Learn how to make a glowing fairy bottle, from guest blogger Sara of Bitz & Giggles.
Cora, my four-year-old loves playing dress-up. I hang all of her play dresses and costumes on the bottom bar of her closet so she can easily grab them whenever she wants. Very often, the first thing she does after she gets out of bed on a Saturday morning is put on one of her costumes. It’s fun to watch how she mixes and matches items.
One of her favorite costumes is her Flower Fairy costume. She pairs the dress with heels, tiaras and multiple magic wands (because you know that one just isn’t enough when it comes to being a true fairy)! It’s not uncommon for her to play outside with her friends while wearing her costumes, and I’m okay with that, as long as she trades in her “heels” for her tennis shoes before she heads out. 😉 You know what I love best about the costumes from Melissa & Doug? I can throw them in the washing machine without thinking twice, and they come out just as beautiful as the day we received them! Awesome? Yes, awesome.
So, anyway, to entertain my little fairy this past week, I thought we’d do a fun Glowing Fairy Bottle craft. This project starts out like most projects would with a preschool girl. It begins with a boatload of…GLITTER! If you mention anything about glitter to little girls, you’ll undoubtedly get their full attention. Promise.
For the complete list of *materials, here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic or glass bottle with sealing lid
If you decide to use glass, children should not be left alone with the fairy bottle without adult supervision. If you opt for plastic, plastic water bottles with the labels removed work well.
- Submersible LED light
If you don’t have glycerin, a combination of dish soap and light corn syrup would be a good substitute
- Mounting putty
- Foil confetti pieces
*If you’re looking for more details on where to get some of the supplies, jump on over to my blog and I’ve included some information there. Most of these items are available at craft stores.
Step 1: Turn on your submersible LED light and stick a piece of putty to the bottom of the light. You’ll want to make sure it covers the entire bottom of the light before you adhere it to the bottom of your jar. I used a pencil to apply some pressure to get it to stick well.
A quick note about the LED light. The LED light is not necessary unless you want your fairy bottle to glow. Most LED lights will last up to 60 hours after they are activated which will give your little one plenty days of enjoyment.
Step 2: Fill the bottle about 3/4 of the way full with water.
Step 3: Add a few drops of glycerin. The amount of glycerin you add will depend on the size of your bottle. My bottle was about 4 ounces so I added about a tablespoon or so.
The glycerin helps distribute the contents in the jar and prevents the glitter and confetti from settling too quickly. I’ve also seen recipes that use dish soap or light corn syrup if you don’t have any glycerin.
Step 4: Add your glitter and confetti. Fill the rest of the bottle with more water, leaving about 1/4 inch room at the top. Screw or place the lid on tightly.
The finer the glitter, the longer the pieces will stay suspended in the liquid. If you use too heavy glitter or confetti, even with the glycerin, you’ll find that it will sink to the bottom.
If you are making your bottle just for a one-use type of project, you may want to consider sealing the top of the jar with a waterproof glue so the lid cannot be removed. If you choose not to glue the lid so you can reuse the bottle again (like we did) just make sure your child is supervised when handling the jar in case any leaking occurs. We didn’t have any problems with ours.
Step 5: Shake and watch the magic begin!
These fairy bottles are so much fun and they’re mesmerizing to children especially when observed in the dark. They can be fun little nightlights and can also be used as calming jars. Calming jars are basically meditation tools that help children settle down and get their emotions back in check when they might be feeling stressed, upset or overwhelmed. If you do decide to use your fairy bottle for calming, please opt for a plastic jar rather than one made of glass.
I hope you enjoy this project as much as we did! And don’t forget to check out Melissa & Doug’s full collection of year-round dress-up costumes!
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