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

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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

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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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Furniture Flip with DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

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The Before…

I searched for the perfect French Provincial set of dresser drawers for months. I looked through Craigslists, LetGo, Facebook groups, and second hand stores. There are lovely pieces at the various vintage stores I love in Frederick Maryland, but honestly most are out of my price point. Plus I wanted a piece I could flip and make my own, my mother wanted to help with a project. I finally found a piece I liked through Craigslist about an hours drive from where I live. It’s not exactly what I was looking for, but my mother and I both really just wanted to get started on a project together.  I paid $130 cash for this secondhand piece.

The Paint Color…

I researched pre-mixed chalk paints a lot before deciding I wanted to mix my own. I chose this route so I could pick my own color and not be limited to the premixed Annie Sloan or Amy Howard colors.

For my furniture piece I selected a shade soft purple gray called Cotton Flannel by Olympic Paints and Stains. I have always been a purple girl. I had two different purples paint colors in my room as a young girl and in my post-college apartment 🙂 I just couldn’t pick one!

The DIY Chalk Paint Recipe…

Mixing in water and Plaster of Paris obviously dilutes the quality and changes the consistency of the paint, so its best to use a decent quality paint.

Materials:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • quality interior latex paint in a flat sheen
  • plastic mixing bowl
  • cold water
This DIY chalk-finish paint can’t be mixed and stored to reuse later. To mix enough chalk-finish paint for one coat for an average sized 6 drawer dresser, use a ratio of 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris to 1/3 cup of cool water. Stir that combination until completely smooth. Then combine with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This makes only enough chalk-finish paint for one coat. Its best to dry completely and sand in before mixing another batch between coats.

 

The Furniture Flip After…

I wanted to take this piece to the next level with metallic detail. We used Rust-Oleum American Accents Champagne Gloss Metallic Latex Interior Paint to add stencil detail and border accent. We kept the hardware as is.  The drawer border stencil is Martha Stewart Crafts Laser-Cut Stencils, Flourish.

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I love the end product. It’s truly me. Some might not like the purple or the flourish details, but I do! This is what I love about DIY projects, making the piece your own. We can all take inspiration from what we see in Pinterest or Instagram. But I hope when it comes to the things we bring into our home, we don’t just emulate the look – we take inspiration and create our own version. I personally love the feeling of transforming something to reflect myself. I look forward to finding another piece to make my own soon!

 

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Valentine’s Day Decorations

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Happy February🌹! Whether you love or loathe the holiday, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to spread love ❤️ I’m excited to share a few handmade Valentine’s Day decoration pieces I’ve made to help celebrate! I am a true romantic, so I do love this holiday.

I made this LOVE painted bottle decoration set with Rustoleum’s metallic spray paint in gold, stickers, and upcylced kombucha bottles.

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This rose gold roses set is upcycled Four Roses Bourbon bottles. I love the shape, glass color and roses detail on these glass bottles! I decided to spray Rustoleum’s copper metallic spray paint just over the raised roses emblem.

Bourbon fuels my art in a different way 😉 upcycled Four Roses bottles 🌹#loveonourminds

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This piece vintage inspired piece is made from a spaghetti sauce jar. I used Rustoleum’s metallic in copper for the base and a Martha Stewart stencil and red pearl paint.

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This piece is a little different, my first use of chalk paint. I used a light pink FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk Paint on an Orangina glass bottle. It took about 5 coats to achieve a saturated finish. I used the pearl red Martha Stewart paint to freehand a large heart. I added the Be Mine detail with a Martha Stewart stencil and a Sharpie® Oil-Based Paint Marker, which I also used to freehand the arrow detail.

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I found this fun heart topped mason jar at the Target Dollar Spot! I couldn’t resist it and had to have one. I choose not to paint it, but fill it with fun metallic Valentine’s themed pompoms by Recollections at Michaels.

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While shopping at Michaels I of course found a few more treasures like these loose hearts and love arrow sign.

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I updated my open display shelving with all these fun Valentine’s day inspired pieces.

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Christmas vintage decor shopping tour

The holidays are my favorite time of year simply because of the decorations, lights and sparkle. I’m more excited to see decorations and decorate myself, than a kid is on actual Christmas morning. At 25 I already own an entire house’s worth of Christmas decor. To prepare for this upcoming holiday season, I returned to Frederick & Buckeystown, Maryland and Leesburg Virginia for another vintage decor shopping tour holiday edition. About 3 hours drive from Pittsburgh, these towns are flush with charming furniture & home decor shops filled with antique and farmhouse finds. This visit I was on the hunt for Christmas vintage decor.

We started the day in Buckeystown, Maryland at Chartreuse & co. which consists of a few charming farm buildings filled with antiques and upcycled treasures. This visit to the co op spaces featured mainly holiday and winter-themed pieces and a trunk of goods imported from Great Britain.

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Next on the tour, down the street was the Buckeystown Design Co Op. This is a bit more of an upscale and curated home decor shop. The festive holiday sparkle was plentiful.
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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.

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We then ventured on to the Old Lucketts Store,which was filled to the brim inside and outside with treasures of all kinds. Again, I really couldn’t believe how much stuff was there. Every time I turned a corner there was another room and another stairwell to explore. This visit, I realized there was a second home on the property filled with even more holiday splendor.

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Amazing magical Christmas decor land right!? BF is lucky we don’t live any closer to this mecca for home decor or I’d be there every weekend. Now onto finding a way to buy a house we can fill with all my current and future finds.

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