Make your own offbeat snowglobes for favors & decor

Guestpost by Jessica Charlton on Jan. 12th

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Snowglobes are super rad. I Iove making 'em just as much as I love shaking 'em. Here is a quick tutorial on waterless snowglobes. If you want to put water in your globes, Martha Herself has a tutorial. But here's how the Offbeat DIY Editor rocks her some Martha-inspired crafts.

What you'll need:

Here's how it's done:

Massage that clay
Unwrap one package of sculpey clay and form into a mound that is at least 1.5" tall and fits easily within the rim of the jar. The clay will stay the exact same size during the baking process, so there is no need to over or under-estimate with size.

Bake the clay
Place clay mounds on a baking sheet and follow baking instructions on the packaging. Let these cool completely, at least 30 minutes, before handling again.

Apply hot glue liberally to the bottom of the baked clay, immediately press into center of the lid
Squeeze a liberal amount of hot glue onto the bottom of the baked, cooled clay mounds and apply to the inside of the lid.

Choose some small characters
Now, grab some small plastic toys. I picked these guys up at a charity thrift store for a dollar.

Glue the bottom of the toys onto the top of the baked clay
Select the right toy for you and hot glue the bottom to the top of the mound. (Please note Pelvic-Thrust Batman.)

Put about three heaping tablespoons of glitter in the jar
Pour at least three tablespoons of glitter into the bottom of the jar.

Screw the lid tightly onto the jar and shake
After cooling for at least 30 minutes, screw the lid toy-down onto the glitter-filled jar.

Then enjoy shaking it up!

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About Jessica Charlton

Jessica Charlton's weapon of choice has always been an embroidery needle; her work has been featured on and She produces and teaches crafts of many kinds, and notably taught two years in a row at's delightful comedy podcasting sleepaway camp, MaxFunCon. Never able to focus too long on just one inspiration, Offbeat Bride allows her to work on diverse projects, and for that she is grateful.