Monday, 23 December 2013

last-minute Xmas craft: snow dome DIY


This Christmas I've been quite content with the idea of just baking cakes and planning the Christmas menu and all the cooking that goes with it. Instead of crafting or decorating extensively, I've been enjoying thinking about recipes, scouting and hunting for ingredients, as well as helping my boyfriend, who's a braver cook than I am, to try out some never-tried-before dish elements...

Instead of feeling guilty about the lack of festive crafting, I will share a little DIY that was prepared last year but never made the blog on time. It is a last-minute, suitably easy-peasy project that has every potential to end up in a simple yet charming snow dome.

Ingredients:
  • a figurine or a small group of objects - all must be water-resistant and non-porous!
  • die-cut glitter (the type that will sink in water - the fine craft glitter won't do as it just floats on top)
  • a suitable jar with a well-fitting lid
  • an extra lid of the same size from a similar jar
  • a bottle-top (or a pebble, for example, as elevation for your object/s)
  • a hot glue gun
  • ribbon
  • water
About the glitter - if you want you can make your own die-cut glitter by chopping up sequins with a pair of scissors into very small bits. It will take some time but you will have glitter that will work for this project. I tried the snow globe with whole sequins and other die-cut shapes, but they were too big and heavy and sank very fast to the bottom without creating that nice glittery snow storm effect.

I picked up a ceramic figurine in the junk shop, a kitschy little white dog whom I regarded as the perfect 'snow dog' to star in my very understated snow storm scene. Of course you can use any object as long as soaking it in water won't be a problem. Take into account that the snow dome will slightly enlarge and/or distort it - try your object out by submerging it into the chosen jar to see how it will look.

Anyway, start by giving the glass jar a very good rinse especially from the inside. Then put the glitter in, add water in a slow stream but leave space for the figurine/s and some. If the glitter has lots of air bubbles stuck to it, stir to release them.

Fire up your hot glue gun. It's important to use hot glue for this project, because other types of glue won't necessarily hold well once soaking in water. Glue the two same-size jar lids together by their flat outer side, top-to-top. Then glue the bit you are using for elevation into one of the lids on the inside, and then fix your figurine/s on top of this elevation with a healthy gloop of glue.



When this phase of the gluing has fully dried, apply a generous amount of glue around the inside of the lid, where the lip of the jar will screw onto. Submerge the figurine/s attached to the lid and screw down the lid firmly onto the glitter- and water-filled jar. Wait until it fully dries before turning it over, so it definitely won't leak. It's best to leave it alone for quite a few hours actually.


When it's finally turned over, tie a decorative ribbon into a bow around the base, and there you have it! Although you can of course decorate it further with anything you fancy.


Sharing this quick Xmas DIY on Less Laundry, More Linking.


2 comments:

  1. Lovely! And thank you for your comment! Yes, it is a tiled stove which corners reach into the hallway, the living room and a tiny part also in the bedroom. Unfortunately not into my work room. Then we have one normal little wood stove in the kitchen that we heat ongoing all day, otherwise living in this house would not be possible at all. We leave all doors open so that the heat can circulate. But still it is not enough to have it warm enough in all rooms. It is our first winter here, so we wanted to try out how it goes. :)

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    1. i guess you are lucky that this winter is quite a mild one (compared to last year..) hope you'll work out your heating so you can enjoy your house more in the cold weather too! x

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