I have somehow managed to acquire a small collection of both snowflake ornaments and vintage embroidery hoops.
So as I was packing away my Christmas decorations, I decided I’d put the two together to make a few flattened snow globes (or “snow hoops”) that could hang around my house for the rest of the winter.
This is what I came up with.
Here’s what I started with: my snowflake ornaments, my embroidery hoops, a bag of faux snow, some silver and white glitter, a piece of posterboard and half a yard of cheap white netting.
The first thing I did was lay the embroidery hoops on the posterboard and trace around them, to create backs for the hoops. I decided I didn’t want the backs to be just plain white, so I Mod Podged some newspaper onto each posterboard circle and gave them a wash of watered down white paint.
Then I decided some of my snowflakes were a little too bright and flashy …
… so I put a basecoat of black chalk paint (in lieu of primer) on them and covered the black with either white or silver craft paint.
Then I went back to the backs, coating each one with matte Mod Podge …
… and sprinkling on a little glitter.
I also added glitter to some of the ornaments.
I glued the ornaments down to the backs and sprinkled faux snow on them. (No glue for the snow; I wanted it to be loose like it is in a snow globe.)
Then I pulled the netting through the hoops, trimmed off the excess …
… and glued the hoops onto the backs.
I decided to use three snowflakes in this one.
Here it is with the hoop attached and the snow inside. (I think this one is my favorite.)
And here is the whole group of hoops ready to be hung … except that I hadn’t attached any hangers at that point.
So I pried the exterior and interior hoops apart and fed some burlap ribbon in between them.
In hindsight, it would have been smarter to feed the ribbon through at the same time I sandwiched the netting between the two halves of the hoops.
Hopefully I’ll remember that the next time.