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The holiday season sparkles in this glitter jar craft

Prepare to be mesmerized by a simple but different kind of holiday craft project: a glitter jar that entrances with the sparkle of the season. It’s amazingly easy to make, and the result is as soothing to watch as slowly falling snow on a cold winter night.

Really, you can make one any time of the year using different colors, but these red and green versions are perfect for a holiday display.

 glitter jar craft

An enchanting holiday craft

Glitter jars are often used as sensory tools in daycares to help calm children, but they’re pretty soothing for adults, too — especially during such a hectic, busy time of the year.

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You can change these up with more than just color: Try adding some larger foil/metallic confetti pieces, such as stars and Christmas confetti, and keep your audience amused for hours (well, okay — many minutes). You also can use jars of different sizes — for instance, smaller ones for little hands.

sparkles - glitter jar

If safety is a concern, use a plastic jar instead of glass, and glue the lid down with superglue. Little ones will be safe from broken glass, and you won’t have a mess to clean up.

How to make a glitter jar

Supplies for each glitter jar craft

  • Glitter: silver and white
  • Glass jar (6-ounce size)
  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Gel food coloring (we used red and green)
  • Ribbon
  • Superglue (optional, to secure the lid)

sparkly glitter jar craft project

Directions: How to make a glitter jar

  1. Fill glass jar about 1/3 full with silver glitter.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the white glitter.
  3. Fill jar about 3/4 full with water.
  4. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of glycerin.
  5. Add several drops of the food coloring and shake to mix.
  6. Close jar securely (use glue, if you like).
  7. Optional: Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar for a festive touch.

Red and green glitter jars

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