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Monday, December 12, 2011

Gifts To Make #5 ~ Winter Wonderland Under Glass and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Happy Monday!  Welcome to the fifth installment of inexpensive gifts you can easily make.

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If I had to select the most knocked off project of the season it would probably be the Anthropologie tree in a jar. I have seen several interpretations of this darling idea all over blogland.

I thought it might be fun to take the idea to another level.

I began by searching the cupboards for cups, bowls, dishes and any other vessel I could find in a selected Christmas color palette of white, silver and green.

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I then gathered up my collection of vintage bottle brush trees. (You can find vintage trees on Ebay or new trees at any craft and hobby store.)

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A snowy scene in a gumball machine? Yes, yes and YES! Even the eye sore of a center support pole came in handy as a place to hot glue on a flying reindeer.

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To keep the other pieces upright and in place I first hot glued them onto a piece of sturdy cardstock.

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Just add faux snow! A handy dandy pencil helps to set the scene.

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Of course you don’t have to use faux snow. You can also use flour, powdered sugar, Epsom or table salt. (Just make sure you don’t use salt in a silver dish as it could pit it. )

I opted for sugar as it reminded me of glitter.  Perfect for nestling a darling deer in a wee coffee cup. (The glass cloche was removed for photography purposes.)

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You could also have a cup of tea. I’ve set up a hot beverage tray on my kitchen island. A display was created using some of my antique ceramic food jars.

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This masked bandit stole my heart.

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A side table received a glass compote filled with sugared, happy sliders.

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A tiny treasure that’s fun to give is this little Frosty in a vintage spice jar.

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Vintage spice jars can be found very inexpensively in thrift stores. A bit of snow, a tiny tree and a top hatted fellow complete the vignette. Bakers twine was wrapped around the lid and holds a simple handwritten tag.

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Come back on Wednesday with number 6 in the Gifts To Make  series.

If by chance you have had your eye on a few things in my Etsy shop you are in luck! I am sponsoring a giveaway of $25 gift certificate towards anything in the DTA shop over at my friend Karena’s blog, Art By Karena.

More handmade treasures and European antiques will be added to the shop later this week so head on over and enter to win!

Laura

Linking To:

Centsational Girl

102 comments :

Amy said...

Love all your cute versions of the snow globe cloches! Thanks for the chance to win the gift certificate, too!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What a great (And CUTE!) idea!! I absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeee all of these!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Laura!
You have captured perfect winter whimsy! Sugar Christmas! So sweet!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love it, Laura! A grouping like that makes for such a nice vignette! Love the gumball machine one.

Red Gate Farm said...

The vintage spice jar and (of course) the gumball machine idea are my favorites! Very, very cute!!

~Chris

Miss Sandy said...

I am in love with that gum ball machine! My grands would love that, must hit the flea market and see if the one I saw recently is still there. Thank you for the darling idea.

Yummy Mummy said...

All these things are so adorable! Thanks so much for visiting YummyMummyKitchen.com so I could find and follow your fabulous blog!

Marina

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

These are such cute ideas. I should have done this in my apothecary jars. I have several.

Mary Richmond said...

Great ideas! I love the idea of using things you already have including sugar... so fun and whimsical!

charlieandjo said...

Love when someone takes an idea and lets it soar or in this case plants it, spinkles it with snow, traps a few friendly creatures and encases the whole thing in glass for us to admire. I need me some bottle brush trees! Jo @ Let's Face the Music

The Mouse House said...

Wonderful ideas! And thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog this morning :)

Lisa said...

Wow! What a Merry Mini Christmas it is! How cute. Love all the little projects you've created.
Lisa

Debby said...

What fun all these little treasures are. Love the gum ball machine.

craftytexasgirls said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your Christmas creations are the perfect mix of vintage and modern. I love them!
:)Samantha
crafty texas girls

SheilaG said...

These projects are so cute! I really love that spice jar- I've never seen them in our thrift stores, will have to watch for them. Thanks for coming by my bloggy home today! :)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So pretty and festive! Love the tiny trees! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

I love all these ideas Laura. So cute and so festive. Thanks for letting me know.

Designing Domesticity said...

These are just adorable - thanks for sharing! Liz

Megan Brooke said...

Love the snowy scene in the gumball machine! So clever. I've seen the Anthro faux snow globes. Love your take on it!

sara @ it's good to be queen said...

so cute! especially love the tea cup!!

Cathy Green Interiors said...

Laura,
Thanks for visiting my site!
I love your gumball machine snow scene idea, it turned out so cute! My parents have an old gumball machine I may just have to steal ;).

Amy @ The Mom Hood said...

That is adorable! My daughter will love it. Thanks for stopping by :)

JourneyChic said...

Love them all! I love the little scene in the coffee cup - cute as a button!

At The Picket Fence said...

You definitely took the idea to the next level Laura and I just love it!! They all looks so fantastic and unique and I'm impressed with your creativity! :-)
Vanessa
P.S. Thanks so much for the sweet comment you left about my Chalkboard Frame Tree Topper!

Joanne said...

Thanks, Laura for stopping by DoubleWideintheSky.blogspot.com!

I LOVE the idea of the snow scene in the gumball machine. I have a spare red one in my son's bathroom. I have bingo balls in there now and I like to change it up.... but this idea is brilliant. Brilliant, girl! And a beautiful blog!

Keep on Dec-R-8-ing!
Joanne

Sheila said...

Happy Holidays Laura. Thanks for stopping by beyond the portico and your nice comment about my homemade high heel boot stocking. I love your miniature holiday scenes. I especially love the gumball machine and the spice jar. So cool.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing all the gifty ideas!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

These are adorable!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Yours is lovely.

Kara @ June & Bear said...

love your interpretations. especially the gumball machine.

Judy said...

That is so super cute. I love the idea and the reindeer on the center pole is genius. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am already a follower of your awesome blog. Hope to see you at my party that opens tomorrow night at 8pm EST.

southernscraps said...

Cute, cute ideas!

The Single Nester said...

Lovely. Handmade. Perfect.

licha20 said...

SOOO Cute!!!!!
I have a gumball machine and that would be perfect!!!

Peggy57 said...

Your snow globes are...wait for it...adorable. I love them and thanks for coming by my blog and leaving kind words.

KarenB said...

This are all so, so cute. My friend and I are having problems finding these trees in our area. You use to see them even at Home Depot, but we can't find them anywhere. I'm going to the internet!

Kasey M said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the winter snow globes!

I think the raccoon is my favorite.

Lorie said...

So cute!!!

Thanks for stopping by Reading Confetti!

Jessica said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog :) I appreciate it! I love the faux snow & snowmen in the bowl! Sooo adorable :)

Sally said...

Hi Laura! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment about my "crafting." I assure you, I am no crafting genius, but Pinterest has really put me in the crafting mood this year, and given me some great ideas. I love all of your snow creations here! You're very creative! I would've never thought of making such an arrangement in a teacup and with sugar, but that is SO cute! Nice to meet you! Peace to you this Christmas Season! ~Sally

cornerofmain.com said...

Such cute figurines! Thanks for stopping by my blog =)

Hibiscus House said...

Love what you have done. You have talent to put together those tiny Christmas Creations. I love the ideas and love your blog. I am following you now. I already liked your Facebook page...Thanks for stopping by Hibiscus House. Come back anytime. Now I have to go visit your store. Take care.

Janelle said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! I LOVE your decorations and tutorials in this post! I can't wait to see more of your creations!

Janelle said...

Oh, and also...true fact...my husbands family traces back to Laura Ingalls Wilder. :)

homeiswhatyoumakeit said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!
I love this idea.
I am in the midst of "making"some gifts...part of the mess that was not shown in the home tour!

Tabitha said...

Super Cute! I love the gumball machine:) It was great meeting you on my blog Simplyhomecents, thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Larrisa Hill Designs said...

I love how you've incorporated your vintage bottle brush trees in your crafts. Great ideas...Heather

Bella Carina Photo said...

I love the gumball snow globe! Very cute idea.

Lately, I've been doing more baking than crafting, but maybe it's time for a new project! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today!

You can check out my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies & Candies at my blog if you want!

bellacarina.com

Karen said...

Those are all so cute, I especially love the gumball machine. Thanks for stopping by!

Taylor said...

Wow! So adorable! I especially love the deer and tree in the tea cup! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Taylor
Domestic8d

Megan Lee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I adore your little vintage xmas scenes. I am in search of these trees myself and hope to make some xmas goodies for next year. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Betsy said...

I have two empty gumball machines that I've been hanging on to for years. Now I know what to do with them! I love yours, and I also love your little tin ornaments.

I found you after you visited me at Tippytoe Crafts. Happy Holidays from your newest follower! Your site is amazing!

A Blissful Nest said...

I love this! And so great to do with your kids. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment. Blog with you soon!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

These are great ideas! I actually just made a couple of mason jar snow globes to give as gifts. They were too easy and inexpensive to pass up!

martinealison said...

Des très bonnes idées... merci pour l'ensemble de vos magnifiques photos...
Gros bisous à vous.

Ashley | Domestic Fashionista said...

Sooo cute! I have been wanting to make one of these this year! Thanks for mentioning where you go the trees because I can never find any! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment!

Sandy said...

That's a brilliant idea for the gum machine along with all the others!

Love your blog ! Happy Holidays!

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

Thanks so much for dropping by :)

I just love that gumball machine - so creative! I think re purposing can be so fun!

Our Friday Free-For-All linky party is still open if you want to link this - or any other post- up.

http://www.cookingatcafed.com/2011/12/friday-free-for-all-linky-party-4.html

All the best,
Dana

Stylish Settings said...

They look great - especially the gum ball machine one.
Kylie

picky said...

These are all adorable! I love the vintage bottle brush trees and devote my living room to the creme vintage look. Now I just need more tabletop space!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

Great idea! Love your series too!

Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor said...

Thank YOU for stopping by my blog! love all your ideas too. Now off to check out your etsy site :-)

Bohemian said...

The Gumball Machine Waterless Snow Globe is even better than the Tree in a Jar ones!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

They are all adorable!! Thanks for sharing :)
Veronica

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I just love the gum ball machine snow globe idea!! Will be subscribing to your blog..Thanks for visiting mine!

Jeanette said...

Love, Love, Love your little trees under glass. Hope you link to Sarah's Christmas tree party. I will look for you there.

Rhondi said...

I love all your great ideas! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Haven said...

nk you for your awesome comment! It made my day! I love your snow globes, and absolutely am fascinated by your Anthro tags! I remember seeing them around blogland last week! So cute! You also have great photography skills! Happy Tuesday!

Emily said...

Oh I love these snow globes- adorable. I have some mini trees that I never know what to do with- I love the gumball machine idea! I think I forsee another Christmas craft in my future!!!

Sarah (Mrs. Ruffled Flats) said...

The gumball machine idea is genius!!! I love the Anthro globes - but yours may be even more awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Love these creations, Laura! They make me happy. :D

While I'm not nearly as creative as you, I do like to think I pulled off a really fantastic Birthday weekend for Sarah and some of my party decorating ideas were inspired by things that I've seen on your blog in the past. Funny, I even had "trees under glass" - two little white trees that had mini (battery) lights on them that I put in a glass jar and they were the centerpiece of Sarah's Sweet 16 "Frosty Winter" Theme.

Hope you have a blessed week,
Linda

Janel@hatingmartha said...

How fun! I even have a gumball machine (although my kids might not like me removing their terrarium). Super cute!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

All so very cute! Pat

IndieSpotting said...

The gumball machine is so clever! Absolutely lovely!!

Kelly said...

The gumball machine idea is gorgeous! I'm gonna keep an eye out for one of those - I bet you have fun putting all kindsa decoratory stuff in it.

Auntie Em said...

Love your little snow scenes. I have used my round glass cookie jars and vases for little scenes but the bubblegum machine is awesome! As soon as I saw it in the photo I knew it had to be the one and it is perfect!
Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great holiday season getting ready. (Hope you get some pics of the kids and the gingerbread houses? What fun!!!) :)

Debra from Bungalow said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comments, I really appreciate that!

Your creations are beautiful and I especially love the tea tray and the gumball machine. It all looks like a winter wonderland!

Tisha said...

So clever! And thanks for commenting on my crafts link from Centsational Girl - I've been a reader of your blog for a long while, since before you graduated! Loving all your Christmas crafts - very inspiring!

TRay said...

CAN HARDLY STAND IT!!! These are TOO CUTE!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

Hugs,

Your Pea

"Pea." S. Are these for me?!? hee hee

Kristle Jones said...

Love this! Thanks for stopping by www.WillBlogforBeauty.com!

Glad I found you through Centsational Girl!

xo Kristle

claudia b said...

Wow, these are just gorgeous but I have to confess the tea tray stole my heart, I am a tea-drinker and would LOVE to have such pretty things!

Cindy said...

Your blog has lots of beautiful things,and I will be following. (At the risk of "gushing", I have to tell you I am a looong time devoted Ingalls-Little House fan and am thrilled that we connected through Centsational!)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Yes, I have seen some of these copy cat jars, but I think yours are definitely the best and most creative. I love that gumball machine, how fun is that. Thanks for joining TTT.

I have so enjoyed getting to know you and call you a real friend, I hope we can spend more time together in the coming year. May you have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet! I'm going to mark this page to see if I can make anything like this! I love this idea! Happy holidays to you! ♥♥♥

Brandi said...

Such a cute idea! I love the gumball machine!

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

I love the little snow globes that have been floating around blog land lately, but that gumball globe takes the cake for sure! So creative & pretty! Nice job

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Oh, I love the one in the gumball machine! Great idea.

Upscale Downhome said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I adore your mini winter wonderland creations. My favorites are the animals in the sugar. Just make me happy to look at them!

Jileen said...

WOW these are great, I love how you made this project all your own with the creative uses of containers! I think I might brave this project it looks so very cute. All the Best :)

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

beautiful!!!! So love these!!! Will try to make one next year!

Now, I have a new blog to follow!

thank you too for visiting my very "fresh" blog- buhayatbahay@blogspot.com!!!!!

Stacie@hometownperch said...

Oh my gosh, those are so cute! My girls would love to have mini-winter scenes like that around the house. It's on my to-do list for next year already. :)

Sarah said...

Very cute, I like all the retro parts.

LeAnn-The Modest Homestead said...

Thanks for your sweet comment! I love your blog! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back!

Liz said...

Goodness! Those are darling! :) LOVED the gumball machine... ours is full of red and green peanut M&M's right now. :)

Merry Christmas! :)

~Liz

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Love your out of the box thinking. These are adorable! Thanks for popping by my blog today!

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

Your jars are so cute! Thanks very much for inviting me over to your blog...it's wonderful.

Happy holiday hugs,
Marie

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I absolutely love that gumball machine ... it's awesome! I would NEVER think to do that.

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I absolutely love that gumball machine ... it's awesome! I would NEVER think to do that.

Janet said...

These are so cute and fun! Thanks for sharing how to make them. :)

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by my blog. I cruised on over to yours and saw these - love them! I especially love the gumball machine. Thanks for sharing!

daysease said...

You always come up with the neatest ideas. these are no exception. thank you for sharing and for piquing our creativity to action. this is a very practical and simple way to use what we have around the house too, without breaking our budgets. Nice. Loving that little raccoon! :-) Hugs...

got2havefaith said...

The gumball machine is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Why didn't I think of that?

Alisha_In_Life said...

Hi, Laura!

Wow I'm in love with the tea set with the snow and deer. Such a fabulous idea. You should enter one of your great holiday crafts into my company's holiday craft contest. Check it out: http://www.pennysaverusa.com/contest/103/details/