Have you seen the little red car with the Christmas trees on top? They are “THE IT” item this holiday season. You can find them on pillows, cards, ornaments, in snow globes, and pretty much everywhere. This DIY will take you through an easy process to have your red vintage Beetle Bug with a tree tied to it – regardless of how you want to display it.
First, I have to warn you about the DIY fail. I will save you hours of searching Pinterest with lofty ambitions only to have it fail on you. I wanted to make a snow globe in a Mason Jar, but without the liquid. So I gathered up some Epsom Salt and glitter…. which you won’t need. I hit the yard sales and thrift stores on a weekly basis for our eBay store, and throughout the year, was on the lookout for these little cars. The ones I purchased were not red, but that is nothing that a little paint can’t fix. I also gathered up some small bottle brush trees.
A little red acrylic paint, a good paintbrush, and a steady hand… it took four coats of paint to cover the cars. Note to self… not recommended to paint anything this intricate first thing in the morning while you still have the coffee jitters. One of the cars was missing a wheel… but no matter.
There were several tutorials on Pinterest that used the glue and either Epsom Salt and/or glitter on the bottom of the Mason Jar to make the snow. I tried it, and while it worked at first, something happened to turn it into a fail. I’m not sure if it was adding a little more glue at the end, or when I tried to use hot glue to glue the cars onto the bottom of the jar. Needless to say, it took awhile to clean up the mess, clean out the jars, and start over.
The only good thing that came out of the fail, was that the cars have a sparkly bottom now. After the Mason Jars were cleaned out, I used fake snow instead (and no glue), which is pretty harmless. Other than making a mess… of a different kind.
How stinkin cute are these little cars?
The smaller car didn’t turn out quite as good as the bigger car, but still cute. I tried the smaller tree with and without the stand, and it worked better with the stand attached.
I remember back in 2001, when I had just moved to the DC area, one of my best friends is Jewish, and she wanted to join me in the traditional Christmas tree adventure. It was raining, and as we were driving down the busy street, the tree fell off the top of my Jetta and onto the street behind us. I think we laughed so hard we peed our pants!
When I was a little kid back in the 70’s (how does that work when I’m only 29?!?!?), I remember my Aunt June and Uncle Bob had a red Beetle Bug. I remember the noise it made and have such fond memories of that car.
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