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Summer is almost over and I’ve been really stepping up my “cool Mom” game..you know because you can only be a cool Mom during the summer and all? HA? 😉 Let’s just be honest, I’m a fun Mom all year long dang it, but this time it’s summer and well…I don’t even know what I’m talking about at this point, okay? I’m just a really fun Mom, that’s all I was saying, k? Great.
In all seriousness though, a couple of times a month I like to do DIY crafts with Blake. It’s fun for me and gets her creativity flowing. Y’all have been loving them so I have been sharing them here for you. Well most recently we did a really fun mason jar craft. Blake has been super into fish lately, not sure why…but hey, you roll with it, am I right? Honestly, I’m thinking about it though and wondering where the heck she’s seen fish that it’s gotten her so obsessed with her, you know that one time we went to the pet store…I guess that was it. Kids are funny. Well I teamed up with True Value, who has a great offering of mason jars and supplies for crafts with littles, so I thought– yes, let’s make a fun little faux aquarium since she loves fish so much! I ran out to True Value, grabbed a pack of mason jars, a few other necessities and hit home. Here’s the full DIY for you and I’ve included a video below so you can really see the how to!
- Mason jars from True Value (regular size)
- Blue Food Coloring
- Super Glue from True Value
- Faux Fish (I found mine at a Toy store, $3)
- Faux Plant or real, whatever floats your boat.
- Rocks (honestly, you could get these in the backyard, but we purchased a small pack at the store)
- Dish Soap from True Value
- Once you’ve collected everything, start by opening up your mason jar (got mine from True Value) and pour your rocks at the bottom. Blake loved this part and thought it was pretty rad that she got to play with rocks. We even found pink ones at the store.
- Once they were all in we added the plant, I pushed it down in the middle and then added a few more rocks around it just to keep it in place because well, you want the fish to float around, but honestly the plant should stay in place.
- After the plant is in, you’ll throw your little fake fishies in! Like I said, I got mine at a toy store in a pack by the swimming stuff for $3. This was Blake’s favorite part by far. We happened to have a fish that looked like Nemo, so that’s all she talked about. Actually still talks about, HA!
- Next, you’ll mix water and food coloring together in a separate pitcher, I did this because then you don’t have to shake it up. Once that’s mixed, you’ll switch back over to the mason jar and add 1-2 drops of dish soap (this gives it “bubbles” that kids love). Then, slowly pour in the blue water. I filled mine to rid below the neck of the mason jar.
- After the water is in, you’ll take your super glue from True Value and actually glue on the lid because well….kid proof people. I don’t want water or little rocks all over my house….let it dry for a few minutes.
- Then play!! They can shake it, watch the fish, all the things. Blake literally played with it for half an hour and I was real stoked about that because my kitchen got cleaned. 😉
So as you can see it’s just a super easy DIY to do and super fun for your littles. I would recommend putting a mat underneath while you’re making it because well…it’s a mess. You could probably find something at True Value while you’re grabbing the mason jars, soap and glue — I mean they literally have a ton to choose from.