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Easy Christmas Jar Cloche

Hey there friends! Can you believe we are nearing the end of October and the actual holiday season begins in just a little over a month? With that in mind, I have joined my friend Cindy of County Road 407 and several blogging friends to do a little early Christmas crafting for our monthly Pinterest Challenge!  If you are coming over from Christy at Our Southern Home or if you are just stopping by for a visit, I am so happy to have you here!

 

 

Each month Cindy chooses a photo from Pinterest for inspiration then each of the hop participants comes up with her own interpretation using similar elements, but with a bit of personal flair too.This month we are designing Christmas cloche jars using the cute photo below as inspiration.

 

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Simple Holiday Village in a Jar by Katrin of Northern Feeling

Elements Used in Katrin’s Simple Holiday Village in a Jar:

  • A glass jar/vessel
  • Faux snow (or Epsom salts)
  • Battery operated star lights
  • Handmade paper village (main subject/focal point)
  • Bottle brush trees

So easy and cute!

 

My Easy Christmas (or Winter) Jar Cloche:

Here is my interpretation of the Christmas jar challenge. I love how it turned out!

 

thrifted vintage christmas ornament

In my experience, every good project begins with thrifted junkin’ finds! I had originally planned to use some of my small vintage Putz village houses to create my own snowy holiday village jar, but I ended up lucking into some vintage ornaments recently at the Habitat Restore for only a dime a piece! I knew right away that I wanted to use the trio of adorable winter girls as the main focal point of my Christmas jar.

 

I am smitten by these little vintage-looking winter girls! I will enjoy them all through the holidays, but I also love that I can still keep them out after Christmas since they have a neutral winter look.

 

 

I decided to use this hurricane candle holder as my jar, since the jar I used first was a bit too small once I got everything placed inside.  You might recognize the hurricane candle holder from last year’s Christmas Dining Room Tour where I used it as a snowy cloche with one of my German Belsnickel Santas inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main issue with using the jar was that the light strand I bought really has way too many lights for this project. I started with a jar similar in size to the one in the inspiration photo, but I ended up having to use a lot of snow to cover the lights and the light box. This elevated the ornaments to the point that their faces were covered by the rim of the jar when viewed straight on, and the jar contents looked too crowded in general.

 

 

In addition, the way the pine sprigs with white winter berries were crammed inside gave me the impression of eyeballs in a jar! Halloween is coming up this week, but this is supposed to be a Christmas-themed design! I decided I needed a bigger glass container to space everything out, so I shopped my house and decided that my favorite thrifted hurricane lamp would work great. 

 

 

 

How to make a winter snow jar cloche winter cloche in a jar Christmas cloche

Easy Winter Cloche Jar Supplies:

  • Epsom salts and glittery faux snow from Dollar Tree
  •  Set of fairy Christmas lights from Lowes,
  • Two winter pine and berry floral picks from Joann (40% off)
  • Bottle brush trees from my Christmas craft stash
  • Winter girls thrifted Christmas ornaments (as the main subject/focal point)
  • Thrifted glass jar/thrifted hurricane lamp

Overall this project cost around $12 since I already had the jar/hurricane lamp. The lights were the most expensive item. I probably could have found a smaller set at the Dollar Store that would have worked fine, so really it should have only cost about $6-8 if I had shopped around for lights. 

 

Making an Easy Christmas Snow Jar Cloche

Making my snowy jar scene was so easy! I started by placing the lights in the bottom of the hurricane lamp, then spreading some of the strand out and around the top. I kept most of the excess lights down under the snow, which created a pretty effect. *If you have a button or on/off switch on your lights, be sure to place the box where you can easily reach it without messing up the other cloche contents.

 

Next I created a winter “forest” by sticking two pine and winter berry picks down in the snow for height in the background. 

 

 

Next I placed the little girls down in snow. I didn’t glue them to styrofoam or cardboard under the snow to keep them standing upright, because I might decide to actually hang the ornaments on my flocked tree or use them in some other Christmas vignette. They will stay in place if they are pushed down in the snow a bit so they don’t really need to be glued. Finally I stuck a few bottlebrush trees around the girls.

 

 

 

Don’t they just look so sweet?

 

“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!”

snow jar cloche winter cloche idea how to make a snowy Christmas jar

 

One last thing…(we all know I am no minimalist!) At first I loved the simplicity of my design, but after looking at the cloche for a few minutes I felt like it needed something else. I dug around in my Christmas junk and found this vintage-farmhouse style “Let It Snow” ornament. Perfect!

 

 

Making a Christmas snow jar cloche is so much fun! This actually isn’t the first time I have made one…

 

A Simple Mason Jar Snow Cloche

Many years ago I made this “Snow Wishes” jar for free on a snow day. I used supplies I already had around the house and a free printable of a snow angel from  The Graphics Fairy. I just printed the angel on regular computer paper and cut it out like a paper doll. I used a dab of glue to attach it to the bottle brush tree to keep it standing straight. The bottle brush tree was hot glued to the bottom of the jar, then I filled the jar with Epsom salts. Finally, I added a vintage marble and tiny vintage Shiny Brite bulb for interest.

 

 

As you can see, it is super easy and inexpensive to make a Christmas or winter snow jar cloche. I hope you are inspired to make one too! If you do, I would love to hear all about it or see some photos! Now it’s time to head over to A Stroll Thru Life to see what my friend Marty came up with for this challenge, as well as all of the other simple Christmas/winter jar ideas being shared today via the links below. 

 

Thanks so much for visiting!

Amber

 

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Rachel Harper

    These are so cute. Glad to be doing this challenge with you.
    Rachel

    October 27, 2020 at 7:50 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Amber!!
    This stole my heart!! I LOVE it and you know I love anything Vintage especially at Christmas!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    October 27, 2020 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Christy Little

    Amber, This is absolutely precious! I adore all of your vintage looks. You make me so ready to pull all of the Christmas decor from the attic!!!

    October 27, 2020 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Amber your darling “girls” look so happy in their snow scene! I think the fairy lights in the bottom of the jar covered with snow is brilliant! It glows! Isn’t it fun to create such beauty with things you already have? xo

    October 27, 2020 at 9:17 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    I adore those little girls! I think I’m overlooking all of the good stuff at thrift stores because I have a hubby with me and feel rushed. Next time, I’m going alone so I can start finding fantastic treasures like you do! Your glass jar turned out beautifully! So glad you could join in. Pinned

    October 27, 2020 at 10:00 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    My vintage loving heart pitter-pattered when I saw the sweet girl ornaments that you scored for a song. I love how you used them along with pine and twinkle lights to create the most beautiful display.

    October 27, 2020 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    What a darling vignette Amber!!! I have a hurricane jar and similar carolers so I might just have to steal this idea. Happy Halloween!

    October 27, 2020 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Marty

    Oh I love that you highlighted your musical talent and used carolers in your jar. How appropriate and so fun. The twinkle lights add the finishing touch.

    October 27, 2020 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Amber, I love how you created your beautiful snowscape with the sweet carolers and adding the “Let It Snow” ornament really is perfect! I didn’t think about using pine picks so thanks for that handy tip. 😉

    October 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    So cute! They look like 3 little carolers on a snowy night:)

    October 27, 2020 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    I love those sweet little snow girls, too! And your are right, that Let It Snow sign was an absolute necessity! Perfect finishing touch! Love your sweet Christmas Hurricane scene, Amber!

    October 27, 2020 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    What a sweet find and lovely cloche!

    October 27, 2020 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Amber,

    Beautiful and you find great treasures when you go junkn. Epson salts are the best for Christmas and winter.

    Fairy lights are beautiful too!

    Cindy

    October 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    This is so pretty Amber! I love the sweet winter girls and the Let it Snow sign!! It will be perfect all winter long and I love that!

    October 27, 2020 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    Your little girls are so precious, what a wonderful find! this is so beautiful and of course I pinned them all!

    October 28, 2020 at 12:01 am
  • Reply Crissy

    This is so sweet and sentimental, Amber! The three girls almost looked like a little caroling trio to me. It’s such a perfect scene, and good call on using that hurricane. It’s just the right size.

    October 28, 2020 at 12:04 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    Amber, I’m not sure which I like best: the little girls, the jar or the Let It Snow sign. They all work so well together. Very sweet arrangement for the holidays. The sign is the perfect finishing touch.

    October 28, 2020 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    It’s beautiful and such a fun challenge xo

    October 28, 2020 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Marlene Stephenson

    I love these little singing girls, reminds me of people caroling on Christmas, which isn’t done often enough.

    October 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    You have outdone yourself on the Pinterest challenge this month Amber. Who knew I could use epsom salt!

    October 28, 2020 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    Amber, I almost didn’t read your post; so glad I did! I love small figurines and dolls so I really enjoyed your vignette! Don’t you love a vintage treasure x 3! Someday I want a pink or white Christmas tree with my little figurines and international dolls decorating it–some clutter is gonna have to go first, though!

    October 29, 2020 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, your vintage Christmas cloche turned out beautifully with the hurricane lantern base! I really wish I could have participated this time ~ it was going to be an easy and fun Pinterest Challenge, but not meant to be. Too sick to even try. Next time!

    Enjoy your sweet vintage girls!
    Barb 🙂

    October 30, 2020 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    This is absolutely adorable Amber! What a fun theme for this Pinterest hop! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Farmhouse Friday!

    November 5, 2020 at 9:58 pm
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