The theme this week for Discover & Explore is 4th of July: Red, White & Blue. We are inviting you to share your favorite patriotic activities, crafts, tips, and resources for kids at the end of this post.
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I’ve seen beautiful jar candles all over Pinterest, and I’ve always thought they were fabulous but not quite age appropriate for my preschooler and toddler just yet. Then I read in The Garden Classroom just how super easy they are to make, and I decided we could definitely make some for the Fourth of July.
We gathered some glass jars from the recycling bin. Ours are pizza sauce jars, but you could use any size you like. Then I set up some white glue thinned a bit with water, a paint brush, and some festive sequins. There are also some great suggestions in the book for using other embellishments based on your own style preferences or the holiday you are creating jar candles for.
The girls easily covered the jars with glue. Then I held the jar on its side while they sprinkled sequins all over. We just kept spinning the jar and sprinkling sequins until they were happy with their creations.
Then we let them dry, popped in a battery operated tea light and that was it! I absolutely love them, and so do the girls.
I envisioned placing them outside to decorate for Fourth of July. And the girls let me borrow one just long enough to take this blurry picture (sorry, I haven’t quite figured out nighttime photography). But so far the girls have claimed them as nightlights for their bedrooms.