This post is written and posted retroactively for documentation's sake.
Note: due to the lack of sunlight at the time I was working on this, all the tutorial photos are of the finished product. I think the details show pretty well though.
Anyway, when I was little, I loved miniature things. Even to this day, I am very attracted to things that are small in scale. (Smaller = cuter, for the most part, right?) So for me, the idea of a mini winter scene under glass was just perfect.
After I had bleached a few of my little trees, I knew I wanted to do some kind of holiday decoration thing with them, like a shrine, or put something together using the trees that was under glass. I toyed with the idea of an altered tin, as well as using a test tube, or a mason jar for the project. I also briefly considered actually making a real snowglobe, with liquid and everything.
I finally decided to do something that was fairly simple and inexpensive, using things that I already had on hand.
For this project, I used:
- a glass votive candle holder
- a metal top from a juice concentrate container
- superglue (hot glue would also work, but I don't have a glue gun so...)
- chunky white glitter (I used Martha Stewart Crafts) You could also use loose flocking or even mica flakes, if you have them.
- silver pipe cleaners (red or gold metallic would also probably look very nice)
-vintage book paper
- things to put into the scene, such as bottlebrush trees, plastic deer, winter cupcake toppers, very small christmas ornaments, cut out photos of people mounted on toothpicks, etc. (If using trees, note that the baubles on the trees I used are actually little silver dot stickers that I got from Michaels. Jewel or pearl stickers would also look great.)
To achieve height on the middle tree, I used one of my old bottlecap magnets. I painted the outside of the bottlecap red, and the magnet part white, for a more festive look, prior to its placement on the jar lid. You could also get height using a part of a cork, or a glass pebble, etc.
The "Merry Christmas" sign is an ornament I picked up in a set from JoAnn's this year. A stamped/embossed sentiment or banner would probably look just as nice.
If everything fits, go ahead and permanently glue your items down to the metal lid. Let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.
Ribbon or a strip of decorative paper, or even journaling, would look really nice here as well. If you were feeling supercrafty, you could stamp with paint on the glass... Lots of possibilities.
And that's that.
After I made this, I did find some other projects like this, using mason jars. This cute one is by Holly Hanks, and this one is by Rhonna Farrer. This one is a very cute idea for spring, using dirt and moss (a true terrarium).
Personally, I like the look of the votive a little better. It's the round curve of the glass near the top that does it for me.
Hope you had fun reading this tutorial, as I had fun making this project. I really want to make a bunch more of these for next year. They are so fun!