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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Warm and Easy Gift for Friends and Neighbors

Time truly got away from me this year my friends. I knew many of our neighbors would soon be leaving for the holidays, we had house guests arriving and I just could not spend 2-3 days in the kitchen this year baking.

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This fairly quick craft saved me.

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Back in early November I had pinned this darling present topper from Homespun With Heart. Completely adorable. Also completely time consuming with hand constructed tiny paper houses I would not have the patience nor time to create. But it did plant the inspirational seed for this project.

Here are the supplies you will need:

One mason jar with lid. I found small candles in mason jars at the Dollar Tree.

Plastic ornament that separates. (Often used for candy. Can be found at most craft stores and Wal Mart.)

Assorted trees and figurines. (These came from Hobby Lobby in the miniature tree decorating area.)

Faux snow. (Any craft store.)

Festive ribbon. (I used 1” wide ribbon so that the entire band of the lid would be covered.)

A clear, strong holding glue (I used Gem-Tac) and a hot glue gun.

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The very first thing that I did was to peel off the labels from the candle lid. Then a light coat of white spray paint was applied. This is to reinforce a “snowy” effect.

I then took my wire clippers/pliers and snipped off the wire thread from the snowman and plastic hanger. Later on, I decided to keep the plastic ornament intact and used the hanger to tie on a “Merry Christmas” tag. It’s your choice.

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Once the lid is dry simply hot glue the figurines to the top. Keep them somewhat centered so that the dome of the “lid” will fit over the figurines.

Fill the plastic dome with a bit of faux snow and add a small bead of glue to the rim. You then want to flip the jar lid up side down onto the dome.

Do not try to place the dome onto the lid as you will dump “snow” all over creation and onto the glue making a big mess. (Don’t ask. :)

Let the glue dry thoroughly making sure there is a good seal to keep in the “snow”.

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Then simply glue a bit of ribbon to the edge of the jar lid to cover the seam.

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Subtracting the drying time for the paint and glue I was able to make 12 of these in under an hour.

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Are you making anything homemade for your friends and neighbors?


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Shabby Creek Cottage, Classy ClutterTatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, The Dedicated House


Lory Owens said...

Laura the snowglobe is adorable. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Tee said...

Too cute! Would make great centerpieces too!!!!

awal.ny said...

This is just such a wonderful gift idea. I am so going to borrow it for next year's teacher gifts. Thank you for sharing. Alaina

Rita C. said...

Really cute idea!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, this is adorable. I love it. I am sure your neighbors will be thrilled, so thoughtful.

GSGreatEscaper said...

All your neighbors will be thrilled with your homemade present. It's beautiful.

I'm so in love with those tiny dollar store mason jar candles! They are just as good as the expensive ones and they don't hang around so long! After I burn them, I clean them out and use them to send salad dressing in lunches (salad in a larger jar.) Yesterday I used three of them in my cheese tray - olives, tiny tomatoes and cashews fit perfectly! The smaller candle jars - votive size - were the perfect holder for toothpicks, carrot, celery and pepper sticks!

Jennifer Schmitz said...

How creative. I love it and am pinning it to my Christmas board. Have a Merry Christmas!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I wanted to make snow globes this year but I'm almost out of time. I made most of my gifts this year. Happy holidays sweet friend! Hugs, Diane

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What an AWESOME idea - how completely and totally ADORABLE a handmade project! Love it!

Chubby Chieque said...

This is just an adorable Christmas idea. I might do a copycate but I know mine will not be as pretty as yours.

Happy Holidays, dear Laura and your beautiful family.

God Bless,

Terri Steffes said...

Very cute! I made dip ornaments this year for hostesses and neighbors. I used clear plastic ornaments where the top popped off, filled them 2/3 full of a veggie dip mix I made, and added a tag for instructions on how to make the dip. I added a red ribbon. Everyone who got one loved it!

Karena Albert said...

Lovely Laura, just so sweet and special. Anything handmade is always treasured!

Tis the Sunday before Christmas

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, What a darling idea! I'm pinning this for next year! Blessed and Merry Christmas to you dear friend! HUGS!

Lana L. said...

This is a brilliant idea, and so, so pretty! Pinning and sharing and all that stuff! Have a very Merry Christmas!

LanasArtStudio said...

This is such a lovely idea! I will have to adopt it for a time left! Merry Christmas to you all!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You are amazing. I love it! Merry Christmas!

Liz Hockamier said...

Okay.... that is just darling! :)