Holiday Terrariums & Snow Globes Made with Glass Hurricanes & Cloches

DIY Holiday Terrarium and Snow Globe Craft Project

The holidays are my favorite time of year simply for the decorations. I’m more excited to decorate my home for the season, than a kid is on actual Christmas morning. To me there’s no such thing as too many lights, or too much sparkle. To prepare to decorate for this upcoming holiday season, I wanted to use the glass cloches and glass hurricanes I had on hand to create my own festive Christmas terrariums or snow globes of sorts. This idea is a super simple and easy way to make your own custom Christmas decorations!

I started off by gathering the elements to my holiday scene. You can use anything festive for the holidays that you love – it just needs to be small enough to fit in your containers!

DIY Holiday Terrarium and Snow Globe Craft Project

christmas ornaments

I selected small ornaments like a Santa, his sleigh, a few reindeer, a church, and tiny bottle brush trees. I love glitter, so for snow I wanted to use the really glittery extra fine snow flurries, Original Buffalo® Iridescent Snowflakes.

 

Here’s a list of the ornaments I used from Joann’s Craft store:

Decorating your glass pieces is really simple! For a festive Christmas glass hurricane I used started by filling the bottom with snow and then layered in my decorations. My theme here was a reindeer scene.

Here’s another version with a ombre glittered reindeer.I also made the bottle brush trees in the back of these hurricane scenes! I’ll be sharing a DIY on how to craft those yourself soon 🙂

You can also use any glass cloches displays you have to add a bit of festive christmas decor to your kitchen. Here I used my favorite white marble and gold cloche to create a fun scene with Santa picking out his Christmas tree.

 

I love cloches, so I had to fill them all with festive scenes! Here’s another decoration idea, very reminiscent of a traditional snow globe scene. I used a small christmas church and snow with my rustic rose gold cloche.

I added the Holiday hurricane decorations throughout my home for a beautiful Christmas display.

Hope you are inspired by my festive creations to create your own holiday terrariums and snow globes with your glass hurricanes and cloches! My displays truly make me happy, and sometimes even so overjoyed I become sappy.  Tis the season! I may just keep these out all winter because they are so precious!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Glass hurricane   (Mine is from local garden store Laurel Nursery/Garden Center, Inc. Glass hurricanes are also available at at craft stores, dollar stores, home stores etc.)

  • Glass cloches   (Mine are both from Homegoods)

  • Small christmas ornaments   (Joann’s Craft Store – linked above)

  • Buffalo Snow® Extra-Fine Flurries   (Michael’s Craft Store – or Amazon linked above)

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Holiday Wine Bottle Craft for Festive Decorations

winter wine bottles decorations

As you prepare to dress your home for the holidays, get festive by creating winter wonderland themed decorations, by re-purposing your leftover wine bottles. I love these snowman & snowflake holiday decorations, they’re just creative & fun! For winter wonderland designs, I like to use the blue wine bottles for colorful contrast to create sparkly designs on top of.

Remove the Wine Bottle Label

The first step is the hardest part! If you can get through cleaning the wine bottles, removing the sticky labels and glue residue – then the rest is just fun! Some wine bottle labels can be really tricky to remove.

I start by running the bottle under warm water and scrape using a handled dish-washing brush with a scraper. If that doesn’t work, I try soaking the bottles in hot soapy water until the water turns cold. The labels should separate and lift off easily.

If not, I mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part vegetable oil (or whatever cheap cooking oil you are willing to sacrifice from the kitchen) to create a thick paste, about the consistency of Elmer’s glue. This mixture should dissolve any stubborn glue or label. I slather this mixture onto the label or leftover glue residue and leave it over night.

Then, I return to the sink to scrub off the stickiness. A final wash with dish-washing soap is needed to remove the oil & baking soda mixture. You’ll want a clean, residue-free wine bottle before spraying, painting, or gluing anything on it.

Festive Winter Wonderland Designs

One crafty idea is to use Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint to create fun and colorful “snow” background on the wine bottles. You can find many colors of this glitter spray at craft stores, big box stores, home improvement stores and their corresponding online sites. I find it’s often cheapest online through Amazon, around $6 a bottle.

 I always spray outside in the lawn with cardboard down on the grass for protection. I wear a mask and safety eye glasses, as this spray is strong and comes out in a solid stream and glitter does get everywhere. This glitter spray is something to adapt to working with – but easier once you get a hang of it.

Definitely shake the can well for at least two minuets and spray from at least 3 feet away for an even consistency. If you spray too close the spray gets wet and runs.

I let this layer dry for overnight before starting on the decorative elements. Make sure to clean out the spray nozzle before the glitter dries and clogs the nozzle .

For a simple, easy to create design, you can create a fun holiday design with gemstone embellishments from the craft store. Below are links to the stickers I’ve used in the past. They already have adhesive on the back, but you can add a bit of clear glue if you’re finding they won’t stick to the bottle. Here are the snowman stickers & stems I used from Michael’s Craft Store:

Winter Stems:

Here’s another winter wonderland design idea using a 1.5L Magnum clear glass wine bottle and a sangria glass jug. Here are the snowflake stickers I used from Michael’s Craft Store & Amazon :

The festive snowman picks are similar to these stems:

Using silver spray paint is another glam option. The most important part is to have fun with your holiday creations 🙂

Materials I used for this project:

  • Krylon Glitter Blast Spray Paint

  • Snowflake & Snowman Gemstone Stickers   (Michael’s Craft Store and JO Ann’s Craft Store, Amazon linked above)

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Christmas Home Decor Markets

Christmas Home Decor Market

The holidays are my favorite time of year simply for the decorations. I’m more excited to decorate my home than a kid is on Christmas morning. To me there’s no such thing as too many lights or too much sparkle. To prepare for this upcoming holiday season, I returned to my favorite home decor shopping areas of Frederick & Buckeystown Maryland and Leesburg Virginia. About a three hours drive from Pittsburgh, these towns are overflowing with home decor shops filled with treasures.

Chartreuse & Co.

We started the day of treasure hunting in Buckeystown, Maryland at Chartreuse & co. This is a co op space of a few charming farm buildings filled with antiques and upcycled treasures. One day I will own a kitchen hutch from here. This visit was filled with beautiful holiday finds.

Sweet Clover Barn

To continue the tour, we visited Sweet Clover Barn, a vintage home decor and handmade marketplace housed in a dairy barn on a horse farm in Frederick, Maryland.

I bought myself a charming vintage Santa mug and festive plaid place mats.

Old Lucketts Store

We then ventured on to the Old Lucketts Store, which was filled to the brim inside and outside with treasures of all kinds. They were having a special holiday design show house this weekend and the line to get inside was an hour’s wait! Again, I really couldn’t believe how much stuff was there. Every time I turned a corner there was another festive room and another decorated stairwell to explore.

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I found a Christmas tree shaped sled and a bottle brush tree cloche ornament to take home as my own.

 

It’s an amazing magical Christmas decor land right!? I can’t wait to work in my new holiday pieces into my Christmas decorations this year. My bank account is lucky we don’t live any closer to this epicenter for home decor, or I’d be there shopping every week. Now onto working towards buying a house I can fill with all my current and future finds.

There are a few more special market weekends at these stores through December, make sure to check their websites to see when they are open!

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Festive Fall Home Decor

WHITE PUMPKINS SOERGELS ORCHARDS

Welcome Home Fall, Autumn Home Tour

So long, summer! Summer is always fun while it lasted, but eventually it becomes time to welcome fall. The change in weather means colorful fall leaves are outside, and inside I’m ready for candles and seasonal redecorating!

Decorating for this festive season means embracing warm color, and enhancing coziness. I love every single thing about fall, the golden hues, the crisp air, the pumpkin flavors, the warm mulled wine, the festive food – literally everything! I may go overboard when it comes to bringing in fall touches to my home, but I have no control of my enthusiasm for all things fall. For me, every surface is game for something fun. I’ve counted 28 pumpkins in my displays!

Fall a great season to decorate for because you can bring out the decorations in September and keep out your festive fall items through Thanksgiving. Check out my festive home decor ideas for inspiration on making the transition from bright summer colors to the fall’s warmer, richer hues.

 

Shelf Switch Up

I gushed about how thrilled I am to have my own hanging shelves to display my treasures on. Well this space is even more amazing because I can switch it up each season 🙂

Handmade Wine Bottle Decorations

I not only love wine, but I love upcycling the bottles and crafting decorations out of wine bottles.

  

Sundays spent at home with all my favorite fall things 🤗

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The best home decor is made by your own hands 🤗

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Embrace the Festiveness of Fall

I have no problem having fun with my home decor. I find most items on a budget at Homegoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Joann Crafts and Michaels Craft.

I can almost feel fall in the air! Getting ready for pumpkin spice season 🎃🙌🏻

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Some of my favorite new fall things ☺️

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Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Show House

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Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House is described as a “refined, but casual residence that combines the rustic woodland spirit of the new Forest Edge neighborhood in Cranberry Township with the modern character of Infinity Custom Homes.” The 3rd annual show house is sponsored by Pittsburgh’s best home decor brands and tour ticket proceeds benefit The Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

It’s certainly a show house worthy of the hashtags #dreamhome and #housegoals – try not to drool over these pictures. I had a hard time keeping my mouth off the ground during my visit. Be prepared to start saving your pennies if you’re dreaming of making this palace your home, its valued at $1.45 million.

The Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

I mean, they could have made the island a bit bigger…

Entertainer's Basement

The Wet Bar

I love the soft grey-green color of the cabinets and the marble backslash in the lantern shaped mosaic.

Open Living Room

With formal white built-in shelving.

Elegant, but not stuffy, dining room

Look at that chandelier!

 

First-floor guest suite

Blue wall color: Celestial Blue.

Disney-themed kids room

Yes I want that tufted velvet couch. The kids furniture is from Ethan Allen Disney line.

Master bedroom suite

More fun, glittery chandeliers!

Yes, there’s another wet bar in the mater suite

More wine storage!

White marble bathroom of dreams

Seriously … the white marble tile!

Show-stopping walk-in closet

 

Hidden room in closet

Push open the built in wardrobe to find a secret room.

Luxe laundry room

I’d be more willing to be a laundress if I had this beautiful laundry room with patterned tile and sage green cabinetry.

 

Entertainer’s Basement

This is more than a finished basement.

Stellar, Wine Cellar

A room made for storing wine? Yes please.

Workout Room

Maybe a room specifically for working out would help motivate me to do so?

 

Attic Space Hangout

Yes, there’s another kitchen space, loft, bunk space and bathroom on the huge third floor.

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