Crafting | Snowflake snow hoops

embroidery hoop with snowflakes inside

I have somehow managed to acquire a small collection of both snowflake ornaments and vintage embroidery hoops.

Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie

 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.

Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
This is what I came up with.

Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
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.

Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
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.

Making a snow globe embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Then I decided some of my snowflakes were a little too bright and flashy …

Embroidery hoop made into a snow globe by Wisconsin Magpie
… 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.

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Then I went back to the backs, coating each one with matte Mod Podge …

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
… and sprinkling on a little glitter.

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
I also added glitter to some of the ornaments.

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
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.)

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Then I pulled the netting through the hoops, trimmed off the excess …

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
… and glued the hoops onto the backs.

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
I decided to use three snowflakes in this one.

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
Here it is with the hoop attached and the snow inside. (I think this one is my favorite.)

Making snow globes out of embroidery hoops by Wisconsin Magpie
 And here is the whole group of hoops ready to be hung … except that I hadn’t attached any hangers at that point.

Making a snow globe out of an embroidery hoop by Wisconsin Magpie
So I pried the exterior and interior hoops apart and fed some burlap ribbon in between them.

Making flat snow globes out of embroidery hoops by Wisconsin Magpie

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.

Making flat snow globes out of embroidery hoops by Wisconsin Magpie
Hopefully I’ll remember that the next time.