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Snowy Diorama

Capture the season under glass -- and check lots of folks off your list easily and inexpensively with these mini wintry worlds that combine the cuteness of snow globes with the beauty of bell-jar terrariums. Using the lid as a base, form a snow- covered mountain or frosty iceberg with a mound of clay. (We used glitter to mimic the sparkle of snow.) Figurines such as these skiers and penguins can be found at hobby shops, and the jars can be bought in bulk.

Snowy Diorama How-To

Tools and Materials

White crafter's clay
3-inch round mirrors
Glass canning jars
Craft brush
White glue
Glitter
Figurines
Silicone adhesive

  1. Mold clay into mounds of snow. (To create a pond, above, below jar, first mold clay onto mirror.) Let dry.
  2. Glue clay (or mirror) to underside of jar lid.
  3. Brush clay with glue, and cover with glitter. Let dry.
  4. Brush figurines with glue, and set in place. Let dry.
  5. Line inner rim of the jar with silicone adhesive. Carefully invert jar over scene, and screw to lid. Let dry.

White crafter's clay, $8, and Crystal Coarse glitter, $10, by Martha Stewart Crafts; michaels.com. Darice mirrors, $2.50 for 5, createforless.com. Mold Jar, 1/5 liter, $15.25 for 6, and Tulip Jar, 1/2 liter, $17.75 for 6; weckjars.com. Preiser HO scale figurines, from $10 for set of 6, hobbylinc.com. Liquid Nails silicone adhesive, from $4, homedepot.com.