We're excited to bring you a new post from mother and actress Tori Spelling! Every other week, we bring you the best parenting and lifestyle advice from ediTORIal by Tori Spelling, Tori's daily blog about everything from food and fashion to parenting and relationships. This week, Tori shares a fun Winter craft activity.
During the kids' Winter break from school, we had a lot of time at home together, which meant one thing — lots and lots of crafting! Luckily, DIY-ing is in my DNA because Liam and Stella (and sometimes even Hattie) love nothing more than to spend an afternoon crafting. Whether they're making Christmas ornaments, shrinky dinks, decor for Finn's nursery, or tie-dye tanks, my babes craft their little hearts out every chance they get.
So when they were home from school and had tons of time on their hands, the first thing we did (after recovering from the flu/food coma) was break out the crafting supplies. We thought long and hard about what to make and came up with two ideas that would be perfect for the holidays, but ones that we could also display around the house throughout winter.
Keep reading for the fun directions.
What You'll Need:
- Mason jar (or any clear jar with a tight lid, large enough to fit your picture once cut out)
- Glue gun and hot-glue sticks
- Laminate paper (can purchase at any craft or office supply store)
- Mini styrofoam balls
- Embellishment pieces (suggested embellishments: mini Christmas trees, fake berries, minipinecones, minibells)
- Take your pictures and cut out each person. It's nice to use a full body rather than just half or a face.
- Use your laminate paper pouch, and laminate your cut out picture.
- Once you laminate, cut out your person again, but make sure to leave an edge around the picture so it stays sealed.
- Then you want to unscrew the lid to your jar. I like to rescrew the lid back on to find out which direction will face a smooth surface on the jar before I start gluing. With the mini styrofoam balls (they can be painted and then glittered first or left white), slide the picture into the ball so they can be glued and stand straight. Once you do this, seal the picture into the slit of the ball with some hot glue.
- Next, glue the ball onto the lid of the jar, making sure the front of the picture will face the smooth part of the jar.
- Take your embellishments (mine are pictured below), and glue them around your picture to make a nice background scene. During this step, make sure to leave enough room around the edge of the lid so you can screw it back onto the jar.
- Now you can fill your jar up, almost to the top with water. Then add your glitter (I found larger flecks of glitter worked better than fine glitter). Then add glycerin to the water, which will help the glitter float a little bit slower (usually about 2-3 teaspoons per cup of water). Now your design attached to the lid can be screwed into the jar.
- If you want, you can put some hot glue on the lid to seal it closed, but it's best to wait to seal it just in case you need to make any adjustments after you place it in the water.
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