Before I start our first Christmas craft post of the season, let me remind you (and myself) of what we did last year. Just in case you wanted to do one and then forgot what you were going to do. Because that’s something I would do.
- Easy and clean painted Christmas ornaments
- Paper collage stockings
- Origami advent calendar
- Santa hand prints
The first Christmas craft of this year was something that I never could have done if I hadn’t had the pleasure of babysitting our friends Sophia and Gabrielle this past week. You see, Gabrielle left behind a treasure. No, not a dirty diaper. A baby food jar!! I ran it through the dishwasher and thought long and hard about what I could make with it. I decided that snow globes were just the thing. It turned out that my sister had a baby food jar, too, so both Drew and Clara could get in on this project. Here’s what you need to do this:
- Hot glue gun
- Baby food jar
- Glitter (Dollar Tree has Christmas glitter right now!)
- Small Christmasy figures (we used small ornaments that were 50% off at JoAnn’s!)
While your babies are playing with each other, gather the big kids for a project. Make sure to scare the bejesus out of them because there is a hot glue gun on the counter.
First we had the kids pick out three figures each and then we helped them hot glue them to the inside of the baby food jar lid.
Next, add glitter to your jar. The more the merrier!
Then add water to the jar and hot glue the lid on. After many failed attempts at this, let me tell you the trick. Put the hot glue on the outside of the jar, where the threads on the glass are. Then go back and add more glue all around the lid after you put it on.
When it is secure, shake, shake, shake! Watch the glitter swirl!