Friday, February 4, 2011

Free Range Friday: Let's get crafty!

In the two years that Junior has been eating "non-Mama" food, we've gone through a lot of little glass jars. While the countless trips to the recycling center are good, the trip gets pretty dull.

What do you do with a sack full of little glass jars?

Well, if you're like me and know a few dozen teachers, you entertain kids with an easy craft project. Snow globes!

Gather up some baby food jars and scrub 'em good and clean. Soak the labels off, too. While they soak, gather up your craft supplies. You'll need a hot glue gun (to be used only with grownup supervision), some glitter, and some little plastic trinkets.

Dry the jars and lids carefully, then glue a plastic dohickey to the inside of the lid. A snowman charm, a critter figurine, a stack of alphabet beads that spell out your name... Pick something cool and glue it in place.

Now for the jar. Shake in a little glitter. Use a couple of colors for a neat swirly effect. CAREFULLY pour in some water, leaving some room at the top.

Okay, here's the only tricky part of the whole project: glue on the lid. Run a bead of hot glue all around the inside edge of the lid and quickly put the lid in place on your jar. Tighten it down before the glue cools. Let your jar sit quietly, lid up, for twenty minutes or so to let the glue cure.

It's done! Give yourself a pat on the back for your clever recycling idea and admire your handiwork.

What do you want to make today?


  1. I remember one of my kids bringing one of these snow globes home from school years ago. Kids love stuff like this and they're always so proud when one of their creations takes a prominent display in the house somewhere.

    Uh.... I think I'm going to go make some lunch.

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  2. I loved creative stuff when I was a kid. It must be fun sharing stuff like that with your own children :o)

  3. I'm a retired teacher about to go into schools as 'visiting author' and expected to teach creative writing to classes in primary school, together with a bit of art and craft as part of their 'meet the author day', as well as read from my books. Do hope my memory serves me, it was a long time ago. Pity you are too far away to give a hand. :0)

  4. If I'd ever had kids, that would be a neat idea.
    You know, there's quite a few of my followers who are moms and would just eat this stuff up!

  5. What if I'm fresh out of dohickies? Will thingamajigs work?
    Nice to know I'm not the only one who does that!

  6. Arlee -- what'd you have?
    Madeleine -- my little guy is just old enough to make messes, but I'm getting good practice with my two nieces. ;)
    Carole Anne -- that sounds like fun! Maybe a road trip is in order...
    Alex -- I've seen your blog. You have all KINDS of cool followers! :)
    L. D. -- thingamajigs will work. In a pinch, you might try whatchamacallits.

  7. For lunch yesterday I had a Marie Callender's Frozen turkey dinner. Nothing fancy or elaborate for me!

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  8. Okay, maybe I'm a little slow but a picture would help. I know what snow globes are, but if the doohicky is glued to the lid, shouldn't it be on the bottom of the jar?

    Lee, I love Marie Callendar food, especially their pies.

  9. Stephen -- the next time my nieces are over, I'll update with some pictures. :) The trick is to glue the dohickey on the inside of the lid.

    Mmm, turkey!


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