This ornament lets kids assemble miniature figurines and novelty items into magical “through the looking glass” scenes.
What you’ll need
- 9-ounce clear plastic cup
- Silver poster board
- Pinking shears or decorative craft scissors
- Polyester batting
- Miniature trees (sold in craft stores; try the dollhouse or model railroad section)
- Miniature animals or people (sold in craft stores or online at BJCRAFTSUPPLIES.COM)
- 1-inch-wide mirror
- Tacky glue
- Fine glitter
- Several craft beads
How to make it
♦ Follow the edge of the mug onto the underside of the poster board. Remove the round, however stay no less than 1/8 inch outside the trace line so the base will be marginally bigger than the glass.
♦ Cut out a loop of batting snow that is the same distance across as the cup and set it on the sparkling side of the poster board circle.
♦ Separate or clip the batting where you’d like to position the trees, dolls, and mirror lake. Glue the base of every thing to the poster board, then smooth or cushion the snow around them as required. Sprinkle the scene with fine glitter.
♦ Utilize the pushpin to poke a hole in the middle of the cup bottom. String a craft dead onto a 12-inch length of monofilament. Accumulate the edges together, letting the bead fall to the canter of the line, and string them up through the opening from inside the cup. String some more bead onto the multiplied line and afterward knot the ends to form a loop.
♦ Apply a line of glue along the edge of the poster board loop. Press the cup, upside down, on the paste and hold it set up for 20 seconds or so. Throughout the first 10 minutes of drying time, sporadically check the seal and press down tenderly on the glass, if needed. Let the glue cure for a full day before hanging the ornaments.