lightly spray the inside of the ornament with glitter spray and let dry--
Using a glue dot or your hot glue gun, put a dot of glue on the base of the tree--
Use tweezers to "plant" the tree in the ornament--

it may take a little finagling to get the tree positioned correctly, so the glue dot is much more forgiving than hot glue. push down until the tree is firmly in place.
Using a funnel, add foam snow/and or glitter to the ornament and give a little shake--
through the magic of static cling, some of the snow will stick to the sides of the ornament.  btw, this effect doesn't work without the glitter spray... i tried.
Ta-Da!  A Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Ornament!

But that's not all! There's definitely room to experiment.
For some ornaments I used glitter spray paint & foam snow--

Some I used white spray paint & foam snow--
use short blasts of white spray paint (or primer) to get a snowy effect. let dry before adding trees and snow.
This one has just tinsel glitter--
give a little shake and the tinsel glitter will stick to the sides of the ornament.
And this one has foam snow inside--
the "snowcap" on top of the ornament is white puffy paint and a sprinkle of foam snow.
And there you have it... Lots of fun Winter Wonderland Snow Globe Ornaments!

Hope you're having a terrific week!

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