If you enjoy making crafts for Christmas, this one is especially easy to do with small children and needs very little to be bought, which is always a bonus.

For a working snow globe all you need is the following:
Mini Tree or scene of your choice

To make the snow globe simply: 

  1. Glue your chosen scene to the lid of the container. Kilner jars or vintage sugar shakers look great for this.
  2. Fill the jar approximately 3/4 of the way with one part glycerin to four parts water.
  3. Add the glitter.
  4. Screw the lid back on, ensuring the glue has dried and shake!

This snow scene from Sweet Paul is made using rock salt

These jars were brushed with glue on the top and bottom before the glitter or fake snow were added, to create a frosted effect.

For something more minimal simply place your chosen Christmas scene under a small bell jar

One of the best things about the run up to Christmas is that there are loads of opportunities to get involved with some crafting. Some of the quickest, simplest and cheapest ideas are using recycled materials to make your own gift wrap.

Newspaper, brown parcel paper, string and even old woollen socks and jumpers can all be upcycled into the most stylish packaging. Here’s some of my favourite ideas.

I love the shot of acid yellow used here and the tape measure is a genius idea if you are giving a gift to a crafter or somebody who sews.

Paint on the back of a doily and use as a stamp.

This grey knitted wrap is a great way to upcycle old socks or sweaters

Use up leftover haberdashery to decorate parcels

Simple sacking cloth or upholstery materials give this parcel a rustic charm.

I love this idea of using feathers. These are cut from felt but feathers are readily available to buy in bulk online. I’ve just been given some partridge feathers by a friend that are beautiful, so I’ll be recycling those.

Buy a decorative paper punch from a craft store to pretty up brown parcel paper gift wrap.

These mini pom poms are so easy to make using tissue paper. There are lots of how to tutorials online for larger party poms, just scale them down for perfect parcel size.

Use newspaper and keep it graphic with black and white or red and white twine or ribbon.

I have stylist envy. I am in awe of Maxine Brady’s sheer talent as a stylist and of her varied and very impressive portfolio and I would love to create images such as the beautiful still life shoot Maxine and the equally talented photographer, Joanna Henderson have produced for this months Heart Home magazine.

The simplicity of the shots using paper cloth & string, together with the creative ideas, is my favourite feature of this months online magazine, which I think is Heart Homes best edition yet and I am ready to get my scissors out to recreate some of the ideas. The string star and cloth rosettes would be perfect for Christmas and you could continue the Christmas theme by making the paper bunting from Christmas carol sheet music?