Repurposed Cheese Dome Ice Skating Pond

Repurposed Cheese Dome Ice Skating Pond

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.

Cheese dome cloche from the thrift store for an upcycle / repurpose Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods

Come to mama…

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”.

After using the child-like "paper towel method" of painting!

After using the child-like “paper towel method” of painting!

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!

I swear, it looks like scarred-up ice in person!!

I swear, it looks like scarred-up ice in person!!

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.

Adding a standing base to vintage bottlebrush trees

Couldn’t pass these up, but they need bases…

I thought about base options and decided to use some of the leftover air-dry clay I had used from my haunted house cookie jar! I just love this stuff- it worked perfectly.

Adding standing bases to vintage bottlebrush trees using air dry clay by Sadie Seasongoods


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.

Vintage miniature ice skaters for DIY Christmas upcycle repurpose skating pond with a thrifted cheese dome cloche by Sadie Seasongoods

Ok- these guys and gals are perfect…

All that was left to do was grab my hot glue gun and affix my trees and skaters to the “pond”!

Creating a vintage ice skating pond Christmas display using a thrifted cheese dome cloche /

Putting everything together…

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.

Creating a vintage ice skating pond Christmas display using a thrifted cheese dome cloche /

Straight out of Currier & Ives! (well, sort of…)

How cute (and different!) is that? I will definitely showcase this proudly with my Christmas décor. And please be sure to check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycled DIY Christmas project ideas for even more festive inspiration!

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  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…

    • says:

      Thank you so much, Mary Ann! I have a busy travel week and decided to post this early (i.e., no Tuesday post), so I’m glad you didn’t mind!! 😀

  3. Absolutely fantastic!

    • says:

      Thanks, Mary!! Normally, I would have posted this on Tuesday (like normal) but I have a busy week of work travel…so I posted it early. 🙂

  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?

    • says:

      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!


    • says:

      Thank you so, so much for the sweet comment, Lynn!! And yes, my mother told me that she, too, had a cheese dome but I have no memory of it. 🙂

  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!

    • says:

      I think a cheap mirror would work just fine- you could blot a little white paint on the mirror and it would really look like ice. 🙂

  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!


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