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Christmas/Winter Punch Art: Mason Jar Snow Globe

snowglobe rev 2 002Snow Globe Punch Art

Use as gift tags, package decorations, paper tree ornaments, string them together to make a paper garland for tree or mantle/etc., use on a handmade greeting card, great for a kid’s craft, scrapbook, & more…..

I love punch art and snow globes so why not compare the two?  This is a super easy project to do – the hardest part is to glue down the snow flurries without getting glue “all over” the place!

If u have any questions please let me know.  Hope u enjoy the project!!!

Blue cardstock
White & cream cardstock
Cardstock scraps in other assorted colors and patterns

Mason Jar Punch
Large Wave Edging Scissors
Other Assorted Punches: deer, moose, tree, etc.
Glue Stick
Mini Circle Punch


Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance. Next cut strips of paper about 2" wide and punch the "snow drifts". I like to vary the depth of the snow. Use a wave punch to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance. I also punch some for the jar to lie on it's side.


  1. Punch mason jar shapes in shades of blue. I like to crimp the neck of the jar to give it a more realistic appearance.
  2. Next cut strips of paper about 1 1/2″ wide and punch the “snow drifts”.  I like to vary the depth of the snow. I also punched some snow drifts long wise for the jar to lie on it’s side.
  3. Use large wave edging scissors to give the snow a wind scalloped appearance.
  4. Glue the snow drift to the jar front.
  5. Punch small/mini shapes – trees, moose, etc. in plain and patterned cardstock.  This is a great way to use up paper scraps.
  6. Crimp brown paper and then punch select shapes (ex: trees, snowmen) to glue behind the colored shapes to create a 3D effect.
  7. Lay out designs and then glue them down.
  8. Last glue the tiny white/cream/silver circles to the exposed blue to create a snow storm.  Add one or two mini snowflakes for a special accent.

Some examples of "snow globes" u can make!

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Here are some tips for making ur “snow globes”!  

  • Fir Trees: Trim trunk from green/patterned fir trees. Glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. To create more depth use a second brown tree behind one of the “firs” if using them as a pair. Glue the thicker tree to the edge of the thinner tree.
  • Trim Fat Tree to Cone Tree: Trim trunk from the tree. Glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. When dry trim the tree into a cone shape.
  • Bare Branch Icy Trees: Punch brown trees and then glue the white trees on top of the brown trees. Let dry. Trim the trees to fit snow globe.
  • Christmas Tree: Trim trunk from the green tree and glue a brown tree to the back of the green tree. Trim candy canes to fit the tree and then glue on tree along with the “ball ornaments” (circles).
  • Snowman #1: Use a cream snowman on a white snowdrift to set the snowman off the best (and vice versa).  Trim the arms off the white/cream snowman and glue the brown snowman to the back. Trim excess paper off hat and glue to snowman’s hat. Add eyes with a black marker. Cut a tiny carrot nose and glue on face. Trim a mini heart punch to fit the snowman and glue in place. Or add buttons to the snowman with a marker.
  • Snowman #2: Trim the arms off the white/cream snowman and glue the brown snowman to the back. Trim the hat to roughly a round shape. Glue small circle to the snowman’s head. Add eyes with a black marker. Cut a tiny carrot nose and glue on face. Trim a heart punch to fit snowman and glue in place. Or add buttons to the snowman with a marker.
  • Reindeer & Moose: Trim the antlers off the deer & moose. Attach the crimped antlers to the back of the animal. Attach a small red rhinestone or the glittery red circles provided to face of the reindeer. Glue brown circles behind the glittery red circle to make the nose stand out.
  • Penguin: Trim the feet and bill off the black penguin. Glue the yellow penguin behind the black one. Glue stocking cap to head of penguin.
  • Other Animals: Glue a crimped brown shape to the colored shape. Allow to dry then glue to snow.
  • Gingerbread Cottage: Trim icy roof from glittery cottage and glue on top of gingerbread cottage. Trim candy canes and glue on “path” to the cottage. Glue smoke puffs in place or use snow.
  • Snow Flakes/Circles: Use the mini snowflakes to accent snow globe – one per globe. Use the tiny circles to create a “shaken snow globe snowstorm”.
  • Snow Scene on a Homemade Card:  One cute way to use ur snow globes is to spread the scene out over 3 snow globes and then use the set on the front of a homemade card.

Button Snowflake

Popsicle SnowflakeButton Snowflake

This snowflake used either as an ornament or a tree topper is a great way to display all those white and translucent white buttons your mother or grandmother left you in their button jar.   With these special buttons the snowflakes would be a great way to share a treasured memory with your close relatives.   

This would also be a great inexpensive “bulk craft” for a church children’s group or a school classroom art projects.  To keep the project to one session, pre-glue and paint the snowflake. Then allow the kids to decorate their snowflakes with buttons, trim and markers.


  • Popsicle sticks (4 per snowflake)
  • White & translucent white buttons (assorted sizes)
  • Large decorative white buttons (for the center)
  • Lace & trims
  • DecoArt Snowflake White acrylic paint
  • White Glamour Dust Ultra-Fine Glitter paint (optional)
  • Green chenille stems
  • Clothespins (optional)
  • Clear fishing line (optional)

Also Needed

  • Craft glue
  • Glue gun
  • Wire cutters


  1. Glue four Popsicle sticks together in a “snowflake” pattern then allow the glue to dry.
  2. Give the snowflake two coats of white paint and allow the paint to dry between coats.
    1. Spray paint the sticks white before gluing them together if you are mass producing the snowflakes.
  3. Flip and repeat.
  4. For a nice shimmery finish on the snowflakes apply one or two coats of white ultra-fine glitter paint to the front of the snowflake.  Allow paint to dry.
  5. Glue lace to the snowflake for a more Victorian effect.
  6. If needed cut the shanks off buttons with wire cutters.
  7. Lay out your buttons on the snowflake.  Graduate the sizes of the buttons starting with the larger ones in the center.  Use the smallest buttons on the ends of the snowflake.  Choose a large decorative button for the center.
  8. Glue the buttons down and allow the glue to dry.
  9. Attach a hanger to the snowflake.
    1. Glue a green chenille stem to the back of the snowflake (center).  If your tree is not green use a stem of a matching color.
    2. Mount your snowflakes on clothespins so they will clip to the branches.  Paint the clothespins green first so they will blend into the tree.
    3. To hang your snowflakes suspended in a window tie a long strand of clear fishing line to the top of the snowflake.
  10. You are then ready to display your snowflake.

Salt Dough Recipe

This is a fun craft you can do with your children. Be sure to personalize the ornaments – write the creator’s  name and the date on the ornament with a fine tip permanent marker before sealing.

What you will need

Ingredients for Salt Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cinnamon, powdered (optional)
  • Cloves, powdered (optional)
  • Ginger, powdered (optional)

Other Things You Will Need

  • Cookie cutters (outline cutters are the easiest to use, but I have with good results using impression cutters) or cookie presses
  • Baking sheet
  • Acrylic paint and paint brushes
  • Clear acrylic spray/sealer (matte or shiny, your choice)
  • Paper clips or wire ornament hangers
  • Any decorations to add to finished product (ex: ribbon,  coarse glitter, pompoms, dried flowers, fake greenery, 3D glitter glue etc.)
  • Old fashioned clothespins
  • Garlic press
  • Rolling pin or unopened soda cans
  • Craft glue
  • Rotary cutter


  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Dissolve salt in warm water. Then add flour. To make colored dough add food coloring before adding flour. To make gingerbread men add 1/4 cup cinnamon and a Tbsp. of cloves and ginger before adding flour. Add more cinnamon until you get the desired color of doug.  May also add gingerbread potpourri oil for additional smell. Do not use a sealant uf you wish to have the gingerbread smell!.
  3. Knead dough well. Should be of about the same consistency as sugar cookie dough.
  4. Make ornaments – see instructions below.
  5. Place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes at a round until ornaments are hard – usually 3 to 5 cycles.  This process will take longer if you have free-formed shapes thicker than 1/4 inch.  Be sure ornaments are thoroughly dry. Stick a toothpick or nut pick into the back of the ornament; if it goes in, continue baking.
  7. Cool and then paint with acrylic paints or decorate.
    1. Mix glue with acrylic paint to make “frosting” for the sugar cookie look. You may need two or more coats.
    2. Coat lightly with craft glue and then sprinkle with loose very coarse glitter to “mimic” sugar sprinkles.
  8. After ornaments are thoroughly dry (let them dry overnight), spray them with clear gloss/satin enamel or multi-purpose sealer spray.


Ornament Directions

  1. Cut-out Cookies:
    1. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface. If using impression cutters – roll the dough out a little thicker. The kids may use the unopened soda cans as rolling pins (flour them first).
    2. Flour the surface of rolled out dough (sprinkle flour on surface then spread out with your hands). This will keep the cutters from sticking.
    3. Flour cookie cutters.
    4. Cut out dough with cookie cutters.
  2. Free-form Designs:  Use dough as molding clay to free-form your own design or to mold attachments for cookie cutter shapes.  When making very thick (over ½ inch thick) items allow extra baking time.
    1. Tin solider (use an old fashioned clothes pin for the legs).
    2. Sheep.
  3. Attachments:  Use dough as molding clay to mold attachments.
    1. Add holly berries to a wreath.
    2. Add “coal” eyes & buttons and a carrot nose. to a snowman.
    3. Use the garlic press to make hair or wool.
    4. Add wool to a sheep (either cut out or free formed).
  4. Add hair to an angel or a beard to Santa.
  5. To attach pieces wet the dough and the attachment, then press together and hold together for 15 seconds. Do not move until water dries (place on baking sheet before adding attachments).
  6. Decorative Edging:  Use the rotary cutter to edge the “cookies” with a crimped edge.
  7. Hangers:  Pull open paper clips and break in half to make two hangers or use an ornament hanger to create a hanger for the ornament.  Insert into the dough BEFORE baking or hot glue to the back when ornament is finished.  May also use ribbon as a hanger. Or punch a hole in the dough at least ¼ inch from the border with a straw before baking and then use ribbon or twine as a hanger.


  1. Store in a temperature controlled climate, individually wrapped with tissue paper and these will last for years. I still have some I made in 1987 and they are in great shape.
  2. These may be made for any occasion.  Make hearts for a Valentine’s Day tree.  Spray paint a branch with lots of smaller branches white, let it dry, place in a flowerpot filled with rocks and hang hearts from the branches.
  3. Can serve as name tags on presents.  Print the “TO: and FROM:” on the front and the date on the back with a fine tip permanent marker.

Gingerbread Ornaments: Clothespins & Cinnamon Sticks and Mini Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes

Gingerbread Ornaments & Mini Fabric Wrapped Candy Canes

The inspiration for these ornaments was a craft project, Gingerbread Min Clothespins, on Eyeballsbyday’s craft blog which is expertly written and photographed by Maggie.  As I didn’t have any mini clothespins on-hand I used regular sized ones. Also I don’t paint that well – I need LOTS more practice – so I punched some dots & hearts from craft foam for the buttons, found some mini googley eyes and some fine white cord to make the mouth.  I cut some “icing” from white craft foam with zigzag scissors. I painted the clothespins with FolkArt Cinnamon Acrylic Paint and let them dry.  Then I glued all the attachments on the clothespins and daubed on some pink checks.  I did try my hand at painting features on some of them using a toothpick for the brush.

The project also inspired me to make gingerbread men from cinnamon sticks.  Again I painted some and glued attachments on others.  I glued on a piece of jute for a hanger.

One of the things I have gotten for FREE on listia.com (a great site!) was some mini vinyl gingerbread men (Oriental Trading sells these).  Since I was making clothespins ornaments I thought, “Hey!, why not glue these bad boys on clothespins too?”  I did and they came out cute too.  I am wondering if they would look better on natural or white-painted clothespins.  I use E-6000 glue to attach the vinyl gingerbread men to the clothespins.  I used white glue first but the gingerbread men broke off when I pinched the clothespins to attach it to a tree limb.

The last thing I added to my mini tree were some fabric wrapped candy canes also inspired by a craft project on Maggie’s blog.  I really liked how the ones wrapped in white muslin and then wrapped with red rick-rack turned out.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you!


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Candy Cane Package Topper

Candy Cane Package Decoration

Candy Cane Package Topper

I found this FANTASTIC project, FABRIC WRAPPED CANDY CANES, on Maggie’s blog; Eyeballs by Day Crafts by Night; that I absolutely LOVED. And as I had both wrapping paper and candy canes on hand it struck me that I could make great  package decorations that coordinate with my wrapping paper!

This year I used three wrapping paper designs that all “went together” so it was easy to make these package decorations that not only look cute but are also are a sweet treat to eat for the recipient.

And a great plus to this project is that it uses up that leftover scrap paper that otherwise will get tossed – or if you had a mother like mine you will save in a box until the end of time “just in case” the world runs out of wrapping paper!  And your only cost is $1 for the candy canes!  This is also simply enough for kids too!

For a great photo tutorial on wrapping a candy cane see Maggie’s post FABRIC WRAPPED CANDY CANES.  Listed below are a few pointers on using wrapping paper to wrap candy canes.


  • Wrapping paper scraps
  • Candy canes
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape (dull finish)


  1. Cut three 1 inch wide 10 inch long strips of wrapping paper that coordinate or contrast with the paper on your package to wrap the cane. Three strips will cover a regular cane. I found it easier to work with several 10 inch long strips (because that was how wide the scrap pieces of wrapping paper on the floor were!) instead of a 30 inch long continuous strip.
  2. Simply secure the first strip of paper to the candy cane with tape (use the dull finish tape so it won’t show) or some white glue.
  3. Then start wrapping the cane splicing in additional strips as needed.
  4. Finish off the cane by folding the ends of the wrapping paper in on each other around the ends of the cane.
  5. And presto – – – you have the perfect package decoration!

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