How to Make a 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe

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It’s no surprise that gnomes continue to be popular year after year.  Last year, I had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing designers for a Gnome Takeover.

I designed this really cute Mr. and Mrs. Gnome Bundle you can download for free and the other bloggers included even more gnome projects like a Gnome coffee cup sleeve, pop-up card, gift box, and more.

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So it’s no surprise that we’ve decided to collaborate again.

This year I wanted to take that same gnome but make it into a 3D layered project to marry the love I have for gnomes and layered designs.

Download this free 3D Christmas Snow Globe featuring a holiday gnome.

 

This design was inspired by Designs by Miss Mandee who makes amazing die cut files.  Check her out!

For the bottom of my snow globe, I designed a rocking horse base that has a surprise box to hide a small gift or a note inside.  You can leave it as a standing globe or I’ve also included a place at the top to hang it as an ornament on your Christmas tree.

The snow globe has acetate on the front so you can see through and I bought some fun wintery cardstock to make a snowy background.  You could easily replace the background for another piece of acetate to have a truly see through snow globe.

Let me show you how to make the 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe in Cricut Design Space.

This can also be made using a Silhouette, Brother Scan n Cut, or another cutting machine.  Just choose the file type that works for your machine.  You can reference the ‘How to use cut files’ document included in the zip file to learn which file type is needed for your cutting machine.

If you’d rather watch a video tutorial, click on my Free Birthday Cake Layered Cut Files YouTube video below:

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Materials & Supplies

       

   

 

Upload the 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe cut file to Cricut Design Space

Insert the 3D Christmas Gnome cut file onto your canvas

First, ungroup the layers by click Ungroup at the top of the Layers Panel.

Ungroup the 3D Christmas Gnome layers in the Layers Panel

If you’re adding the date or something else to the front plaque, choose the Text option from the Design Toolbar to the left of the Canvas.

Type out your text and make sure to select a writing font from the Edit Toolbar.

Select the Text from the Design Toolbar and a Writing font to add text to the plaque

Resize the text and place it on the top of the plaque.  Select both the text layer and the plaque and Align > Center Horizontally to ensure the text is centered.

Resize the text and center it on the plaque using the Edit Toolbar.

Then click Attach at the bottom of the Layers Panel.  This will ensure that the text is written on the plaque and not separately.

Attach the layers so that the text is written on the plaque

Now   

On the prepare screen select the size cardstock you'll be using for each color

 

Select the material settings for cardstock and acetate

Once you have all of the pieces cut out it's time to assemble the snow globe.

Start by gluing together the two strips which will go around the snow globe to make it 3D. Add glue to either end of the strip with two tabs.

Glue the two strips together using the tabs.

Then glue the strip with only one tab at the end to form one long strip.  Set aside for the glue to dry.

Makes one long strip with tabs.

Next, we’ll put together the Christmas tree. Start by folding the Christmas tree trunk along the three score lines.

Start by folding the Christmas tree trunk along the score lines.

Add glue to the Christmas tree.

Add glue to the Christmas Tree

Add the red layer of the Christmas tree.

Add the red layer of the Christmas tree

Add glue to the other side of the Christmas tree (only the top) and sandwich the top together.

Add glue to the other side of the Christmas Tree

Add the snow and the star on top and you’ve finished the Christmas Tree.  Here’s what it will look like when finished.

Here's what the final Christmas Tree looks like

Now, let’s assemble the Gnome.

First, fold the score lines on the bottom black layer.

First, fold the score lines on the bottom black layer. 

Next, glue on the beige layer.  The gnomes hat and smile should be on the left.  So when you add glue the hat and smile will on the right.

Next, glue on the beige layer.  

Glue on the red layer.

Glue on the red layer. 

Glue on the gnome’s beard.

Glue on the gnome's beard. 

Add the present which will fit directly around the gnome’s hands.  The top of the present is smaller than the bottom so you can tell which way it goes.

Add the present which will fit directly around the gnome's hands.

Add the ribbon to the present.  The bigger part of the bow is the top.

Add the ribbon to the present.

Lastly, add the snowflake to the gnome’s hat.  It’s pretty small which is why I love using the fine tip applicator.

Lastly, add the snowflake to the gnome's hat.

Here’s what the gnome will look like when finished.

Here's what the gnome will look like when finished.  

To make the base of the snow globe, start by making the box and lid.  First, fold the score lines for the box.

Start by folding the score lines for the box

Then glue the four tabs to the inside of the box.  Hold each side for a few seconds before moving to the next tab.

Glue the tabs to the sides of the box

That’s it.  You now have a little box, perfect to add a small gift or a special note for someone special.

Here's the finished box

Now, repeat the steps for the lid.  Because the lid sides are much small, I use the table to help fold the scorelines.

Fold the score lines to the lid

Next, add glue to the tabs and glue them to the inside of the lid.

Glue each of the tabs to the sides of the lid

You now have a finished lid.  Let both dry fully before adding the lid to the box.

You now have a finished lid

Add the decorative rails to the rocking horse sides.

Add the decorative rails to the rocking horse sides

It’s a mirrored design so there is no right or wrong side.

It's a mirror image so there is no right or wrong side

Add the plaque to one side.  This will be the front of your snow globe.

Add the plaque to one side, this will be the front of the snow globe.

The slits on the top of the lid are for the gnome’s feet, Christmas tree and the front and back of the snow globe.  Make sure the two slits for the gnome’s feet are on the left and that will be the front of your lid.  The lid slits are for the gnome and Christmas tree.

Glue the front of the rocking horse’s base to the front of the lid.

Add the front of the rocking horse to the front of the lid.

Then glue on the back and you have finished the base of the snow globe.

Glue on the back and you've finished the base of the snow globe

To make the snow globe, first, fold the score lines on the strip you glued at the beginning of the project.

Fold the scoreline on the strip you glued at the beginning of the project.

Add glue to the front of the snow globe, this is the snow globe frame without the hook at the top.

Add glue to the snow globe frame.

Slowly place the strip around the snow globe frame with the tabs on the inside.  Go slow and press down for a few seconds on each tab to make sure it’s secure as you go.

Let the glue dry for a few minutes before moving on.

Slowly place the strip around the snow globe frame with the tabs on the inside.  

Add glue on top of the tabs you just glued to the snow globe frame.

Add glue on top of the tabs you just glued to the snow globe frame. 

Place the acetate cut out on top of the glue and press down to firmly secure it.

Place the acetate cut out on top of the glue and press down to firmly secure.  

Add glue to the top tabs so you can add the other snow globe frame.

Add glue to the top tabs so we can add the back snow globe frame. 

Place the back snow globe frame on the tabs.  Hold down for a few minutes and flip over to press down on each tab to make sure it’s secure.  Let dry for a few minutes before moving to the next step.

Place the back snow globe frame on the tabs.  

Add glue to the top of the tabs on the back.  This is where the fine tip applicator comes in handy!

Add glue to the top of the tabs on the back. 

Slide the background into the snow globe. You can also use acetate on the back to have a truly see-through snow globe but I loved this snowy background.

Slide the background into the snow globe. 

Use a spatula or another tool to press it on the glued tabs and secure it.

Use a spatula or another tool to press it on the glued tabs and secure it. 

You now have the top of the snow globe complete!

You now have the top of the snow globe complete!

We’re nearing the finish line and it’s time to put all the pieces of the snow globe together.  First, place the gnome’s feet in the slits of the box lid.  Go slow, remember you’re working with paper so take your time.

First, place the gnome's feet in the slits of the box lid. 

For the Christmas Tree, it doesn’t really matter which way you add it but I like to have the tab in the front.

For the Christmas Tree, it doesn't really matter which way you add it but I like to have the tab in the front. 

I also added a little glue to the bottom of the Christmas tree.

I also added a little glue to the bottom of the Christmas tree.  

Place the Christmas tree into the slit on the box lid.

Place the Christmas tree into the slit on the lid

I also added a little glue to the Christmas tree to secure it to the gnome.

I also added a little glue to Christmas tree to secure it to the gnome.  

Doesn’t it look great!

Doesn't it look great!

Now, place the top of the snow globe over the gnome and Christmas tree and slowly place the tabs of the snow globe top into the slits on the box lid.

Now, place the top of the snow globe over the gnome and Christmas tree.  

Add a little glue to the tabs to secure them to the lid.

Use a little glue to secure the tabs to the lid

Add the box underneath the lid and you have a finished 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe.

Add the lid to the box and you have a finished 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe

Show off your 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe.  It makes a great holiday decoration, Christmas ornament, or gift to a friend for the holidays.

Show off your 3D Christmas Gnome Snow Globe

 

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