holiday snowglobe clock…

with christmas just a couple weeks away, the hustle and bustle of the holidays might seem overwhelming.  as crafters we all know it’s never too late to create right?  so take a little time for yourself and make something magical.  here’s one of my favorite festive projects i taught earlier this year at a trade show that i want to share with all of you – think of it as your own mini holiday workshop…t!m

supplies used:
(Sizzix Alterations) #662421 Snowglobe #2 Thinlit, #660170 Pine Punch, #660171 Juniper Punch, #660172 Laurel Punch, Vagabond 2; (idea-ology) Assemblage Clock, Kraftstock, Adornments Pinecones, Small Talk Occasions, Trimmings, Loop Pins; (Ranger) Distress Ink/Weathered Wood, Distress Grit-Paste, Distress Glitter/Rock Candy, Distress Collage Medium/Matte, Distress Paint/Picket FenceDistress Watercolor Cardstock, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Mini Mister; (Tonic) Scissors; (Scrapbook Adhesives) Black 3D Foam Squares; (Misc.) Hot Glue, Paint Brush, Chipboard, Lights, Filler

prepping for the project:

– start by die cutting all of the elements for the snowglobe and punch a few pieces of festive greenery.  i prefer to cut by color so i group the dies per color, cut a piece of paper to fit them, and die cut the group (saves so much time). *note: read the next tip before removing any of the die cut pieces.

– did you know that on the back of each of the building dies are engraved numbers.  these numbers identify which pieces correspond to each other (pretty cool right?).  the basic rectangle die has numbers 1-5 because it is to be used as the “light” behind all windows (but honestly i prefer to cut cardstock to fit as needed like i did for the bell tower).

– sort all die cut pieces by building # and keep the remaining pieces for the scenery.

– cut two pieces of chipboard 3 1/4” x 1 3/4” and 3 1/4” x 3/4″ and apply distress grit-paste to the largest piece using your finger and let dry.  set the smaller chipboard piece aside, we’ll use it later.
– ink the background of the snowglobe with distress ink using a blending tool.
– spritz with water and blot off with a paper towel to create a snowy effect.


– i find it easiest to glue these tiny pieces with distress collage medium and a toothpick.  you might be thinking that a fine tip applicator would do the trick, but this way is so much faster.  it’s also important to TRUST that distress collage medium will dry completely clear, completely matte, and very fast so don’t be afraid to use it.  note: we will do this first building piece by piece, but the other buildings are done the exact same way so just repeat these steps as we proceed.
– start by adhering the snow roof to the top of the base building lining up with the top and side.
– flip the die cut piece over and apply collage medium to the back to adhere the “light” source cardstock.

– add collage medium to the front and adhere the window frames.
– remember distress collage medium dries clear, but it also dried fast so adhere one window frame at a time.
– adhere the pointed spire to the column.

– gently fold the triangle piece and adhere it over the spire to add a little dimension.
– apply a small piece of foam adhesive to the back of the tower (i prefer to cut my adhesive squares in half). note the placement of the foam adhesive, it’s important for later.
– adhere the tower to the edge of the building as shown.


– following the previous steps assemblage the building as shown.


– following the previous steps assemblage the building as shown.


– following the previous steps assemblage the building as shown.


– following the previous steps assemblage the building as shown.

– now it’s time to assemblage our village.  paint both sides of the small piece of chipboard cut earlier with white distress paint.
– adhere the bottom section of building #1 to the chipboard centering the spire as shown.

– adhere building #3 and slide part of it behind the spire of building #1 as shown (there should be room since we placed our foam tape high on the spire remember?).
– adhere building #4 slightly over building #3 butting it up to the right edge of the chipboard as shown.

– adhere building #2 next to the spire as shown.
– adhere building #5 slightly over building #2 butting it up to the left edge of the chipboard as shown

– add the snowdrift with foam adhesive, and secure the outer ends with collage medium if needed.
– adhere the trees and other accent pieces with collage medium and the village is built.

– ink the edges of the clouds, moon, and stars with distress ink using an ink blending tool.
– apply foam adhesive to the back of the clouds.
– position the village along the bottom of the globe to determine the placement of the clouds (DO NOT ADHERE THE VILLAGE).
– adhere the clouds, moon and stars.

– to add a dusting of “snow” apply collage medium to the rooftops and snowdrift.
– immediately cover with rock candy distress glitter and let dry.

– secure the village to the grit-paste chipboard base by applying a bead of hot glue along the edge as shown.
– position the village about center and hold in place to dry.
– adhere a small talk sticker along the front edge with hot glue.

– remove backing of assemblage clock and insert village into the clock.
– position the village so it rests level along the inner edges of the clock.
– apply hot glue to the edges to secure as shown.
– fill the bottom portion with clear plastic filler (found in the floral dept. at the craft store) or you can use tiny beads, etc.

– adhere the snowglobe background to the inside backing of the assemblage clock with collage medium (a perfect fit).
– if you’re going to add tiny lights (*optional) then you will need to poke or drill a hole into the backing larger enough to feed the lights through.
– feed the lights starting from the OUTSIDE in and take your time since the metal around the hole may be sharp.  once the lights are inserted, apply a dot of hot glue over the hole to close and secure the light string. *note: i found these lights on amazon, but you can find similar little lights all over the place this time of year.

– you can choose to leave your lights loose inside the clock or secure them in place.
– i simply wrapped the lights around a craft stick and glued the craft stick to the background with hot glue as shown.
– carefully place your backing back on to the clock positioning your lights as needed.

– at this point you can leave the clock the shiny silver, or create a shabby effect by dry brushing white paint over the clock and wiping the excess off.
– gather some punched greenery or use artificial greens if you have them.
– tie a bow around the clock handle and embellish with greens and findings for the perfect finishing touch.













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46 Comments to “holiday snowglobe clock…”

  1. Anne says:

    So busy before Christmas I missed this wonderful post so…. I’m starting on them for each member of my family for next year, they will absolutely love them. Like Christmas in a bubble.

  2. Terri W says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Tim I just love these assemblage clocks.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. lorena b. says:

    Excellent tutorial Tim! And thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to share it with us! Happiest of holidays to you, Mario, and all your Tim Team!

  4. Dria Finn says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to do this. I really miss the 12 tags of Christmas tutorials!

  5. Roxanne L. M. says:

    This is so lovely and nostalgic…. reminds me of when I was little and my mom had sweet lil village snowglobes out at Christmas time….. Sweet.
    TFS! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. Love how you did the lights! So awesome to have a tut from you too… Missed that so much!!! Gorgeous make and fabulous inspiration from you and your team this year!

  7. Sue Lelli says:

    LOVE this! It would be a FUN class at Whim So Doodle!

  8. Gwendolyn Taylor says:

    Thank you, Tim. While I lack Christmas spirit I am always inspired by your creativity.

  9. Love this!!! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!! Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Tim…I saw Mario’s post, about this delightful project, on Facebook, yesterday. As I told him, I was going to head over to the blog and see about putting one together, myself. I was right…this is exactly what my heart needed. Thank you, so very much, for sharing this with us.

  11. scrapscrapthat says:

    WHEEEEE!!!!! it’s such a treat to see you Tim…doing Tim Holtz!! I love your project and I just happen to have an assemblage clock on hand!! TFS

  12. Tamera B says:

    Oh my! This has to be the best Christmas project I have seen!!! Love it!!

  13. Joanie says:

    Thank you i love every thing you do i love how you get so happy about doing you craft i watch every thing you do thank you for sharing you talent with us Merry Christmas to you & all your great people that help us to do better love you all i live in Newfound land Canada if you every come this way please let me know , Thanks

  14. Rachel fisher says:

    Awesome. I love the lights….they look amazing xxx

  15. Theresa Petermann says:

    when I saw Mario drilling holes into all the clocks for your workshop, I was wondering if we would get a peak. great to have the step x step. I think I have a clock for each season now. love making them. thanks as always for the inspiration and for sharing.

  16. Pam A says:

    Fabulous project! I am going to make this sometime soon. Thanks for the inspiration and all the great tips that can be applied to so many other projects.

  17. Eve says:

    wow, just wow…

  18. What a beautiful little scene! The clock is fantastic for so many things. I’ve seen the numbers on the back of the dies and thought they were just for packing… lol 🙂 They’re so much more useful than that! Thanks heaps for telling us. I’d better order more clocks! 😀 xx

  19. Sally sTo says:

    Awesome Tim!!! I love this project so much! I am not a big snowglobe fan, but with your Clock this a total winner for me. I have to make it!
    Thank you for your inspiration, as always!

  20. Those small houses are so intricate! They would be fun to make and they are perfect in that clock…that I’ve wanted since it came out but I’ve never seen on for sale around here. Awesome project.

  21. Susan B. says:

    Hi Tim . . . A wonderful project! The shopkeeper at my favorite store (Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT) brought your project back from the aforementioned trade show and I attended one of the workshops she held. All of us went home with a fabulous holiday creation. Thanks!

  22. Olive says:

    Tim, that is the nicest project/tutorial I’ve seen in a long time. I’d love to try something like this. Thank you

  23. Toni says:

    T!m, thank you for all the amazing inspiration this Christmas, you and your designers have out done yourself as usual. Wishing you, Mario and your families a spectacular Christmas holiday !

  24. Melanie says:

    I need to get out my assemblage clock and start
    Making a Christmas village scene.
    Very inspiring tutorial!
    Happy Holidays Tim & Mario

  25. Debi McNamer says:

    Just ordered this die set and can’t wait to try this! I am selling the restaurant I have owned for 12 years and plan to vagabond my days away!!! Thanks for all your creative ideas.

  26. Sheila Bacon says:

    I’ve ordered the die set and can hardly wait to receive it as following your tutorial will make the final project even better than what was originally in my mind. Also, I own the original Snow Globe die set and can apply your tutorial when again using that die set. Thank you for the tutorial!!!

  27. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    Hot Dog! TU Tim for the tutorial a/k/a workshop on The Snow Globe! Although it is a challenging project, only because of the detailed dies. I was into miniatures before you stole my heart Tim Holtz. So this is project is right up my alley! I loved the first snow globe and this one is awesome. I have a passion for snow globes since childhood. BTW, I have about 6 clocks just waiting…..

  28. Cindy says:

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I was working on another project with my new sidekick (already need new pads) LOVE THAT TINY MACHINE! I will be stopping that project to start on this one, which I see as more Winter than Christmas related………….SO glad I’m on “vacation” (use it or lose it time) this week!!

  29. Tammy says:

    O my word this is so awesome. I love love love it. I have to get that clock face next time I am in Hobby Lobby.

  30. OMG … How cool is that ! Thanks for all the cool tips too… not let me see … humm will I have time for one of those ???

  31. Deb L says:

    This is a wonderful piece Tim! I did not know that there were numbers on the building dies, that helps a lot. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  32. Sheri K says:

    This snow globe clock is gorgeous! I love it–and it’s so true, we’re so busy crafting for others, that we don’t do anything for ourselves. I may have to make this after Christmas, when everything else is done and then put it up for a few days and have it done for next year.

  33. Mary W says:

    Not only a snow globe but a cool antique-y project that will light up a corner with charm! I love the colors you used for your town. Thank you for this tutorial for a great project! Merry Christmas.

  34. Candy B. says:

    So adorable! May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!

  35. Barb says:

    OMG….I love it! So beautiful

  36. memalagene says:

    AWESOME snowglobe lit clock!

  37. Deb Neerman says:

    Simply fabulous … thanks for the great inspiration!

  38. Michelle Salazar says:

    Love this project and the instructions are spot on thank you so much!

  39. Barbara L. says:

    A+++. This is lovely and the instructions are great as usual. Thanks, Tim. Merry Christmas to you and Mario.

  40. Earline says:

    Beautiful made Tim

  41. Crafty Violet says:

    What an awesome project. I love that clock and it’s perfect for those tiny, intricate houses.

  42. wendy b says:

    Wow! What an informative tutorial, love it! TYFS!

  43. Lucy says:

    I love this project. Thank you so much for demonstrating the details about using these dies. I had no idea about the little numbers on the dies. Oh, and the light trick is going very cool and great to know.

  44. Chelle says:

    love!!! thank you for the wonderful tutorial!!! ❤️

  45. Jan says:

    Wow I wish I had this a couple of weeks ago! I wondered what the numbers were duh Thank you It will cut prep time by half x

  46. Sure W. says:

    So awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

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