A Merry Christmas craft tutorial!
Editor’s note: this is a GUEST POST from our friend Leanna over at Poot and Boogie – we are reposting her entry on a wonderful craft that we thought our readers would really enjoy. Take it away, Leanna!
I have wanted to do a tutorial for so long! at last I have found a simple yet effective christmas craft that I want to share. It is super simple and if you want to make a few they are reasonably cheap! (bonus!)
I introduce you to the…
Winter Scene Jars!
The cast of Characters!
You will need:
Jars with lids (I bought some mason jars at the thrift store for 30 cents, and used a jam jar)
Pretty paper to cover lids
Scissors to cut pretty paper
Buffalo Snow snowflakes from Michaels
Cute trees (from Michaels they were 50% off!)
Little figurines like deer, mushrooms, cars, snowmen
Make sure your jar is clean and dry and your glue gun is hot!
(I had to bust out the tongs for the little deer, the jar opening was too narrow and I couldn’t get my hand in!)
I seriously love these winter scenes. I went crazy and made a ton of them, you can see from the pictures that I did a bunch of different things, but basically I used the steps above. These are so simple to make, it literally takes 5 minutes.
Some of my favorites…
I really don’t like it when bloggers won’t tell you where they found their supplies. So here you go. I tried to remember what I paid, don’t quote me on the prices but know that I am thrifty and I wouldn’t tell you lies.
Mason Jars: Local thrift store (not Value Village) .30 cents each with lids.
Buffalo Snow: Michaels $2.99 with a 50% off coupon! one bag did all 11 jars, plus I still have some left.
Deer, Mushrooms, Silver trees: .60 each, .20 each and .30 each respectively, from Scoop and Save which is a cake decorating store. I bought 6 of each.
Bristle Trees- Michaels — it was a pack of 22 trees and with 50% off the Christmas items I paid $16. This works out to .73 cents a tree!
Paper- I had in my stash
Toy cars- local thrift store .25cents each I bought 5
Depending on what you put in your jars, you can do this for under $4 a jar! Fantastic, I say!
I will be keeping my eyes open all year long for knick knacks to put in winter scenes for next year. I will be keeping my eyes open for little gnomes, foxes, wolves, and tractors! I will also be looking for Mason type jars through the year too, I much prefer them to up-cycled jam and pickle jars.
This project came from a mish-mash of ideas that I was wanting to do. I originally had seen snow globe jars on Pinterest for putting gift cards in. I wanted to make those for the gift cards I am giving at Christmas but was nervous about putting expensive gift cards in water. Then I thought I would just make snow globes, but I heard that the green bristle trees I wanted to use lose their color in water so that wouldn’t work either. (They do by the way, I tried before bleaching out the white one.) Still wanting to make a snow globe type thing I made these!
I am daydreaming about next winter already!
Live like you mean it,
I am a wife and stay at home Mama to 2 beautiful little girls, my youngest just happens to have Down syndrome. I make toys and dolls when I have time. I buy second hand converse all-stars whenever I see them in my size (a girl can never have enough! 7 1/2 if you see a pair!) I have chickens in my backyard, I love to sew and craft and take pictures, and drink chai tea lattes! Come see me over at my blog, Poot and Boogie.