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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Projects & Progress

I’m in the middle of three (yes 3) DIY projects right now. Three that I’ve started at various times but haven’t been able to complete. I am still really excited to complete these three projects, it’s just finding the moment and energy to do so. I’m so excited about these projects, I need to share.

Kitchen Open Shelving

Through browsing on Instagram I’ve come to swoon over pictures of open display shelving. With the only open wall space in our teeny tiny kitchen, we’re going to build the most beautiful open shelving.

SIlent Storm paint color

I AM SOOO EXCITED. Seriously. I ordered the most charming and unique shelf brackets, as girly and swirly as my BF would let me go.

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I picked out beautiful pine wood board at The Home Depot. I chose to stain it a warm brown color we had leftover from earlier in our flip project. It’s a custom mixed color in a Zar interior stain, mixed to match the hue of our laminate flooring.

zar stain  zar stain

I can’t wait to hang the shelves and brackets! I just need an extra pair of hands to help me level the boards. My BF has been hard at work on his flip projects, but hopefully we’ll find a moment this weekend to get the shelves hung!

French Provincial Dresser

I searched for the perfect French Provincial set of dresser drawers for months. 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.  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 I really just wanted to get started on this project.  I paid $130 cash.

French provincial dresser

I researched 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. More to come on the color and recipe I used.

 

Small Mirrored Shelf

I found a charming mirrored shelf piece at the last Hannas town flea market in October. I think I paid $10 for it. I’ve started to antique the glass and will paint the wood, maybe charcoal grey? I think I might hang it in the bathroom, but am unsure it will fit the space.

mirrored shelf supplies to antique a mirror

Stay tuned for project updates…

If you can’t already tell, I really love to get hands on and make things my own. Plus I love decor pieces with soft curves and swirl aspects 🙂 I’m really hoping to wrap these projects up this weekend! Stay tuned for the details final reveals.

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Spring Refresh Home Decor

Spring Home Decor

Spring has sprung! Time for a home decor refresh! I gathered my favorite glass pieces and flowers from Jo-Ann Craft Store  to create my own spring blossom-inspired display.

I LOVE these new soft paper flowers from Jo-Anns. I couldn’t resist purchasing these purple lovelies. I set them in my antique teal large blue mason jar. I paired that with a few up-cycled pasta jars panted in a soft teal chalk paint. The paint I used is FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk Paint

This rose gold 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.

The larger bottles are upcylced Moscato bottles with the same metallic spray paint.

I love combining different types of gold in my decor and recycling pieces throughout the season. All it takes to transition is mixing in pops of seasonal color.

I updated my silver mercury glass tub for Spring with more of the lovely paper flowers from Jo-Anns.

This charming slate board is a gift from Pampered Chef!

spring home decor

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Spring Home Decor

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Holiday Home Tour

If it isn’t already obvious, I love Christmas. More specifically Christmas decorations. Glitter and sparkle and lights in pretty much any form. I will not apologize or feel foolish for the festiveness or cheesiness of my Christmas decorations. They are my pride and joy. I actually said to my BF I’d rather he crash my car than break any of my Christmas decorations. I may or may not have been serious…

With very limited floor or counter space for two adults to function in our tiny apartment already, I’ve really tried to only display a few holiday decor items in a few select areas. This is an extremely difficult and emotional challenge for me as I have already acquired or inherited a full home’s worth of festive decorations. I truly hate having to be very selective with what I display.

My baby tree features ornaments from my childhood some handmade, others collected throughout the years. 90% have faces, as in they are Christmas characters like Santa, snowmen, gingerbread men & women, a moose, a bear, a penguin, a couple of reindeer, even my star has a cute face. I love it. Most of my ornaments are from Pier One Imports.

Next to the tree I redecorated our open display shelves with all my favorite items. It may be a bit much, but this is really the only space I have to work with, so all of my favorite sparkly things are in one place. My bronze and golds shelves feature my bronze  candle votives I found at Buckeystown Design Co. op and the rose gold candle stick holders from Chartreuse and Co.. The bronze candle holder is from At Home.

My silver shelf has my snowflake candle holders from Bath & Body works. They seem to have a new version of this every year and my Mom gets me them as a Christmas gift. I love them.

My color changing trees are from Costco!

I really hate that my lamp shades are so plain, and no surface is un-decoratable, so I added a white poinsettia to each.

My entryway table features one of my favorite wine bottle creations with fun snowflakes.  I filled a sangria jug with loose glitter and the most adorable Snowmen stems from Michaels craft store. 

In the bedroom I snuck in a few more of my wine bottle decorations featuring very festive snowmen.  My favorite Pier One find from last year was these snowflake wine glasses. Can you tell I like wine?!

I also made this winter wonderland themed wine bottle decor set. I love that they are cartoon-ish and fun.

I got a little mesmerized by all the festive stem selections at the craft stores this year. I now have a huge stock (hidden from BF). I don’t have much red anywhere else, so I arranged some of my red finds in my silver mercury glass tub. I love the colors.

Whelp now you know why I am always covered in glitter and why I am not so fashionable. I spend all my money on Christmas decorations! And no I won’t feel remorse of any kind. My displays truly make me happy, and sometimes even so overjoyed I become sappy.  I will be so lost when I have to pack it all away. My poor BF! I really did try to practice restraint 😜

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