Friday, July 15, 2011
My little guy loves to take his toys and other fun stuff to bed at night. He's especially into light up things (like his light saber) and mini-flashlights. So when I came across the idea for glowing "Star Jars" from this crafty blog I just knew he'd love it!
plastic containers with lids
glow-in-the dark paint (I used fabric paint)
stickers to decorate lid (optional)
My version is slightly different. Since I knew my little guy would likely be carrying this around everywhere and taking it to bed I didn't like the idea of using a glass jar or container. I tried recycling some plastic containers we had but I wasn't able to get the sticky labels all the way off and I could just imagine what would stick to the glue residue and who wants an star jar with hair and crumbs stuck all over the outside? Yuck! Not me! So I used some little "disposable" glad containers. They cost less than $2 for 8. For the "star dust" we used fabric glow paint (light activated).
It was too difficult for my little guy to draw inside the containers with the fabric paint bottle so I just squirted some paint out into the lid and let him paint until his heart was content. Once the paint was dry, we added some glitter because it just seemed like the right thing to do since stars are sparkly.
Once the glow paint dried, I hot glued the lid on. I did this because I didn't anyone to be tempted to eat out of the container or throw the glitter into the air like confetti. Then we decorated the lid with stickers.
It was simple, cheap and fun! This would be a great project for Halloween too and that's sort of just around the corner.