To this day, some of my favorite Christmas decorations include my waterless snowglobes. I don’t know what it is about them- perhaps that I made them myself…and that they include vintage “bits”… but I just love that look: A quintessential Christmas scene captured under glass.
While out thrifting a few weeks ago, I came across this cheese board/dome that just screamed “REPURPOSE ME!”. I knew right away that I could use the idea of a waterless snowglobe with the cheese dome, so it came home with me.
I thought long and hard about what kind of Christmas/Winter scene to use…and at first, I decided to go the “Snowy Winter Forest” route with bottlebrush trees and vintage deer figurines.
While it definitely would have been cute, it wasn’t all that unique. And you know me- I gotta be different! So I drew inspiration from favorite childhood memories of winters up in Chicagoland- ice skating on a frozen pond! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Cheese Dome Makeover
So, my first task was to turn the wooden base into ice, so-to-speak. I had NO IDEA how I’d achieve this- frozen pond ice is swirly…cloudy…white and silver and blue…with bubbles…and streaks. So, in other words, gorgeously complicated. I first painted the entire base a polar sky blue. Then, I drizzled a few drops of silver craft paint on the center circle, and literally used a wadded up paper towel to swirl the paint across my “pond”.
Ok- it’s impossible to photograph- but that’s the idea! However, I wasn’t done.
To lighten up the swirly silver, I used the same paper towel technique with a few drops of white craft paint. I loved how it looked, but I added one more detail- using my thumbnail through the paper towel, I added streaks through the nearly-dried paint. Like scars from ice skating blades!
Again- I couldn’t photograph the end result well. But it’s pretty darn cool in person, I promise!
Even though I was creating a frozen pond, I still wanted to include a few vintage bottlebrush trees (how could I not?). I went into my stash and found a baggie of trees that I didn’t even remember I had! But the catch was that they didn’t have bases- just their pointy twisted wire.
NOW. For the ice skaters.
I thought about collecting a few of those vintage lead figurines, but they are e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. So I kept my options open and stumbled across a listing on Etsy for some darling little plastic skaters- they’re about 1½” tall.
All that was left to do was grab my hot glue gun and affix my trees and skaters to the “pond”!
The Big Reveal
I piled a little bit of faux snow around my trees, replaced the glass dome on top, and ta-da! A darling little ice skating pond scene…all with a dumpy little cheese dome from the Goodwill.
How cute (and different!) is that? I will definitely showcase this proudly with my Christmas décor.