snow globes & wreaths {how’s that for a creative title?!}

Christmas decorating is hard for me. I want my kids to be involved and feel a part of it, but on the other hand I really just want to do it my way. Right now, I am letting them have more say….which honestly drives me crazy because our opinions are quite different. I have yet to find a balance between my taste and the preferences of little boys. If they would let me cover their Legos in teal glitter we might find common ground.

In an effort to have a little say in the decorating, I’ve made a couple of new projects this year. I’ve seen these mason jar ‘snow globes’ on Pinterest, Anthropologie, and my friend Meredith made some for the Christmas Gathering. Oh my goodness, these are fun and addictive to make!
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I made mine using trees from Hobby Lobby. They are in the Christmas crafts aisle…you can get packs for $1.00 when they are 50% off. I bought deer off of etsy, but also found deer at Hobby Lobby in the area with the doll house furniture…also around $1.00 when you use a coupon. Never shop at Hobby Lobby without a coupon! Meredith tipped me off to spraying the trees with white spray paint and covering them with glitter before the paint dries. Worked perfectly.
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I hot glued the trees to the bottom of my jars. I used kids chopsticks to reach the trees & deer down to the bottom. If you look, you can see my kids eating lunch in the background. This is one of those really fast crafts that can be done while little ones eat. Lunchtime is often craft time for me. When else do I get all the kids still and interested in the same thing?
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Finally, I poured a bunch of the chopped up snow stuff from Hobby Lobby on top. I made 10 of these…then went and bought enough supplies for about 10 more using standard clear mason jars. What will I do with them all? I have no idea, but they are really fun to make.

I stole another idea from my friend Cindy. I stopped by her house and she had the cutest wreaths hanging in all her windows. I think she said she saw the idea in the latest Martha Stewart Living. Embroidery hoops + boxwood + hot glue = wreaths that look awesome and don’t block all that light coming in my windows.
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I have boxwood to make more, but probably won’t get around to it. So now it is a centerpiece. A girl cannot have too many old coffee tins. Chris might disagree.
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Those are the cute decorations. The majority of my festive house looks more like this:

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  • Mary Lemon - Snowglobes are my thing! And I have a box of mason jars that I’m not sure what to do with. I love the look of them so making snowglobes is a great idea. I have a 40% coupon for HL in my purse so I’ll be heading over there to get some little trees and deer. I like to use spray adhesive and then sprinkle the sparkly fake snow on stuff. I tend to make a huge mess decorating and am staring at one now! Thanks for sharing. Love the wreaths too.

  • Katie - 1. Love the snow globes! How did you get the glitter to stick to the inside of the jars?

    2. At least the lego men are going to visit baby Jesus. I guess that’s how you know you’re doing something right, right? :)

  • Megan - Somehow I just happened upon your blog and I just wanted to tell you that I love it!

  • Laura Chavous - I love the mason jars. I did this last year but not in the jars. I love it so so so much and my daughters are kind of obsessed with deer year round! The boxwood wreaths are fabulous too! Looks like such a merry happy home :)

  • Lauren - I LOVE homemade snow globes. You have inspired me. I have wanted to craft them for years but just haven’t found the time. I think I will make the time this Christmas.

    I have been blogging the last two days about making cheap wreaths and fixing up old ones. Nothing as fresh and lovely as those boxwood wreaths though! Very inspiring. Thank you.

  • meg duerksen - those are sweet! i was thinking THAT LOOKS FUN and then you said “it’s so fun i want to make 10 more!” i agree.
    and the wreaths!
    wowza.
    i LOVE them.

  • shasta - I love the snow globe idea! This year I was going to make snowglobes and glue a gift card in them for those hard-to-buy-for people…but my husband didn’t like the idea of the card getting wet…never thought of making a snow globe with no water! Thanks for the good idea!!

  • Kimberlee Jost - I can do those wreaths.
    I can! I can! I can!

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  • Allie - I feel your pain :) I’m pretty sure that my little forrest snow globes would have ewoks in them. Minifigs in teal glitter?… YES PLEASE!!

  • scottyeb - luv, luv, luv, your monkey tongs!!!! & your mason jars too!!!

  • chelsea - Darling! Am I the only one who doesn’t know where to buy loose boxwood like that? Or did you use fake?

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  • Ericka Gair - I am trying this project at home. While collecting my supplies, I grabbed the BBQ flipping tongs. I had to laugh at your “chop sticks” which are really giant red monkey grabbers that look like something that accompanies a fun hawaiian cocktail.

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  • SnoopyGirl - Found you on Pinterest. Must say that I love love love the jar craft. So fun and vintage looking. I can’t wait to try it!

    P.S. Love the blue ball jars with it too!

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  • cary l - Very clever and so Anthro!

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  • Carolyn - Where did you get the blue mason jars? I have never seen them before.

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  • Michelle W - I need to dig into my collection of old Mason jars and rush off to Hobby Lobby. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad to see that the Wise Men have excellent protection!

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  • stephen - In the snow globes the Christmas trees are looking beautiful. For the wreath the leaves used in it makes it clean and gentle in look. As less leaves are used in it so it looks more beautiful.

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  • Diana M. Souza-Castro - Ashley!

    Great job! Your ideas are great, and I will share them with my sis. They would make , lovely gifts for people in nursing homes, etc. I have the most precious granddaughter (named Ashley). She is Autistic, and a cherished gift to me. She happens to love Snow Globes, so I’ll definitely make a few for her. I could just see her Cherub face light up. Thanks, and please be sure to add me to your list.

    My sis is always looking for a decoration for her huge picture window, and your wreaths would be ideal

    These suggestions alone could also be adapted to the different seasons.

    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    DIANA

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  • Magali - hi!!i really loved the christmas jars, but there`s no Hobby Lobby next to where i live, how else could i make the fake snow?
    Thanks!!

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