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Decorative Crafts for Kids

Glitter Jars

A glitter jar makes an interesting paperweight.
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It's easy and fun to make a glitter jar. Start with an empty glass jar, and it will soon become a mesmerizing paperweight or knickknack. (It even makes a great gift.)

Gently shake your glitter jar, and watch the contents "swim" and swirl around before floating back to the bottom. You won't be able to take your eyes off it!


What You'll Need

White corn syrup


Small glass jar with a tight fitting lid (like a baby food jar)

Food coloring (optional)

Decorative items, such as glitter and sequins

Epoxy or super-hold glue

Acrylic paints and paintbrush (optional)

How to Make a Glitter Jar

Step 1: Mix corn syrup and water together in the jar.

Step 2: For each 4 ounces of corn syrup, mix in 1 tablespoon of water.

Step 3: If you want to add color to the mixture, put in 1 drop of food coloring.

Step 4: Add glitter and sequins. You can also add plastic charms, such as a little fish, to make your jar into an underwater scene.

Step 5: With an adult's help, glue the lid on the jar. Let the glue dry.

Step 6: Decorate the lid and jar using acrylic paints.

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