Holiday Craft Tutorial: This Christmas Terrarium DIY features wooden elements for a different look. With step by step instructions and lots of pictures this holiday decoration comes together quickly.
This is a sponsored post by Cricut, the project and words however are my own. This Adorable Christmas Terrarium makes a wonderful DIY holiday decoration. Make it for a hostess gift or keep it for yourself, it’s sure to add to any centerpiece or mantle. This wonderful snow scene can be make with balsa wood for a more Scandinavian feel or use chipboard with paper/ paint to make it any color you desire. The possibility are endless. The best part is that you can leave this decoration up past the holidays!
This was my first time using my Cricut Maker knife blade – and I have to tell you I LOVED using it. It’s so easy and exact. My mind is swimming with other projects and possibilities. It’s a great tool and if you understand what it’s capabilities are you can make some really cool stuff! I also like that during this project all I had to do was to switch out the knife blade for my fine point to cut out the window cling and vinyl. No need for a second machine, I could just cut out all my elements in one crafting session.
For this project you will need the following:
Lantern with glass panes
Chipboard or Balsa wood that is 1/16 thick
Glue Gun and glue sticks
Masking or painter’s tape
Christmas Terrarium DIY Tutorial:
Step 1 – Cut out the Following from the Window Cling and Vinyl
In Design Space adjust the snowflakes so they will fit the panes on your lantern.
Using the fine point blade, Cut out 4 snow flake sides from the Frosted window cling. Then cut out the white and red vinyl for the house.
Using your BrightPad weed the Window cling and the vinyl.
Step 2 – Cut out the Following from the chipboard or balsa wood
When using the knife blade you need to tweak a few things to have success.
First be sure to move the star wheels completely over to the right.
Use the brayer to make sure that the material in secured to the mat.
Then using masking or painter’s tape, tape the edges to the mat as well.
Cut out the house elements and trees. Tip: keep an eye on the machine while it’s cutting to make sure that everything goes smoothly. Set the wood elements of the Christmas Terrarium DIY aside.
Step 3 – Add the window cling to the lantern
If possible, carefully remove the glass from the lantern.
Clean it with some window cleaner.
Then add the window cling to the lantern, taking care not to stretch or distort it. The nice part is if you mess up it’s easy to lift up and reposition.
Tip: Use the brayer to get out any air bubbles and to secure it.
Repeat with all 4 panes.
Put the panes back into the Christmas Terrarium DIY lantern.
Step 4 – Make the trees
Assembling the wood trees is easy.
Pop them out of the wood.
If there are any slightly rough edges sand them.
Slide the two together, to form the tree.
Repeat with the other trees.
Step 5 – Add Vinyl to the house
Gather the front and back of the house plus the door.
Using the EasyPress, iron on the first layer of vinyl (white).
I set it to 300 Degrees Fahrenheit for 40 seconds.
Remove the plastic and layer the red vinyl on top.
Use baking parchment to protect your press from any exposed vinyl.
Step 6 – Build the House
Gather all the pieces to the house of the Christmas Terrarium DIY.
Using a glue gun, glue the sides to the front and the back.
Now glue on the roof and glue on the eaves.
To add snow to the roof, put on a large line of hot glue and dip it into Epson salt and the fake snow mixture,
Repeat until you’re happy with the look.
Finally glue on the door so it is slightly ajar. Also I glued a mini bottle brush tree to the inside corner for interest!
Step 7 – Bring all the elements together
Fill bottom of the lantern with Epson salt and/or fake snow.
Place the trees and house into the snow,
Add some fairy lights if you wish, but I liked it just as it was! You just finished the Christmas Terrarium DIY Tutorial.
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