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Christmas Village Snow Globe Centerpiece

If I had a nickel for every time spray paint came to the rescue… well, I’d have a lot of nickels. I lost count.

When I’m walking through the thrift store during my weekly visit (because ya know, frequent stop-ins is how you find the good stuff) half the time I think to myself, “Spray paint would make that look amazing.”

This old Christmas village set I scored for $8 was definitely one of them:

How to turn an old Christmas village figurine set and dome clocks into a snow globe inspired centerpiece. #Christmasdecor #ChristmasTable #ChristmasCenterpiece

And it turns out, they were destined to end up inside of a couple of old clock domes I snagged at the thrift store last year:

How to turn an old Christmas village figurine set and dome clocks into a snow globe inspired centerpiece. #Christmasdecor #ChristmasTable #ChristmasCenterpiece

Supplies Used: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)

  • Rustoleum Semi-Gloss White Spray Paint
  • Christmas village figurines (if you don’t have much luck at the thrift store, they’re all over eBay… go for the cheapo ones, not the high-dollar collectibles)
  • Dome clocks (those are on eBay too, but I usually find them way cheaper for around $6 at the thrift store)
  • Domed cake stand (I just had one of these already in our kitchen and figured I’d put it to good use.)
  • Fake snow 
  • Bottle brush trees (Mine came from the Target Dollar Spot.)
  • Christmas tree clippings (that I got for free from our town’s Christmas tree lot. Just ask the workers, they usually don’t mind having them taken off of their hands.)

I just sprayed two coats of the Rustoleum spray paint on the figurines (P.S. Rustoleum has way better coverage than Krylon, in my experience).

For the dome clocks, I used a screw driver to take out all of the clock parts and painted the bases using my weathered wood method with chalk paint and wax.

Then just stuck the little houses under the domes with some fake snow and bottle brush trees…

Isn’t it cuuuuuuute?! I put it all together as a centerpiece on our kitchen table.

I’ll be very surprised if Olivia doesn’t toss the fake snow all over the house by the time Christmas Day rolls around, but she is in heaven every time we sit at the table to eat breakfast and dinner every day.

It does feel like a little touch of Christmas magic. Only thing missing is maybe a big batch of cinnamon rolls on a lazy December Saturday morning. Thinking that needs to happen…

I’ll be sharing more of our house all decked out for Christmas really soon, but I couldn’t resist posting this one ahead of time. I think we’re going to need more dome clocks and house figurines because Olivia is begging to make more of these cute little snow globes.

Have you done any fun Christmas crafts lately? Or one that was super kid-friendly? Or find any pieces at the thrift store that were begging for spray paint and just needed someone to believe in them?

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17 Comments

  1. A snow globe needs snow swirling around inside. Fairy lights would be a good substitute but I wonder if I can scrounge an old laptop fan out, put it in the buildings and make the flurries a reality?

  2. Your Christmas village in the snow globes and on the dining table sure makes the “All is calm, all is Bright” Christmas come true. I love the white buildings and the artful way you have strewn evergreens and white snow around them. It just looks so peaceful – like waiting for Baby Jesus to come!

  3. Great idea! I will also start thinking “spray paint” as I browse the thrift stores! Decorations like that can go beyond Christmas, as winter decorations, too. In the snowy Northeast, anyway! : )

  4. Lauren!! So DARN cute! Pretty much my favorite decor I’ve seen all day (and I’ve scrolled IG a lot!)

    1. Oh that’s cool! I haven’t tried lighting them up yet, but I think I might get some battery powered fairy lights to put in the jars that would be really pretty at night.

  5. That’s why we need people just like you in this world because people like me would never even think to spray paint old stuff or use an old clock casing to house something new…!
    Thanks for your creativity!

  6. That is just adorable, I love it! I would never have thought about spray painting the little village. I have one that I’ve had for years and haven’t used it for awhile, so I hope I get time to try this, even if I don’t have the domes, I think it would still look cute displayed on a shelf or on top of a cupboard!

  7. Wow! I love the inspiration! Beautiful as always! Thanks for the great idea of painting over the odd set that doesn’t fit the rest of my village!

  8. I LOVE your ideas Lauren!! So many ways to be creative and be on a budget. My kind of thing! I just decorated my house and have made almost all our decorations. We love our house and things are more special knowing we made them ourselves. 🙂 BTW, Spray paint has become my best friend 😉

  9. I absolutely love it! The white spray paint updates the whole look of the tiny Christmas village! I wanted to mention that you can buy tiny tiny strings of white lights on a battery that can be curled up inside your Glass dome – – I’ve done this before and it really adds a fun element.
    Ive got a couple of older, inexpensive Christmas deer decor– one with his head up, one with the head down, and I think i might spray them white and make a mantle top scene with the deer, greenery, faux snow and bottlebrush trees! Isnt it fun how ideas expand?
    Love all that you do!

    1. Haha! I just mentioned this in a previous comment to someone. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Fairy lights would be so cute under the domes at night. That sounds really cute to do with the deer! Gold or silver spray paint would be really pretty too for lights to play off of.

  10. I have what I believe is the same set. It was my Grandmother’s….but, even being the purest that I am (hate painting over things), I think I’m going to try this. It’s absolutely darling! Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your lovely home with us! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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