DIY mini snow globe ornament. Learn how to make a mini snow globe ornament for your Christmas tree.
It’s never too early for a little Christmas Crafting! If you are in a crafting mood, this is a simple craft to make now to give or to have ready to decorate your tree when the holiday season is here.
I recently shared my love for little bottle brush trees, so when I found these clear plastic old-fashioned Christmas light bulb ornaments at Jo-Ann’s, I knew they would be perfect for mini snow globes with tiny bottle brush trees.
What you need to make a mini snow globe (without water)
Here’s what you’ll need for this project (I found all these items at Jo-Ann’s craft store):
- clear plastic old-fashioned Christmas light bulb ornaments (4inches tall)
- Martha Stewart course white glitter
- mini bottle brush trees (3inches tall)
- red and white striped baker’s twine
- a low temp hot glue gun
How to make a Mini Snow Globe Ornament (without water)
To start, I gave the tiny bottle brush trees a bath in a little water with a tiny bit of bleach. This step is completely optional. These little trees were really dark in color and I wanted to lighten them up a bit. I’ve seen that you can do this to change the color of the trees completely, by bleaching and then dying them, but I just wanted the same tone, just lighter. I really like how they turned out. They were also covered in lots of that flocking stuff, and I wanted it to not be so heavy, so I ran a plastic comb through the little trees while they were in the water. Then I rinsed and dried them really well.
Once rinsed and dried, I checked to see if they would fit inside of these bulb ornaments, and they fit perfectly (yippee). I then gave a little dab of hot glue to the bottom wood piece of each tiny tree and then used a wooden skewer to press it down in the bottom center. Next use a funnel to add the course white glitter to each one.
To finish them off, I added a few dabs of hot glue to the lid of each one to secure the lid on tight. Then I just tied a bow of red and white baker’s twine onto each each one. You could do a bow or use the baker’s twine as the actual hanger itself.
Christmas washi tape works great as little stands to hold these up right. These would make adorable place settings for a fancy Christmas dinner too. You could personalize them with little tiny name banners inside.
Different Ways to Personalize this Craft:
- use different colored bottle brush trees: if you can’t find them in the 3 inch size, you can always do a water bath with bleach to remove existing dark green to then die them different colors
- add monograms or tiny banners with family names inside
- add names to the outside with tiny letter stickers or custom vinyl letters
- rather than course glitter, add candy sprinkles or tiny colorful beads
Or just hang them on the tree.
Either way, they’re really sweet.
- Where to find the supplies online? Amazon! 4inch clear plastic Christmas bulbs here. 3inch bottle brush trees here and course white glitter.
- Where do you find the mini bottle brush trees in stores? – Often times you can find them in the craft stores in the section with all the tiny Christmas Village things.
- Where do I find the clear plastic Christmas light bulb? – If you are unable to find them at Joanns Craft store, try Michaels or Hobby Lobby…or read the comment section for where others have had luck finding them.
- How do you keep the glitter from falling out of the top? There is a hole at the top of the metal top of the ornament. I kept mine open at the top, but if you want to seal it off, you can add a big dab of hot glue to the top “lid” to keep the glitter from falling out of the top.
- Will I make them for you? Sadly no…sorry. These have been so popular, that I have now seen them sold in Joanns stores ornament section fully created just like this! So you can buy them without crafting (if you are not into crafting)! Not sure if they are available this season, but I have seen them a few years past.