DIY ~ Waterless Snow Globes Using Empty Candle Jars

Christmas is fast approaching and since I’m not allowed to decorate for Christmas yet until after Thanksgiving, I figured I might as well start some Christmas projects early this year.

I’ve always been a huge fan of recycling, repurposing containers. Since I hoard candles, I have a lot of empty candle jars. I wanted to use them to make some DIY Christmas gifts for my siblings this year. These are very inexpensive to make and people just love them. You can pretty much find everything at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for your snow globes.  The possibilities are endless.  I just need to figure out how to put lights inside and it will be perfect. For now, I came up with 3 styles.

Here are the things that you’ll need:

Empty Candle Jar with a flat lid (mine is from Bath and Body Works)

House Die (or get the tiny little houses at a craft store)

Card Stock to create the tiny house

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive (very important if you’re making 3D projects)


Small Bottle Brush Trees (green or white)



Decorative Buttons

Tiny plastic light bulbs

Small Deer and Gingerbread Men (you can find them at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or AC Moore)

Fake Snow

Hot glue

Here are the photos of the finished projects. I am also including my YouTube video on this post if you guys would like to see how I put it together.

Created by Maria Russell –
Created by Maria Russell –
Created by Maria Russell –

I hope I have inspired you today to start your Christmas crafts!

Screen/Panel Card

I am so happy to be chosen as one of the many talented monthly contributors for Diecut Crazy Magazine and this screen panel card below, is my first project submission. Our theme for the month of July is “Summer”. I have to admit that I was just a bit perplexed. I didn’t have any stamp sets with a summer theme. The majority of my dies are for Halloween, fall, Christmas and spring. I had to look back at some of my past projects and for some reason I couldn’t find any inspiration that would perfectly describe summer.

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In my opinion, summer is all about spending quality time with my husband and kids, traveling around, barbecues, loving the longer daylight, playing with pinwheels, kites, picking flowers, bird-watching and just generally enjoying the great outdoors! So I decided to capture these moments and showcase it through this Screen/Panel Card. The sentiment that I used for this card is exactly what summer is all about ~ it doesn’t have to be perfect to be WONDERFUL!

Supplies and Tools I used:

Screen/Panel Card – 6 x 12 Card Stock (on the 12-inch side, score at 3 inches, 6 and 9). This will create the screen.

All Four Panels (Card Stock)

Bottom Layer: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
Middle Layer: 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
Top Layer: 2 1/4″ x 4″

Stamp Sets – Perfect Pennants Stamp set, For the Birds Stamp set, Sweetie Pie Stamp set

Pinwheel sizzlit die
Decorative Punch (I used this punch to create the “legs” of the screen)
Petite petals punch
Banner Punch
Spellbinders Cherry Blossom Die
Fanciful Wings embosslits
Banners Framelits Dies
Grass Die (taken from the Garden Bench Pop it Ups Die)
Brown Embossing Powder
Copic Markers
Bahama Breeze Memento Ink
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Xyron Sticker Maker (I used this to adhere the branch and grass die cuts to my project ~ it makes my life a lot easier!)
Glue dots and stampin dimensionals

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Cute Pumpkin Treat Holder with a Black Cat

This is a cute and inexpensive treat basket to make to give as gifts to your little ones, work colleagues, or anyone special in your life. You can also make these as a treat for your “young” guests on Thanksgiving by just changing the cat into a fall-theme image (acorns, leaves, etc.)

Supplies Needed:

For the Pumpkin Piece:

2 Circle Tangerine Tango Cardstock cut at 4 ½ inches in diameter (Item No. 111349) and scored at ¾ inch each

For the Pumpkin Handle:

1 inch wide and 6 inches long Soft Suede Card Stock (Item No. 115318)
1/8” Mini Brads to attach it to the pumpkin (Item No. 122941)

For the Leaves:

2 leaves on a Green Cardstock stamped using Pistachio Pudding Stamp Ink (Item No. 131177) using the leaf image from the Wonderfall Stampset (Item No. 128087) .

For the Black Cat:

2 Extra Large Oblong Basic Black Cardstock (Item No. 121045) punched using the Extra Large Oval Punch (Item No. 119859)

1 Large Oblong Black Cardstock punched using the Large Oval Punch (Item NO. 119855).

2 Basic Black Triangular shapes for the Ears

1 White Gel Pen to draw the Face and whiskers (Item No. 105021)

Googly Eyes

2-Way Glue Pen (Item No. 100425)

Sticky Strip (Item No. 104294)

Halloween Card – Flying Witch

This card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator, Tami White. Although our cards are done differently, the design is the same. I thought of sharing this because the card is so easy to make – plus it is very unique in a way because this is not the typical orange and black Halloween colors. I really love this card and I hope you do as well.

Spooky Halloween Easel Card

I wanted to make a card that does not involve using a Big Shot. Since I still don’t have a Big Shot (not getting it until this Christmas), I thought of making this card by just using a punch and vellum to create a “window”. It turned out really cute! This card is so unique that the person you give it to will absolutely be thrilled! I gave it to a friend and she was so pleased that she wanted me to film a video tutorial so she can make a couple for her son’s teachers, and use it to decorate her table. I found my LED tea light from the Dollar store. You can get two pieces for a dollar and this card will be a great gift and pretty inexpensive. You can make these for any occasion just by changing the image, the color of the card stock and the sentiment.

Materials used:

(All measurements in “Inches”)

Card Base:

Basic Black Cardstock – Item No. 121045
(Size used here on this video is: 5 ½ x 4 1/4)


Whisper White Card Stock – Item No. 100730
(Cut at 5 3/8 x 4 1/8)

Basic Black Card Stock – (cut at 5 ¼ X 4)

Vellum Card Stock for the Window: cut at 2 ½ X 4 inches (you can trim this later)

Inside of the Card – Witches Brew Designer Series Paper (Pack comes 12 sheets in 12 x 12 – double-sided print – it’s really beautiful!) – Item No. 132185

Best of Halloween Stamp Set – Item No. 134381 (used the Owl and the trick-or-treat stamps)

Decorative Label Punch – Item No. 120907

Stampin Dimensionals – 104430

Halloween Treat Box Using Stampin Up’s Owl Punch

Now that Fall is almost here, it’s time to get decorating and crafting so by the time Halloween comes, you’re ready to sit back and enjoy it. One of the things I love to do is to make Halloween treats. On this video, I am sharing on how I created this treat box. I’m not exactly sure where I got the box measurements, but the topper is what made it cute. I used the Stampin’ Up!’s Owl Punch. I never thought I would get a lot of use for this punch but ever since I got it, I’ve been using it almost everyday with all of my crafting projects.

I hope you all enjoy this video.