Monday, November 19, 2012

Enchanted Snow Scenes and DIY Glitter Critters

We got a jump start on our holiday crafting last weekend with a fun and simple little project: enchanted snow scenes. Christmas is such a magical season, it lends itself well to this type of whimsical craft. The kids were in love with the idea of creating their own little encapsulated world.

The nice thing about this craft is that you don't need a lot of crazy skills, a ton of time, or a lot of money to enjoy it. All you need is a glass container {I used mason jars and Goodwill cloches}, fake snow {cotton balls make great drifts!}, glue, glitter, some bottle brush trees, and little figurines. If your house is like mine, there is probably a vast menagerie of plastic creatures lying around. The kids were happy to put them to good use.
 We applied a generous coating of Mod Podge with a sponge brush and then doused the little fellas in glitter. Voila: blinged out forest creatures!

The rest was simple. Arrange your scene on a base of some kind {we used plates and slices of wood if there wasn't already a base}. It is a good idea to adhere the trees and critters to the base somehow so they don't tip over all the time. A dot of hot-glue works well, and it easily peels off if you want to disassemble everything later. 
 Once everyone is in place, fill in with snow. We used cotton balls to form drifts, then sprinkled sparkly faux-snow over the top. Place the jar over the top and enjoy the magic!

This little Arctic fox is so well camouflaged he can be hard to spot! 

 We just read "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and both kids pretended they were creating Narnian woodland scenes, where it is "always winter and never Christmas." They reassured me that Christmas would come to these little bejeweled beauties, though.
 I love these little ponies peeking out from between the trees.
This was such a fun little craft and it combined all the best elements of creativity. Magical, miniature worlds, and glitter... everything's better with glitter!
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6 comments:

  1. These are so cute. I pinned the photo you posted the other day, but now I just pinned this tutorial.
    ~FringeGirl

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  2. Jessie,
    They are all just adorable, and I love how you added the glitter to the animals. Thanks for stopping by my party, would you mind adding a link to the post:) Thanks and have a great day!

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    1. Hi Dawn! Sorry 'bout that! I linked up from my phone while still in bed this morning, but had to actually go downstairs to use the computer and edit my post. You busted my lazy ways, lol! *hangs head in shame*
      It's fixed! ;)

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  3. So cute and very clever, Jessie! I'll bet your kiddos did have a great time putting those together.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Yes, they especially liked the "magical" quality of this project! It was very fun. :)

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  4. So very cute, great idea! Happy Thanksgiving!

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