crafting with kids
This project is about as easy as they come for a preschool aged kiddo! We were able to get everything for this project at Michael's for less than $10, and now we have a beautiful holiday centerpiece that my in-laws will fawn over Eli for making. Win-win.

To make these faux-globes you'll need;
- clear pint-sized mason jars
- mini bottle-brush style trees (two for each jar)
- glitter (lots and lots of glitter)
- a glue gun *

* In the photos, you'll see that E is using the glue gun -- which I would definitely say is not a task most parents should/would feel comfortable letting their 3.5 year olds handle, but Eli has used one several times, and has made a handful of other projects this season using the glue-gun. He's aware that it's hot and dangerous when not used correctly and they are never ever to be touched without an adult supervising. We do our best to instill confidence and our trust in him, especially in situations like these when we're watching closely and can give him a lot of praise for using it safely.

I really like this project because it doesn't involve adding water or liquid glycerin, like you'd find in a traditional snow-globe project -- which just seems like a giant mess waiting to happen. The magic of a globe is still there, just without all the added fuss! Plus it's a lot easier for little hands to manage without worrying about big spills or messes.

Assembling the Faux-Globe is super easy -- if you're comfortable letting your little one use a glue-gun (see above!!) let them dab just a tiny bit onto the bottom of the trees. When sticking them to the lids, be sure to keep the trees within the white portion of the lid, otherwise you won't be able to get the jar-lid to close properly.

Next, let your child dump a metric-ton of glitter into the mason jar (note the amazing centerpiece E and my mom made over the weekend, consisting of painted pine cones, crinkle paper, faux trees, and another metric ton of glitter).

After you've got your trees glued and your glitter filled, the last step is simply putting on the lid. Make sure if you're letting your kid do this step, they realize that you don't turn the glitter filled jar upside down, but rather, pick up the tree-covered lid and attach it to the jar. Duh, kids.


You could very easily get carried away with making a hundred of these -- with varying sized trees and mason jars. You could also add darling little plastic reindeer figurines, or glass snowmen that you can also find at your local Michael's Holiday section. We'll be covering our dining table with these on Christmas morning, nicely arranged with our annual family Christmas Brunch french toast and quiches -- and I know Eli is going to just love all the praise he gets for making such a beautiful project!