Winter Christmas Scene under a Cheese Dome

Winter Christmas Scene under a Cheese Dome

To this day, some of my favorite Christmas decorations include my waterless snowglobes. I am a total sucker for anything miniature. Which means that vintage Christmas in miniature is kind of a double whammy for my heart. And when I spotted this cheese dome at the thrift store, I knew it was destined for a similar idea.

Cheese dome at a thrift store

I thought long and hard about what kind of Christmas scene or winter scene to recreate.

And while a traditional “deer & trees” scene 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! And I found the perfect vintage figurines to work with!

Mini ice skaters for a Christmas winter scene

Those along with a baggie of vintage bottle brush trees and I was all set to begin creating a winter Christmas scene!

Vintage bottle brush trees without bases

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Creating an Ice Skating Pond on the Base of a Cheese Dome

My first task was to turn the wooden base of the cheese dome into ice, so-to-speak. I had NO IDEA how I’d achieve this. The surface of a frozen pond is swirly, cloudy, with bubbles and streaks in white, silver, and blue.

So, in other words, gorgeously complicated.

First, I painted the entire base a polar sky blue.

Painting the base of a cheese dome

I legitimately used leftover paint from when we painted our master bedroom for this!

I also didn’t focus too much on the center of the base of the cheese dome. It was more important that the sides of the base and the outermost perimeter were nicely opaque.

Next, I drizzled a few drops of silver craft paint on the center circle. Then, I used a wadded up paper towel to swirl the paint across the blue paint.

Painting a miniature ice skating pond

It was difficult 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 to the base of the cheese dome.

Using my thumbnail through the paper towel, I added streaks through the nearly-dried paint. Like scars on the frozen pond from ice skating blades!

Ice skating pond for a DIY Christmas village

Again, I couldn’t photograph the end result well. But it’s pretty darn cool in person, I promise!

Creating a Winter Christmas Scene

Next, it was time to add a few of my vintage bottle brush Christmas trees along one side of the base of the cheese dome. 

But if you recall from above, they didn’t have bases. Just a sharp, pointy wire.

I thought about base options but ended up using air-dry clay to create bases for the bottle brush Christmas trees. Not only was it white (like snow), but I could mold it so that the trees sat flat on the base of the cheese dome.

Making bases for vintage bottle brush trees with air dry clay

I let the air dry bases dry over night. Now I could begin to assemble my little scene under the glass cheese dome!

First, I used my hot glue gun to attach the bottle brush Christmas trees to one side of the ice skating pond.

Vintage bottle brush trees for a winter Christmas scene

Next, I added the little ice skaters to the frozen pond.

And I know, the scale isn’t perfect (they’re nearly as the bottle brush trees). But, I really didn’t care! This winter Christmas scene was going to be adorable either way.

DIY Christmas village in a cheese dome

All that was left to do was pile up some faux snow around the tree bases and replace the lid!

Winter Christmas Scene under a Cheese Dome

And just like that, I had an adorable little winter Christmas scene under a cheese dome. Like a DIY Christmas village or something!

Upcycling a cheese dome to hold a Christmas winter scene

Of course a winter scene with trees and deer would be cute! And OF COURSE a little red pick up truck bringing home a Christmas tree would be cute.

But I love that I went in an unexpected direction with my cheese dome. A frozen ice skating pond in miniature is just as adorable, if you ask me.

Glass cheese dome with Christmas winter scene

Now, I may have to hunt down another cheese dome (or two) for other, more traditional winter Christmas scenes. But for now, I’m pleased as can be with my version!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Christmas decor, then you may also be interested in these candy cane decorations for Christmas porch decor, too!

diy candy cane decorations

Also, did you know that my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, contains an entire chapter on Christmas projects? You can purchase it online from Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart!

fabric christmas crackers from crafting with flannel

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. clickclickmycat says

    That is adorable! I have a couple of those in my cabinet. I’ve never used them.Now I have the best way as to how. Thanks.

  2. What an inspirational idea! I have a domed cake plate and vintage items from a village scene that I haven’t used in years. I know what I am doing today…

  3. Absolutely fantastic!

  4. Beautiful, you did a terrific job.

  5. Viane North says

    I love your ice skating dome scene. But what’s killing me about it is I used to own a cheese dome just like that, but I gave it away some years ago. Did you buy it?

    • I still don’t remember you having one of these, oh well. Now that I go thrifting all the time for projects, it’s probably best that I don’t think about all the options that were once in your cabinets (or Grandma’s)!

  6. those little ice skaters are so adorable!! love the cheese dome to ice skating pond upcycle. I really enjoy seeing the items you create from your Goodwill trips!

  7. VERY cute!! 😉

  8. Oh my that is a score and so adorable too! Mele Kalikimaka to you and Your Ohana!

  9. Sarah, this waterless snow globe is so cute!!! You did a great job recreating an ice skated-on-pond look! Those little skaters are a sweet touch. It’s unique…love it!!


  11. This is fantastic! I love the little skaters:).

  12. So precious! I love seeing all these firsts you come out with! This is the first time in my life I want… no… NEED a cheese dome… haha

  13. Very cute re-cycle, I love miniatures and this it turned out great!

    Thank you for sharing on

    Happy Holidays!!

  14. VERY cute! I see those cheese domes at the thrift stores all the time! Now I know what to do with one. How fortunate to find ice skaters on Etsy….gotta love that!

  15. Nourish and Nestle says

    Sarah, this is delightful! So, you are much younger than I am, but way back when I got married, everyone got these covered cheese trays! And of course, everyone eventually gifted them to Goodwill. So now, all of us who had these and donated them will be rushing back to Goodwill to buy them again! How funny is that?! And I admire the ‘creator’ in you to avoid the easy route with the deer…you go creative girl. And truthfully, i really does lend itself to an ice skating rink anyway. Well done!
    Have a fantastic day!


  16. I love this. I’ll never pass up one of the cheese domes at the thrift store again! Pinned it.

  17. Wow, super cute! I will never pass up on a cheese dome again. LOL

  18. Oh yea, this is adorable! Added your Etsy store to my faves, and I added you to those I follow on HT too. 🙂 Happy holidays!

  19. This is one of your cutest creations ever! I’d be tempted to leave it out to enjoy all winter long. ADORABLE!! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  20. What a great idea, and you’ve executed it perfectly! I’ll be watching out for op shop cheese board and domes now 🙂 Visiting from A Tray of Bliss x Fiona

  21. Now I’m wishing I hadn’t decluttered my glass dome.

  22. Oh what a cute idea – you have such vision I would never even THINK of doing something so fun to something like this after finding it at a Goodwill – good work girl!

  23. Just when I thought I didn’t need another cheese plate! Love it! & love all the great ideas. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Happy Holidays!!

  24. That’s so creative. It has a classic look to it, which I love! Makes me want to visit thrift shops for finds like yours!

  25. Can I tell ya I just saw two cheese domes yesterday when I was at my fave 2nd hand shop!! These are darling and thanks for telling us about the blog hop! I’ve always enjoyed Country Living! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday, and I’ll be pinning this! 🙂

  26. This is SO cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  27. I absolutely adore this! I must start thrifting!! Great job 🙂

  28. What a great craft! I love it! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! See you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  29. Clever use for an old cheese dome. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  30. I just love everything you create! You have so much imagination and the figure skaters on ice is absolutely too cute!

  31. Thank you for this amazing blog post. I am your daily fan reader )

  32. Very, very cute.

  33. And she does it again – something the rest of us wouldn’t give a second look – BAM – it’s an awesome decoration – Nicely done Sarah! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  34. This is perfect and vintage. What a great idea. I enjoyed reading your post.

  35. Adorable!

  36. Omg!! Sarah! Too adorable!! You are so creative! Thanks for linking up and sharing at DI & DI. I look forward to seeing your posts!

  37. Thanks for sharing this again, precious!!

  38. Oh this is too cute!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  39. Such a great idea! Love all the little trees and figures you put under the dome!

  40. This is adorable Sarah and a great up-cycle!! Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I’m delighted to be featuring you at tomorrow’s party.
    Hugs – Kerryanne

  41. Love your skating pond! I think I would use a Dollar Tree mirror, as I’m not too good with paint. Now to find the cheese dome and figures! Thanks for your tutorial!

  42. OMW Sarah, that’s really inventive and soooo cute. You did a great job mimicking the ice and the scratches left by the skates using the paper towels. It looks really good in the photo and I can only imagine how awesome it must look in real life and those little skaters you found on Etsy are just too adorable. Great re-purpose as always

  43. I think all of you have bought up all the cheese domes caz I haven’t found one yet! However, I have my stash of bottle brush trees and a small collection of thrifted matchbox cars and trucks to tie a tree onto with bakery twine. My red trucks got a coat of red nail polish as they were too shabby! I would have been tempted to use a mirror but the scratched up surface is much more realistic! I really love your idea of waterless snow globes–less mess if it breaks, no cloudiness, etc. On the lookout for more deer and winter people besides Santas and old-looking jars/bottles! AND you can use these all winter (which is a LONG time here in Maine!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Haha, I promise you I haven’t- I’ve only bought that one and that was a couple of years ago now! I still find them from time to time on my adventures, but leave them on the shelf for another lucky thrifter. 🙂

  44. Well, if I find more than 1 reasonably priced, I will get them to showcase 1/2 or 1/4 scale dollhouse dioramas! I picked up a 4 room much loved dollhouse curbside this week….oh, yeah, that’s another story!

  45. Kathy Ficocelli says

    So adorable but also versitale. You could cut out piece of circular material or felt for “floor” and make scenes for every season!

  46. Terry Fontaine says

    I love this. Can you tell me how you attached the figures so they don’t fall over?

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