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DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments

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I absolutely love bell jars! My favorite holiday decorations are small vintage bell jar ornaments with sweet little snow scenes in them! I have been wanting to make some of these tiny cloche ornaments for a long while now, but have had a really hard time finding the little glass belljars anywhere. Recently I was at the dollar store and saw some plastic wine glasses. They were the right shape, so I decided to give it a try, and they actually turned out to be a pretty fun substitute! These little ornaments are easy to make! I had so much fun making them, I went back and bought more wine glasses to make more!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Wine Glasses

*Dremmel or Utility Knife

*Chipboard (cereal boxes, etc.)

*Scrapbook Paper

*Rubber Cement

*Trinkets

*Glitter

*Large Beads

*Pipe Cleaners

*Twine

*Scissors

*Hot Glue

*Large Circle or Scalloped Circle Punch (optional)

Step 1: Cut Glasses- Gather up your plastic wine glasses. They come with bottoms, just throw those away, you don’t need them. The stem of the glass is just a bit too long, so I cut mine down a little with a dremmel with a grinding attachment. You can cut the stems with a utility knife, but it is a lot easier to break them that way. If you have a dremmel, I would recommend using that.

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Step 2: Make Bottoms- I used a paper punch to cut out my chipboard bottoms. I think it is around 3 or 3.5 inches wide with a scalloped edge. I also used the punch to cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the chipboard with. I cut out paper for the top and bottom. You can draw circles and cut them out instead of using a punch. I just think it makes it a whole lot easier if you have one. When you have all of your circles cut out, you are ready to glue. I used rubber cement to glue the paper to the chipboard. Let the glue dry.

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Step 4: Make the tops- First you want to add the hanger part to your beads. If you want to use pipe cleaners, cut one in half. Then push it through he bead and twirl it around the bottom of the bead so it will stay in place. At the top of the bead make a nice sized loop with the other end of pipe cleaner and twist it together at the top of the bead. If you wish to use twine, first cut a long piece of twine. Fold the twine in half and push it through the bead. Double knot the twine loop at the top of the bead and then double knot the ends below the bottom of the bead and snip off any excess. Next, run a bead of hot glue around the top opening of the wine glass and glue the bead right side up to the top, sealing in your jar. Now you want to finish off the area where the bead and glass meet because it is not so pretty. I took small pieces of pipe cleaner and wrapped around the spot securing with glue in the back. And now they are ready to hang on your tree, yay!

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Although they are not quite as awesome as their vintage counterparts, I really love how they turned out! I love how versatile you can be with them as well! You could fill them with anything you like, and top them with loops for hanging or no loops for grouping on a shelf or table. I hope you all go out and make a few of your own, they are so fun! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more holiday projects!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Cute Vintage Christmas Card Boxes

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Christmas is by far my most favorite holiday of the year! I love holiday decorating, holiday parties, and most of all, making cute christmas goodies for my home! This month I will be featuring a new holiday project each weekday for a countdown to Christmas. To kick off all the Christmas fun today I have one of my favorite holiday DIY’s for you, Christmas Boxes. These cute little diorama style boxes add such a sweet touch to your holiday decor! And they are seriously so fun to make!

Here’s What You Need:

*Wood Boxes with windows from the craft store( I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Paint

*Old Christmas Cards

*Scrapbook Paper

*Rubber Cement

*Little Christmas Trinkets

*Air Dry Clay

*Modge Podge

*Glitter

*Pipe Cleaners

*Hot Glue

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IMG 4739 1600x1195 1024x764 DIY Cute Vintage Christmas Card Boxes Step 1: Paint Box- Paint your box with your choice and color of paint. I have fallen in love with Annie Sloan chalk paint, and painted my boxes with it. Regular craft acrylic paint will work just fine as well. You can seal it with an acrylic varnish or modge podge. Or if you decide to use chalk paint you will need to wax it.

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Step 2: Cut and Glue Inside Pieces- Measure the insides of your box. Cut down your card to fit the bottom of the box. Cut scrapbook paper to cover all the sides. If you have a card that is too small, cut a couple of pieces of scrapbook paper to add behind your card. I used rubber cement to attach my papers to the box. Spread glue onto the back side of your paper and spread glue to the inside of the box. Then press and smooth paper down into box. Once glue is dry you are ready to decorate your diorama.

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Step 3: Embellish Inside Box- Now you are ready to add trinkets to the inside of your box. If you want to create a snow scene, you can mold a layer of clay into the bottom of the diorama. Insert any figures or trees into the clay to make holes, then you can add glitter. To add glitter paint down modge podge onto the clay and pour and shake glitter on top. Tapp out excess glitter. Add the figures back into the clay and let everything dry.

Step 4: Finish- If you would like to add a border around your window opening, carefully hot glue a pipe cleaner around the opening. Close your box up and it’s done. Easy right!

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I absolutely love these little boxes! They look sweet by themselves, but also look adorable as a group. I had such a blast making them I made several! I bet you can’t make just one either. The best part about this project is that it is so customizable to your own tastes. The cards you use make each box a little world of it’s own. I used vintage cards and trinkets, as well as some vintage looking bottlebrush trees and cupcake toppers. Take a peek around etsy for miniatures, they have a lot to choose from. Overall this is a fun and inexpensive way to add some fun to your holiday decor this year. I hope you all enjoy! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more Christmas fun!

Happy Crafting!