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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Festive Fall Home Decor

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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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Handmade Fall Decorations

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It’s almost that time of year! That is the time to welcome fall into your home with rustic pumpkins, leaves, gords and other seasonal items. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. I love creating fall DIY decorations and festive displays.

I find therapeutic stress release in crafting. Tying that with my love for wine, I found the inspiration to upcycle wine bottles and other glass bottles into handmade decorations.  I realized how many bottles I was going through and throwing out. These creative painted wine bottle decorations make great vases, candle stick holders or they are great standing by themselves as decoration pieces.

For fall seasonal decor I’m using leaves and autumn colors in my DIY creations. Here’s a few DIY fall decoration ideas you can make with upcylced wine bottles and items found at the craft store.

Fall Decorations & Craft Ideas

Happy fall 🍂🍁🍃

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Grateful Fall Decorations

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Pumpkin Decor Ideas

Can't stop crafting! #🍁 #🎃

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It's Friday & I'm about to drink more wine to fuel my crafting habit. CHEERS!🍷🎃

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Thankful Fall Decorations

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Candy Corn Painted Glass Bottles

Candy corn is everyone's seasonal favorite right?! 💛🎃

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How to Customize a Rental Apartment

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Upgrade Your Rental

It can be a bit tricky when renting to create a space that is truly your own; while still ensuring the security deposit will be there when you go to leave. It’s really important for me to feel that where I live is a space for me to truly be “at home.” To me a home is a space that I’ve made my own. I’m so happy with the simple changes I’ve been gradually making to my boring basic apartment. I really feel small, personal touches make a difference in a space.

Here’s a few easy, budget-friendly, non-permanent things renters can do to make the temporary apartment feel like home sweet home (and not upset the landlord along the way).

1. Create a Welcoming Entrance

First impressions count. Visitors may come and go but you will always return home, so why not make your entry something for yourself!? The first thing I see when I enter my home are things I love. Including two unique treasures I was thrilled to find, a marble tiered shelf and a glass cloche with a golden cupcake emboss detail.  The shelf is something I love, just like everyone lately loves anything with with white marble. I found it for $18 at a local North Hills consignment shop. The cloche is something to display pretty things – with a gold cupcake on it – whats not to love!? I had to have it when I found it at Chartreuse and Co. for $12. I also have on display an upcylced painted wine bottle I made with one of my favorite flowers, colorful hydrangeas.

marble side table

2. Add a Pop of Color with Painted Wall Stencil

In most apartment buildings renters have the option to paint the walls. In my apartment there’s limited overhead lighting. Without much light, I didn’t see a full accent wall of the deep emerald paint color I’m obsessed with adding to the space. Painting a wall this deep saturated jewel tone would unfortunately darken the space even more. To create the pop of color I craved in the bland space I had a thought use a large wall stencil. I used a unique damask stencil (by Plaid Crafts) to add color, create visual interest and frame the sitting space in the living room. Before it looked like the couch was floating and randomly placed. Now there is more purposeful definition in the space.

My ottoman is from Homegoods and my couch is from Levin furniture.

3. Bring in Personal Touches with a Photo Gallery

If you couldn’t already tell, I totally have a Homegoods problem. The place gets me every time I visit, and I visit a lot. Its a shopping weakness I’ve had for over a decade. Yes, really over a decade. I started working at sister store TJ Maxx at age 15. One visit to my local Homegoods right after I moved I found these beautiful grey wood side tables from Basset Furniture. Just having moved into an empty apartment I had to have the matching tables to fill the voids of space! Now that I’m settled in I don’t really know where to put the tables, but still totally need them.

For now, I’ve decided to put them in an empty spot in the long narrow rectangular living room. To anchor the tables I started a simple picture frame gallery that I can fill out over time. Displaying  personal picture that capture moments and memories really helps to make a space feel homey.

4. Add Interest in Blank Spaces with Hanging Mirrors

It’s a common practice to add mirrors in a dark spaces to increase light. Mirrors are also regularly used in small spaces to trick the eye into thinking the space is larger. I like mirrors just cause they’re pretty. That’s it. I’ve amped up the boring spaces in my apartment by hanging unique mirrors on the walls.

This gold heart-shaped mirror is over-the-top and that’s exactly why I love it 🙂 I found it on a treasure hunt at the Old Lucketts Store. I hung this right by my front door.

 

This set of mirrors hanging in my hallway are a Homegoods find. These sets are usually stacked on the outward face section of the checkout aisle.

5. Build in Functional Storage

My motto is functional can still be beautiful. Even wine storage can make a statement. I really wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a beautiful spot to display and store my wine in.

In the bathroom I’ve hung a unique patina hanging shelf that I found on an home decor shopping trip to the Old Lucketts Store. I also found extremely functional clear bathroom storage at Homegoods. These storage pieces can go for $20-50 at department stores or the Container Store, but Homegoods usually has them in the clearance section for $8-$15!

 

 

6. Display Things that Bring You Joy

I have been dreaming about building an open shelving area to display my treasures for months. When making this space my temporary home I made it a point to create my dream shelves with charming, curly brackets. May seem silly to some, but having these shelves and knowing I made them myself – makes me so happy! Now I have a place to display my home decor  (basically my prized possessions)! Some pieces I made myself, others were found through flea markets & vintage shopping trips.

I also recently flipped a hanging shelf piece I found for $10 at a flea market. I’m so proud of making it my own, plus it’s functional! I’ll take any display area for pretty things that I can get.

Moral of the story, display the things that make you happy! Make what brings you joy a focus of your space.

I’ve also taken this thought through in the kitchen. I’m lucky enough to have plenty of counter space in the kitchen. I’ve used this space to display some more of my treasures. I’ve obviously got a thing for white marble & copper. I found all the marble pieces, copper utensils and Rae Dunn mugs at Homegoods or Marshalls. I found the white canisters with copper tops at Chartreuse and Co.

I decided to fill the blank space above the sink with a charming serving tray I found for $18 at Homegoods.

 

7. Find Furniture that Represents You

My style is very much french country, meets farmhouse, meets moroccan glam. I love anything ornate. I won’t go for anything simple, with straight lines or that’s lacking interesting details. I recently fell for a french country buffet sideboard piece from the Old Lucketts Store. My mother and I actually kind of fought over it 🙂 I really love the charm of the piece. I am for the moment using it as my TV stand, but one day hope to use it as true bar cart.

I’m attempting to hide all of the horrible chords and hardware that the awful Verizon cable company requires for basic service. I really don’t like cable companies, but really love this giant copper wine cooler I found at Wow Outlets in my hometown of Greensburg PA. Seriously home decor enthusiasts, go shop there, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

8. Upcycle & Paint Furniture To Make it Your Own

DIY Furniture flip

I recently found a French Provincial set of dresser drawers through Craigslist.  I paid $130 cash for this secondhand piece and immediately wanted to flip it with a chalk paint! I made my own chalk paint through this DIY chalk paint recipe and transformed the piece into something unique.

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!

 

9. Add Curtains and Rugs with Personality

Layering in area rugs and curtains can really bring a space to life and make it feel more complete, cozy and homey. These are items I don’t yet have, but that I’m looking forward to adding to my space in the future 🙂

The rug I’m dreaming of owning is this Jacquard Damask Rug, Turquoise from Ethan Allen

ethan allen damask turquoise rug

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