Glass Dome Ornament

Today’s project is the third installment in a joint holiday series with tinsel + trim. Last week we made a Wine Box Drink Stand and the previous week we shared how to make Wood Bead Snowflake Ornaments. This time around we took inspiration from vintage ornaments to make this super cute but deceptively simple glass diorama ornament. The hardest, but also best, part is finding the elements for your diorama. Personalize it by drawing from shared memories with loved ones. Thanks to Cathie for putting together this beautiful DIY!

TIME TO COMPLETE

Approximate time: 15 minutes active, 30 minutes waiting

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • Glass bell ornament (like this one from Melissa Frances)
  • Items for diorama (like our deer and tree)
  • White cotton roving
  • Miniature tinsel garland (like this one)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Glue stick (optional)

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Paint all sides of the cardboard base that comes with your glass bell. Be sure to paint the edges as well. Allow to dry (approximately 30 minutes).

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Step 2:

With hot glue or a glue stick, apply a small amount of white wool roving. This will appear to be snow when the diorama is complete.

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Step 3:

Before gluing your diorama elements in place, stage them to see how you will want them to appear. Make sure all the items will fit without bending when you place the bell over the diorama.

Step 4:

Apply hot glue to the bottom of your central element, which in our case is a small bottle brush tree. Place the element where you want it to appear in the diorama. Make sure the glue connects with both the roving and the cardboard base.

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Step 5:

Continue to position your elements on the diorama, fixing them in place with glue.

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Step 6:

Place the bell over your diorama. Holding it in place with one hand, apply glue to a portion of the edge. Follow by quickly covering the glue with your tinsel. Repeat around the entire bell diorama.

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Wondrous! You just made a glass diorama ornament!

 

Geometric Paperweight

Geometric paper weight

It’s been a few weeks since I had wrist surgery, so my entry back into crafting is going to be a little slow. This craft is quick and easy and doesn’t require too much heavy lifting. :)

A few months back I saw these paper weight kits online and thought they would be an easy way to customize my desk. The possibilities are virtually endless on what design you can choose for the background. For this one I chose a simple geometric pattern.

MATERIALS

  1. Template (PDF)
  2. Round Paperweight Kit
  3. Scissors (or x-acto knife)
  4. Glue stick
  5. Gold self-adhesive glitter sheet
  6. Glass cleaner
  7. Paper towel
  8. White paper (not pictured)

materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Print out the template PDF on some white paper. Using your scissors, trim out the template circle. This doesn’t need to be perfect, you will end up trimming off the extra later.

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Step 2:

Trim out a few triangles from gold glitter adhesive paper using the triangle piece on the template as a guide. I cut out approximately 8 triangles.

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Step 3:

Remove the backing on the triangles, and place on the template in a random pattern.

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Step 4:

Take the cardboard piece from the paperweight kit and apply glue to one side. Place the glued side down onto the backside of the template.

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Step 5:

Using scissors or an x-acto knife, trim away the excess template.

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Step 6:

Spray some glass cleaner on the glass paper weight and thoroughly clean.

Step 6

Step 7:

Center the template/cardboard piece on the bottom side of the paper weight.

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Step 8:

Remove the backing on the bottom pad and carefully center it on the glass. Press the edges down firmly to stick.

Step 8

Now you are ready to organized your papers on your desk with a new beautiful weight!

Geometric Paper Weight

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