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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Dec 10, 2014 3:48:00 PM

winter wonderlandThe hustle and bustle of Christmas is here. Shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating take up much of the month of December. With everything I have to do, I always try to find the time to make a few gifts. When my kids were little, they made presents for Grandma and Grandpa. I still like to come up with something new each year for family and friends.

winter wonderlandSnow globes, an iconic Christmas decoration, have been around since the Paris Expo of 1878. I decided to make my own version (sans water) using Mason Jars and a few vintage Christmas baubles.

Goodwill is a great source for Mason Jars in various sizes. You can find lids and bands at grocery or hardware stores. 

Look for miniature trees and other mini Christmas figures. You’re only limited by the size of the jar. You will also need craft glue, ribbon, glitter, berries and fake snowflakes.

winter wonderlandwinter wonderlandGlue the lid to the band with a thin line of craft glue.

I chose to decorate a Christmas tree. Glue the tree to the lid. Allow to dry. (I like to work on an old “lazy Susan”. That way I can work on all sides of my project without moving it.) I “hung” garland using red string and glued the ends in place. Then added berry ornaments and a gold star on top.

Finally, I glued tiny packages around the base of the tree. After the glue was completely dry, I poured 2-3 tablespoons of fake snow and glitter into the jar. winter wonderlandTightly screw on the band/lid, turn over and shake! You get a festive winter wonderland. They’re so easy to do, you’ll make one for everyone on your list.

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Topics: holiday decor, Merri Cvetan, snow globes, mason jar snow globes