I had such a good time at my little crafting desk yesterday, just in the very few minutes of time that I had available. It all started with a little 94¢ jar candle from Walmart in the Hot Apple Pie scent. I was surprised and pleased at the nice scent of this inexpensive little candle, but was very disappointed when the candle became unusable with about a quarter of the wax still in the jar.
The other day, I gouged the remaining scented wax out of the jar and added it to the similarly scented wax in my tart warmer. The little jar was so cute that I had to think of a use for it. I was surprised at how easily it cleaned up. The label is an easy-peel one, which helped, but I was able to wash the jar quite clean and dry it until the glass sparkled.
Then the fun began! I knew at this point that I wanted to create a very simple little snow scene inside the jar. The "snow" could of course be epsom salts. But what to use for a house or building? I tried a miniature paper house I'd made a couple of years ago, but it didn't fit into the jar. I dug through my small tote of Christmas embellishments and found a set of 2 vintage miniature plastic houses. At one corner of each little red house, a Christmas tree was barely attached. The unit wouldn't fit into the jar as is, so I twisted it ever so gently and the tree easily broke off.
I wanted to add some snow and glitter to the roof and tree. Here are a few pictures of the process. My little desk is topped with favorite Christmas cards under the glass; hopefully that won't be too distracting. For snow, I couldn't find the snow medium I knew I had, so used a "snow-writer" from a clearance sale; just squeezed some out of the tube and applied it with a little paintbrush.
|The raw materials|
|After snow and glitter were applied to house and tree|
|I used a tiny funnel to add epsom salts to the jar|
|After house and tree were placed|
|Then the lid was added (I removed the plastic gasket to make it prettier) and a length of baker's twine tied around it.|