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Taylor Swift makes DIY collectibles you can shake.


I don’t know how to write a clever opening about Taylor Swift here, so I’ll cut to the chase and tell you she makes her own snow globes.

Tune in next week for another great episode of Celebrity Inventory!

… I deeply apologize to any Swifties for indulging in another premature fake ending of Celebrity Inventory. It’s a bad habit of mine and I swear I’ll stop doing it after like the fifth time.

That said, I gotta be real with y’all for a second. I really wanted to tell you how a high profile celebrity like Taylor Swift finds the time to make her own collection of snow globes. T’is still the season, after all. Yet, after doing some digging through all the articles covering Taylor Swift’s “unusual hobby,” I found that they all pointed back to the same source:

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Yes, that is a single Instagram post from 2011, hot off the heels of Swift winning artist of the year at the AMAs. As you can see, Taylor and her friends got into the holiday spirit by making some home made snow globes. And… yeah, that’s almost everything we got on this one, folks. You can’t even dig up the original post, probably as a result of her semi-recent social media stunt. In other words, not much more to say about Swift’s snow globe collection.

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But! That isn’t to say there’s nothing to talk about here! Though lots of pop culture outlets were quick to cover Swift’s custom snow globes, many writers ignored a pretty important detail: making your own snow globe isn’t exactly out of the ordinary. I don’t say this to throw shade at Swift. Rather, I say this to point out how awesome and accessible homemade collectibles like these really are!

The past five years have been an awesome time for DIY collectibles. Hobbies like perler beads have gone from a kid’s diversion to a glorified artform, with artists lovingly recreating characters from T.V. and video games in outstanding detail. Custom figures have also massively taken off, to the point where fans have made Funko Pop! figures of basically every character who hasn’t been touched by the prolific franchise. Heck, the sheer existence of Etsy more or less proves this by itself, which I probably could have mentioned two examples ago, but I digress. My point is, there’s never been a better or easier time to get into custom collectibles. Even someone without any artistic ingenuity could make an original masterpiece with the proper guide by their side.

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So what about this makes Swift so special, you may ask? Easy: it’s not special, and that’s why it is special. Contrary to what some have assumed, there’s no evidence to suggest that Swift is a master snow globe enthusiast. In fact, in the only instance we can find of her talking about her Instagram post, she basically says the opposite. In an interview with Twist magazine, she had this to say when asked about her snow globe event:

“I found out how to do it on Pinterest. It made for a lovely winter activity day. Making snow globes made me feel like a little kid again.”

Taylor Swift Snow Globe

In other words, Swift definitely isn’t a snow globe expert. She might not even be good at making them. But the important thing is, she did it, she posted about it, and she inadvertently got people interested in making snow globes. In the grand scheme of things, this might not be the most notable thing Swift has ever done. Yet that doesn’t change the fact that minor acts like these are major boons for niche enthusiasts. Stories like these give us a chance to appreciate how the best hobbyists have been honing their craft for years.

While I am sad that I can’t bring you an exclusive scoop about Taylor Swift’s secret hobbies, I’ll take any chance I get to highlight collectors and creators alike who otherwise go ignored in Pop Culture. And hey, if you’re interested in digging deeper into the Taylor Swift collecting rabbit hole yourself, know the rumor mill has indicated that she’s really into antiques. But as with all things, we’ll wait until Swift gives us hard evidence on that front before we make any definitive claims.

In other words… tune in next week for another great episode of Celebrity Inventory! This is the real end of the article. I’m certain of it this time because I can’t believe I only made one Shake It Off joke.

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Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.