Tucked away in the craft drawers I found a packet of cardboard Christmas garland shapes. It consisted of ten pieces of alternating bauble and snowflake shapes that could be decorated and then combined to string across the wall or the top of a door or window.
Shaking on glitter.
Glitter was the only decorating material we considered, so we took the glitter tub and the cardboard garlands outside. The kids painted on glue with paintbrushes and then shook glitter onto the glue.
Creating patterns with the glitter.
L made some interesting patterns on her baubles and snowflakes. She added glue in a swirl shape and covered it with one colour of glitter, and then blew the excess off. Then, she placed glue in the plain section and added a different colour of glitter to this glue. She also did some stripes using the same method. These look great.
Some of the garlands hanging up to dry.
A liked to use lots of different colours all over hers, which also look great. At least twice, the lid of one of the glitter tubes came off, dumping a heap of glitter onto the shapes. As there was a lot of glitter left on the muck mat, I painted glue all over the last two pieces of garland, and then pressed them glue side down into the excess glitter. The glitter colours were very mixed up, but I liked the way they came up, and we didn’t waste too much glitter!
Ready to be combined to make a lovely glittery garland string.
Once the garland pieces were completely dry, I stapled them together, end to end. We tied the finished garland from the curtain rod on our large lounge room windows. It is quite festive!
Hanging from the curtain rod.
The shaken bottle.
One of the preschool classes at school made some pirate treasure bottles as part of their pirate theme. A was intrigued by the treasure bottles, and wanted to make one at home. The bottle contained a variety of items, including sand, coloured water, glitter, beads, pebbles and other crafty materials.
The bottle and some of the treasures.
We used a clear plastic bottle to place our treasures in. Some of the treasures included plastic beads, coloured plastic, sparkly pom poms, cut up plastic straws, some broken loom bands, and lots and lots of glitter. The kids took turns adding treasures to the bottle, then I used a funnel to add silver and gold glitter. Once all our treasures were in the bottle, I filled it with water and tightened the lid. For bottle crafts like this, I normally add glue to the thread of the lid before screwing it back on too, so that the lid doesn’t accidentally come off and result in a huge mess.
Tipping the bottle upside down.
Watching the contents settle.
The kids squeezed the bottle, tipped it upside down, and shook it. They watched to see what sank and what floated. They watched as the contents settled and swirled. They were mesmerised.
The kids love glitter, but it gets everywhere! I find it in their hair, their school bags, their clothes, even when we haven’t used glitter for a while. Glitter and sand both appear in my house from origins unknown on a daily basis 🙂 It is nice for use in our art projects though, and this was a very simple glitter art, done in the backyard in an attempt to prevent excessive glittering of the house.
The kids each had some big sheets of paper and some glue. L used the glue to make shapes and words on her piece of paper, while A just added lots of glue all over her paper. Then they sprinkled glitter liberally over the glue. A was a bit wild with the glitter, and lots of it missed the paper (I was happy we’d decided to do this outside!).
Sprinkling on glitter.
Most of our glitter containers have little shaker holes to prevent the glitter coming out in one big pile, which make them a little easier for the kids to use. We had some different sized glitter, and different colours, as well as some rainbow star shaped glitter, which looked great on their pictures.
L’s starry circle.