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How To: Make a Miniature Tinsel Tree Snow Globe

How To: Make a Miniature Tinsel Tree Snow Globe

A few weeks back I saw a really sweet tutorial for how to make a tinsel tree for a dollhouse. I couldn't let the opportunity pass, so I decided to make one and put it under glass. Specifically a homemade waterless snow globe. Although there's quite a few steps to this process, it really doesn't take much time to make (maybe an hour). Now let's get started.

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Here's a list of stuff you'll need to make a miniature tinsel tree snow globe:

  • tinsel chenille stems (aka: pipe cleaners)
  • fine beading wire (I used 32 gauge, but you could use thread too)
  • glass beads (3mm or so)
  • a 3/4" high wooden spool (optional)
  • white craft paint and brush
  • hot glue and gun
  • faux snow 
  • one 4" terra cotta pot saucer
  • one 6" clear replacement light fixture globe with 3 1/4" opening (you can find these at your local big box store; mine was about $5)

We begin with the tinsel tree. I pretty much followed the instructions found at Puchicollective, HOWEVER, I made mine even smaller and included a bunch more branches. These are the lengths I cut my tinsel pipe cleaners:

  • 3 at 1/2"
  • 3 at 3/4"
  • 3 at 1"
  • 3 at 1 1/4"
  • 3 at 1 1/2"
  • 3 at 1 3/4"
  • 3 at 2"
  • 3 at 2 1/4"
  • 4 at 2 1/2"
  • 2 at 8"

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Like Puchi, I started with the two longest stems, twisting them together and down about 1/4" inch (this step begins the formation of the trunk of the tree).

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Then I tucked the three 1/2" lengths into the stems and twisted the trunk 1 and 1/2 complete revolutions. Then I tucked the 3/4" set in between the long stems and so on. The 1 and 1/2 revs will make the trunk between each set of branches about 1/8" to 1/4" inches long. 

When you finish twisting in all your branches, glue the bottom trunk into a small spool, trimming off trunk excess. You could also bend out or spiral the two middle stems to create a 'tree holder'. 

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Paint your saucer with your craft paint and let dry; then hot glue your spool (or holder) at the center of the terra cotta saucer.

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"Fluff out" your stems and add a small handfull of faux snow to the saucer.

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Now we'll make some beaded garland for our tree. String your first bead onto the jewelry wire and twist the wire once or twice to fix the beads in place.

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Continue stringing beads and twisting once or twice every 1/2 inch or so. I made my garland about 7 inches long.

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String the garland carefully around your tree. 

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If you're wondering how tall the mini tree is...it's about this tall:

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Finally, slip the globe over the tree + snow, fitting the flange of the globe into the saucer. 

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DesigningMom on Dec 11, 2012:

LOL That sounds about right.


DIY Maven on Dec 11, 2012:

DM: I don't keep count! Several dozen, probably. I just bought a bounce light for my camera, which has helped a lot. Otherwise, I eschew flash.


DesigningMom on Dec 11, 2012:

Photographing anything through glass can be a challenge unless you can put your lense right on the glass, which in this case wouldn't have worked. You did very well though. How many shots did it take to get this one? I ask because I photograph our home often and to get the right lighting, the least amount of reflections and the right colors all in the same shot, it can take quite a few tries on different settings.


DIY Maven on Dec 11, 2012:

Sherry & DM--I'm glad you guys like it! It looks even cuter in person. I didn't anticipate how difficult it would be to photograph tinsel through glass!


DesigningMom on Dec 10, 2012:

That is absolultely adorable!


Sherry on Dec 10, 2012:

This is so adorable! I think I have everything I need in my craft stash Thanks!


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