In this giant crunch of Holidays I find that I don’t have nearly enough time to try all of the arts and crafts projects that I want to. I know nobody in their right mind has time to run to a crafting speciality store and buy an assortment of random glues and glycerin to make a project with the kids. It ends up costing a hundred dollars and by the time you’re done shopping and “crafting” with your kids you may as well have clicked on a pricey website and just purchased the items you were aiming to imitate.
Just ask me about the fifty dollars worth of jumbo yarn I bought so I could arm-knit a year ago. (Hint: it’s still in the packaging and I never arm-knitted.) This year I have adopted a new approach: I am a fan of using what I already have in my house and I’m 99% more likely to try a Pinterest craft if I already own the tools.
“Crafting” with my kids looks a little more like chaos than art. Glitter makes me nervous and glue ends up embedded in my rugs. I’m not sure how to survive having little kids, but that’s for a different time. Today let’s take a look at a realistic project you can actually accomplish.
- Deep Breaths
- Mason Jars or baby food jars
- Confetti – if you have it, believe me your little kids do not care if your craft isn’t perfectly supplied.
- Corn Syrup – It’s sold literally everywhere this time of year, but don’t run out to buy it because its only purpose is to gob up your glitter so it floats around the jar more slowly.
- Glue maybe– I used two kinds and both were a failure. Super glue and hot glue did not hold up against the vigorous shaking of preschoolers, I imagine Elmer’s is water soluble so don’t bother. Maybe just skip the glue.
- Toys – My kids picked out cars and little junk to fill up their jars with.
Now the fun! Let your kids dump their glitter and confetti into the jars while you glue down their toys onto the jar lid!
Pro tip: Pre-measure out their glitter and confetti into a dish so they can mess around without wrecking a full bottle of glitter and your carpet.
I hot glued the toys on once I realized my super glue wasn’t holding up. The kids were way too eager to add the water to their glitter and shake their jars so we ultimately ended up with wet glue and loose toys. We tried though.
When you’re ready, add water to your kid’s jars and then a couple tablespoons of the clear corn syrup. Screw the lid down tightly or attempt to glue it on. You want it to hold up against toddlers shaking it.
The finished product looks awful! Damnit, the kids have thrown stickers into the jars when I wasn’t looking. However, they love them, and they did them independently. This is a realistic craft and that’s exactly why this busy mom of three loves it.