Snow globes are magical little windows to a world of enchantment. Shake or sway a snow globe, and watch as the gently drifting "snow" transports your own private moment.
In the busy days of the holidays, taking the opportunity to appreciate these little wonders of the season may just give you the time out you need.
Snow globes have a mixed reputation. Displayed improperly, they can look cluttered and excessively kitsch. (There is nothing wrong with kitsch in a holiday display, by the way, as long as it is purposeful and done well.) Snow globes can also look quite elegant and enhance the feeling of a warm holiday home. It is all in the design and display choices that are made.
Here are some general tips on how to elegantly display your snow globe collection.
Choose Your Pieces Carefully and Think Outside the Globe
Snow globe collections can get out of hand rather quickly, so it is always a good idea to look at them with a critical eye and downsize if needed. Remember that you need not display every snow globe in your collection every year. Store those that don’t fit in your display this time around. Having too many pieces on a shelf, mantle or table can look cluttered and take away from the beauty of the individual globes, causing them to lose their appeal.
Sometimes it is fun to make your own snow globes or think outside the globe with unconventional suggestions, such as a display of elegant glass jars that reveal a winter scene, or by hanging your display instead of sitting it on a flat surface.
If you do wish to display all of your collection in one spot, consider breaking them up a bit with floating shelves or frames, such as done in this collection of ice cream memorabilia.
Create a Focal Point and a Theme
Throwing together multiple snow globes that are vastly different can be glaring. Choose a theme that ties everything together for each display, such as “Forest Scenes,” “Santas in Snow” or “Treking the World.”
Next, create a focal point by choosing one special piece and grouping others around it, or displaying a collection of similar snow globes in sets of three or five. Step back and look at your display. Your eye should first be drawn to the focal point and then drift to take in the rest of the display.