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We put out a plea each year for baby food jars which we like to pop the paint in so the children can clearly see what is in each jar

-  it also looks way more attractive than in the ordinary paint containers!

Here we are at the end of the year with plenty of these jars left over as well as plastic drink bottles. How could we utilise them?

Ah ha! Snow domes … or in this case … glitter bottles …

and jars.

The children chose a small bottle or jar each and added some glitter,

chopped up straws, sequins and other small tizzy bits and pieces to them.

Then they nearly filled the jars with water …

and added a couple of drops of glycerine …

When the lids were tightly replaced and taped down …

the insides were swooshed around,

and wow …

they were pretty irresistible!


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20 Responses to “glitter jars”

  1. avatar Rachel says:

    hi ladies, these look fab! What does the glycerine do?

    ::: Rachel the glycerine is thicker than water so as the bottles are shaken up it aids in slowing the glitter and sequins down when they fall. :) :)

  2. avatar finleysmaid says:

    i remember doing these with my two girls they loved them so much i had them all over the house, the garden and the bathroom!. I didn’t use glycerine in mine but quite often added vegetable oil and food colourings. Humm must see how many bottle i’ve got at pre-school

    ::: That’s so cool too Finleysmaid … any type of oily fluid would work! :) :)


  3. Oooh, I love these. There is something festive about them, and I just know they will appeal to our potion mixing crowd.

    ::: Our boys used them to cast magic spells all afternoon Jenny … We thought of your children and their potions when they started playing this game! :) :)

  4. avatar Jacquie says:

    Thanks for all your great ideas. I love the way you work! I made myself one of these jars last week with some silver glitter left over from my son’s Hogwarts castle birthday cake. It’s edible and very fine and it swirls around in the water really beautifully. It’s mesmerising!

    ::: Sounds deliciously fun Jacquie! :) :)

  5. avatar vicki says:

    We have also used part baby oil and part coloured water. They sorta mix when you shake but the separate again. Sloshing from side to side gives an interesting effect too.

    ::: That’s a great idea Vicki … thanks for sharing! :) :)


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  7. avatar Louise says:

    Beautiful – and calming too at this exciting time of the year… or any other. :)

    ::: So true Louise .. so true! :) :)

  8. avatar Darcey says:

    These came out really cute. I’ll have to try making these with our class. There are so many things you can put in them to make them interesting. This was one of my favorite posts for the week and I’ve linked up to it here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2010/12/weekly-favorites-december-5-2010.html

    ::: Thanks Darcey that’s terrific! :) :)

  9. avatar Bianca says:

    magical :) :) :)

    ::: Thanks Bianca! :) :)

  10. avatar Wendy says:

    I use varying amounts of corn syrup with the water when I make these. It serves the same purpose as the glycerine – the more corn syrup the longer it takes for things to settle.

    ::: We’re not familiar with corn syrup so thanks for sharing that Wendy. . :) :)


  11. Right this minute I’m painting a skirt with a concoction that when dry turns the mixture to a glitter-ie format of color. You’re never too old to shine.

    This is my first visit & I look foward to getting acquainted! Awesome collection as I gander through from Teach Preschool.

    My own blog is of my travels as author/illustrator/music-lady/creative person.

    ::: Hi Debbie, it’s nice to see you here! Thanks so much for stopping by. We’ve found your blog too … through the Fb bloggers group. :) :)

  12. avatar Sherry says:

    Where did you get the bottle of glycerin? Would love to make these with the kiddos! :)

    ::: Sherry glycerin is available in the supermarkets and at the chemist. :) :)

  13. avatar Beth says:

    Do you ever have problems with the water changing color? I put mixed color glitter in water and the water turned red. Just curious.

    ::: That certainly didn’t happen with this glitter Beth. It could depend on how fine the glitter is … ours was quite course. :) :)

  14. avatar Kate says:

    Just revisited this post as we started thinking about Christmas today. We have bought a whole heap of little glass jars from Ikea. The children will be making snow globes as a part of their Christmas presents to their families. Now off to the 2 dollar shop for things to put inside, sequins, glitter, honeycomb mesh. It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

    ::: Oooh Ahhh Kate … Do have FUN!!! :) :)


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  16. avatar Alona says:

    fantastic and super easy….

    ::: Enjoy Alona! :) :)


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  18. avatar Bianca says:

    I was lucky enough to stumble over a collection of 20+ snow domes at the Salvo’s recently and they will compliment this experience beautifully :) Thank you again for sharing your creative idas :) :) :)

    ::: OooohAhhhh what a GREAT find Bianca! :) :)

  19. avatar Karen says:

    Spectacular assortment of ideas. Definitely on my ideas for my class with severly disabled students. Lots of enrichment activities here too!

    ::: Have fun Karen! :) :)


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