Winter Decorations Inside Industrial Light Fixtures

Winter Decorations Inside Industrial Light Fixtures

Even though I’ve already made waterless snow globes before, I wanted to make a NEW version. You see, I found these industrial light fixtures (or jelly jar lights) at my Habitat ReStore and thought they’d be wonderfully upcycled into snow globes. But instead of making Christmas ones, I wanted to create winter decorations instead.

Industrial light fixtures or jelly jar light fixtures at Habitat ReStore for upcycling into winter decorations or winter snow globes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I see snow globe possibility!

See what I mean? Definite waterless snow globe potential! And since I’m always short on good winter decor, I think that’s the route to go with. There are a few extra steps involved because these are light fixtures and not jars (with a sealing lid), but I think it’ll be worth it! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Jelly jar lights or industrial light fixtures from Habitat ReStore for upcycling into winter decorations or waterless snow globes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yup…perfect for winter snow globes…

Upcycling Industrial Light Fixtures

Ok- to transform my industrial light fixtures into winter decorations, I decided to spray paint the bases (after removing all the wires and insulation, using needlenose pliers and wire cutters). Sure, I could have left them white, but between the clear glass and the artificial snow I’d be using, I wanted the bases to be darker. So, I used my favorite “galvanized” spray paint to do the job.

Spray painting base of jelly jar lights or industrial light fixtures to give them an industrial look for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding a more industrial touch…

When the paint had dried, I brushed on my favorite matte top coat for protection. Then, I needed to seal off any spaces/openings in the base so that my artificial snow couldn’t leak out. Hot glue to the rescue– just like crafty caulk.

Upcycling industrial light fixtures or jelly jar lights into DIY winter decorations or winter snow globes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sealing out the open spaces with hot glue!

For my first winter snow globe, I wanted to go “all natural” with just a bottle brush tree and some mini pine cones. I first found a wine cork that fit snugly in the light fixture socket- cut it in half and jabbed a crafting tree inside (an idea borrowed from this Christmas project of mine!).

Adding a bottle brush tree inside upcycled industrial light fixtures to make winter decorations or waterless winter snow globes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This should do it!

Then, I simply hot glued the cork inside the light socket- that was it!

Adding a bottle brush tree inside upcycled jelly jar lights to create winter snow globes or winter decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good…

Now to assemble my winter snow globe! Inside the jelly jar light, I added a handful of teeny tiny pine cones (like these, but mine were gold).

Adding mini pine cones and artificial snow inside upcycled jelly jar lights or industrial light fixtures for DIY winter decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pine cones first…

Then, I measured out some artificial snow- this is a total guessing game, admittedly, but I *DID* get to use my adorable science-y measuring cups. I poured the snow over the pine cones.

Adding artificial or craft snow inside upcycled industrial light fixtures for DIY winter decorations or winter snow globes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…then the snow!

And now the moment of truth. I turned over the base, complete with winter tree, and reattached it to the jelly jar light using the original screws.

Making winter decorations and winter snow globes inside upcycled industrial light fixtures jelly jar lights by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

MOMENT OF TRUTH….

Ta-da!! Winter decorations inside industrial light fixtures- it worked!

Making winter snow globes or winter decorations inside repurposed industrial light fixtures jelly jar lights by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yay!! Light fixtures transformed into snow globes!

I should warn you, though- I made a second one and it might be a wee bit controversial. Why?

I painted an authentically vintage Christmas putz house. I know- go ahead and gasp. Get it out of your system, I can handle it.

This is what it originally looked like. Cute, yes, but a little plain.

Cute, but…

Our own house is pale blue, with a dark grey roof and a bright red door. Soooooo…I painted the putz house to look like our house! And I also snipped off the top of a crafting bottle brush tree and glued it to the base.

So much better! (in my opinion)

Now that you’ve seen how cute it is, can you forgive me?

Winter Decorations Inside Industrial Light Fixtures

After that, I simply hot glued the putz house on top of the light socket inside one of my industrial light fixtures. I did the same thing to this one- poured my favorite craft snow inside the jelly jar light, reattached the base, and turned over.

How to create winter decorations or winter snow globes inside industrial light fixtures for winter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!!

And that was it- my winter decorations inside industrial light fixtures were done and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

Upcycling industrial light fixtures and jelly jar lights into DIY winter snow globes or winter decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A nice break from Christmas, too…

I’ll leave these out through February until it’s time to think Spring. But what do you think- do industrial light fixtures work for waterless snow globes, or what??

Don’t forget- I have an entire blog post full of upcycled winter decorations here in case you need more post-holiday inspiration!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. http://Cecilia says

    Way cute! And I like the house repainted…much, much better. Great upcycle!

  2. http://Karen%20Benitez says

    So cute, Sarah!

  3. What a great idea!! Love it!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  4. Love this idea!!!

  5. http://Grace%20Horton says

    What a great project idea…. thank you for sharing.

  6. These are great you could even make spring ones. You are so talented. I love all the different seasons you can do them for.

  7. http://Debra%20A%20Wise says

    You are just so clever. What a cute idea!

  8. http://Jackie says

    These “snow globes” are ADORABLE!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  9. http://Becky says

    Those came out so much cuter than I ever would have guessed an old light fixture could look! Beautiful! And I like that they are “winter” and can stay out into the post Christmas months.

  10. http://Robyn%20Wright says

    Absolutely wonderful!

  11. http://Rita%20Corblies says

    A great repurpose..you have a lot of imagination. Merry Christmas.

  12. http://Mary%20E%20Loveland says

    Okay, how many times can you stand to see “cute”??? Sosososo CUTE! Go girl!

  13. http://rosalinda says

    I love the look of these two. They look very serene and homy and I just love looking at them. Great project. I guess when someone says “snow globes” they use the clear Christmas globes, but I like this idea better…….Thank you for sharing……

  14. http://Kathy%20A says

    Yep, I forgave you when I saw how cute the house was painted! Gotta check out my local Restore! They have lots of light fixtures! I love all winter decor, too! Scored a bunch of bottle brush trees at Joanne’s for 70% off–hurrah! Full price hurts my Scotch-Irish-Polish sense of thrift! Merry Christmas!

  15. These are flippin’ fantastic. So cute, very awesome.

  16. I had no doubt that they would work! You are very creative with anything you get your hands onto. They both turned out super cute! I never would of thought of using those for a snow globe.

  17. http://Kelly%20O. says

    this is genius!! l collect gumball machines to make snowglobes but these are awesome!!

  18. http://acraftymix says

    Awwwwww Sarah, that’s so cool. Love how they turned out

  19. What a adorable idea! Love it.

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