DIY: Calm Down Jars
Jude and Caroline go to a Mother's Day Out program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so yesterday morning, after I dropped them off, I found myself parked in front of a big box craft store.
I have a 40% off coupon and a DIY themed Pinterest board and a kid-free afternoon. NOTHING WILL STOP ME FROM CRAFTING. Except maybe a nap.— Indiana Adams (@indianaadams) August 19, 2014
It's been a zoo here, people. The last couple of days, after the kids got up from their (too short) naps, I've had to take a peek in my cabinet to see if the elder two have found my secret stash of chocolate covered espresso beans because surely that's the only logical explanation to how crazy go-nuts bananas they've been, energy-wise. The bag has remained untouched, but my kids? BOUNCINGOFFTHEWALLS!
The idea is this: Fill a jar with glitter and glue, shake it up (as opposed to Shake it Off, I guess), and have the rambunctious offenders sit quietly in a chair and hold the glitter jars until said glitter has settled at the bottom. Ooooooh, pretty...
Better yet? Some of y'all may have everything you need at home this very moment and can make this without going inside the always overwhelming craft store!
+ Containers with tight fitting lids (I used mason jars because, well, Pinterest).
+ Glitter glue
+ Warm water
+ Chunky glitter
+ Fine glitter (bet you didn't know glitter had different grades, did you?)
+ Glass adhesive or super glue to seal the lid (IMPORTANT!)
+ Optional: garment grade sequins (so they color won't wear off in the liquid), food coloring
Please note, I'm a winging it kind of gal and this is a winging it kind of craft, so beware of that fact up front, mmmmkay?
Squirt glitter glue into the bottom of the containers. I used glass jars because I'm an optimist. I now recommend plastic. (More on that later). The glitter glue is what thickens the water, making the loose glitter float for a bit before settling too soon. Choose your glue amount wisely:
Pour warm water over the glitter glue and swirl, swirl, swirl around until the chunks have dissolved. Top the jar off with cool water, about 3/4's the way full.
Add about an inch of chunky glitter to the bottom of each jar.
Add at least two tablespoons of fine grade glitter.
OPTIONAL STEP FIVE:
Add a few drops of food grade coloring to each jar and maybe a dash of sequins or confetti.
Put the lids on tight and give the jars a good shake to see if you need more food coloring or more sparkles or more glitter glue if the loose glitter is falling too fast. Adjust accordingly.
This is hard, but remove the lids and put the jars on a table and let all the glitter settle to the bottom. This could be 20 minutes or so, depending on how much glue you used in step one. Keep your kids away from the jars at this time. And maybe your curious cat, too.
Gently fill the jars with more water, filling them almost all the way to the top, to at least the first threads. If there is any foam in the jar at all, carefully scoop it out with a spoon, even if the foam is carrying a lot of fine glitter with it. Gently top off with more water if needed.
NOT AT ALL OPTIONAL STEP NINE:
Glue the lid on and let the epoxy cure for however long the instructions say (and then some just to be safe!).
After you are certain the glue has dried, give your kids the jars. Watch their little faces as the glitter swirls 'round and 'round. Take a big breath. Shake the tension out of your neck and shoulders. Love the little years and yadda yadda... all that other good motherly advice.
Project ease: A- (the minus because glitter is a pain to clean up)
Cost: So cheap! And I have enough glitter left over to make 100 more calm down jars.
Regrets: Lots. More to come...