Wednesday 6 December 2017

DIY Christmas snow globes and tree decorations

Emmaus Mossley Upcycling Group 3

Tucked away in the training room at Emmaus Mossley, 20 volunteers give up their time each Friday morning to upcycle unwanted items donated to Emmaus Mossley.

The upcycling group was the idea of a local community artist who has been involved with the Emmaus community in Mossley for over 13 years. The group use items that the community has a surplus of or finds difficult to sell in its current condition for their upcycled creations.

The items are sold in the Emmaus shop and the money they make goes back into the running of the community and to supporting the companions living there to move on with their lives.

In preparation for Christmas the upcycling group have created festive snow globes and tree decorations using items found in the shop at Emmaus Mossley. Here’s how you can make your own…

Snow globe

Time to make: 15-20 minutes
Skill level: Easy

Emmaus Mossley UPcycling group

Materials Needed:
1 x jam jar  
30-40cm of ribbon or enough to tie around the lid of the jam jar 
20cm x 20cm of fabric or just enough to cover inside of the jam jar lid
1 x tablespoon of silver glitter
Old or broken Christmas decorations and trinkets to create a festive scene inside the jar
Waterproof glue or adhesive

Step one:
Cut the fabric down to the size of the inside of the jam jar lid.

Using the waterproof glue stick the fabric to the inside of the jam jar lid.

Step two:
Take your broken Christmas decorations or trinkets and arrange them on the inside of the lid.

Secure them using the waterproof glue.

Step three:
Put the tablespoon of glitter into the bottom of the jam jar.

Fill the jar up with water leaving around a 1.5cm gap at the top of the jar.

Step four:
Once the glue is dry on the fabric and festive scene on you jam jar lid, apply a thin layer of waterproof glue around the inside of the jam jar lid.

Apply a thin layer of waterproof glue around the outside of the top of the jam jar.

Take the jam jar lid and screw it firmly onto the top of the jam jar. Your festive scene should now be upside down inside the jam jar.

Carefully wipe off any excess glue, taking care not to smudge it on the glass jar.

Step five:
When the glue is dry turn the jar upside down so your festive scene is now upright inside the jam jar.

Take the ribbon and tie it in a bow around the lid of the jam jar. Affix with some glue to stop it coming untied if you would like to.

Shake the jam jar up and down and side to side to watch as the glitter creates a snowy effective around your festive scene.

Christmas tree decorations

Time to make: 10-15 minutes
Skill level: Easy

Emmaus Mossley Upcycling Group 3


Materials Needed:
1 x wooden curtain ring
60cm of wool or ribbon, or enough to cover the wooden curtain ring
A small amount of glue
An old or broken Christmas decoration or trinket

Step one:
Apply a small amount of glue to one end of your wool or ribbon and stick to the top of the wooden curtain ring.

Wind the wool or ribbon around the curtain ring until all the wood is covered and you meet the point where you started.

Apply a small amount of glue the end of the wool or ribbon and secure it to the curtain ring to stop it unravelling.

Step two:
Take one of your old/broken Christmas decorations or trinkets and apply a small amount of glue to the bottom or back.

Secure the decoration or trinket to the curtain ring in your preferred position.

Step three:
Tie a piece of wool or ribbon to the small metal loop at the top of the curtain ring.

Using the wool or ribbon attached to the curtain ring attach the decoration to the branches of your Christmas tree.

To find out more about your local Emmaus and your nearest Emmaus shop visit: http://www.emmaus.org.uk/your_local_emmaus

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