There is just something appealing about creating miniature scenes, whether it’s doll houses or fairy gardens or snow globes. Today, I want to show you how to make a teacup snow globe. Okay, it isn’t enclosed like a snow globe, but it has all the whimsy of one.
PHASE 1- Teacup Bird Feeder
Clean your teacup and saucer, then wipe down with rubbing alcohol to remove any detergent or oily residue. Tip cup on its side and place on saucer with handle positioned at the top. Note where cup is resting on the saucer and glue along that line. I used DAP All-Purpose Adhesive Sealant. Let dry according to direcitons. See supply list at the end of this post.
At this point, you can simply add a ribbon or wire to hang your teacup as a birdfeeder. Or use as a sweet dish for potpourri. I used this one at the vintage market to lure customers into my booth with chocolate.
PHASE 2- Teacup Snow Globe
If you’re tired of feeding seed to the birds or chocolate to your friends, it’s time to move on to the the next phase of this project.
Decide on the scene you want to create and round up objects that will fit the scale of your teacup. My teacup has a snowy scene, but you could create a sweet garden scene as well.
The snowman and tree are about 3 inches tall. I glued them into place with DAP adhesive. I also added a few white pom-poms to mimic snowballs.
TIP: Um, if you want to place anything inside the teacup, do that first.
I glued fake snow inside the teacup, along the rim of the cup, and around the snowman and tree. I used Liquid Laminate, but decoupage medium should work just fine. Just sprinkle the “snow” over the glue and press gently. You may want to do several layers in some spots to build up the snow.
If desired, add ribbon or wire to hang on your Christmas tree.
Did you notice the poinsettias? I placed tiny pots of single poinsettia blooms into a couple of my mom’s transferware teacups. One is placed on top of a stack of berry bowls to vary the height.
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Teacup and saucer (I bought this set at a thrift store.)
Miniatures to create your scene:
Snowman (I bought mine at Michael’s.)
White Pompoms (10 mm size)
Optional: Wire or ribbon to hang
Try your local dollar store for miniatures- they usually have a good selection of doo-dads that would work.
I used a snowman ornament and removed the string, then covered the hook with a bit of the faux snow.
Try Aleene’s Glitter Snow (affiliate link) instead of the liquid laminate and faux snow- I think it would be less messy and easier to apply.
This teacup snow globe may not technically be a snow globe, but it expresses the vibe of a miniature wonderland inside one.
For another non-typical snow globe, check out my Christmas Snow Globe Shadow Box.
Miniature gardens and wonderlands- charming or silly? 🙂