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Octopode Factory Snow Globe

by Amy Bowerman

Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and keeping stress at bay.   This week at TOFF our challenge is “Winter”.  I must admit I was planning on copping out and just using a card I had made previously…if you’ve been following me for a while I’m sure you know how I feel about card making.  It’s pretty much a love hate relationship.  I Love the look and sentimental value of a hand-made card but hate the fact that my creations will inevitably wind up in the trash (this is why I buy Hallmark cards for people to throw away).  The morning my project was due I had a burst of creativity and Christmas spirit and decided to make a snow globe instead.

octopode factory snow globe

Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow!

It’s more of a “Faux Globe” actually but you get the point.  This snow globe was made with 85% recycled materials and most of the non recycled supplies I had on hand.  I used non-traditional Christmas colors like blue and rainbows for the Creative Inspirations challenge.  I’m a colorful gal and don’t like to limit myself to green and red.  Don’t mind the wrinkles on the can there I’ll let you know how I got them out in a bit.

How to Make an Up-cycled Snow globe

octopode factory snow globe

Winter Wonderland

Step 1– Creating the “Globe” and Snow.

The Globe part is an old fish bowl I’ve had hanging around the basement for decades it seems.

To create the snow effect I dipped an old tooth-brush in glow and sparkle acrylic paint and splatter painted the sides.  Before the paint dried I added some chunky glitter for extra sparkle.

The “snow” is made from recycled foam packaging with recycled bubble wrap layered on top (no shortage of that stuff this time of year).  Martha Stewart Glitter and Glittering glue were used to turn the recycled packaging into the winter wonderland the Octopode Factory images are frolicking in.

octopode factory snow globe

Embellished Octopodes

STEP 2- Create a scene with Copic Colored images mounted on Chip board.

Different shades of Martha Stewart Glitters were used to vary the depth of the snow.  The Octopode Factory images were sealed with Mod Podge, mounted on chip board and wired to picks to stick into the foam.  Adirondack Enamel accents were used for the eyes and the snow man’s scarf and the Rudolph noses and Christmas trees were embellished with beads, pearls and crystals.

how to make a snow globe

How to make a snow globe

STEP 3- Create a base for your snow globe from and old tin can and recycled wrapping paper.

I used this old Soda Cracker can for the base of the snow globe.  This was also hanging out in the basement and part of the reason I don’t mind working down there.  You never know what you might find when in need of something to alter.

I Mod Podged some wrapping paper from last year onto the can (yes I save it and this is why) and trimmed it with recycled ribbon from last Christmas as well.  You can see Rudolph’s “Shiny Nose” in this pic.

octopode factory snow globe with lights

Let there be LIGHT!!

STEP 4– Add Lights to make it merry and bright!

This is my favorite part!!!  I added a string of lights to the inside of the can to create a gorgeous glowing snow globe.  Not only that but remember those wrinkles I mentioned?  Well, the heat from the lights worked like an iron on those wrinkles and not only fixed my almost craft fail but gave me yet another reason to LOVE Mod Podge!

This hand-made snow globe pulls double duty as a fun Holiday decoration day and night.  It looks ADORABLE on my mantle and has done wonders for helping me get into the Holiday spirit!  Hope you will join in on all the Winter fun at TOFF!

Have a spirited Holiday season!

Amy*

 

 

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1 Kianel December 18, 2011 at 9:54 am

Very fun idea!
Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations paints challenge this week!
Love from France, Kianel.

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