Lay Roof Pieces 1 and 2 on the red mixture.
Now the real fun begins.
Jayde and Jordyn spread the roof pieces with royal icing to place Rice Chex® cereal “shingles.”
The completed roof pieces even have snow on the shingles.
Now the girls decorate the front, back, and two sides with candies, bells, holly, and an open door.
We use royal icing on each edge to position and hold the front, back, and sides together.
Jayde and Jordyn have the house together.
Now we just finish the decorating with more icing and candy.
Earlier, I showed the stained glass jar I made re-using a jelly jar. Today Jayde (7) and Jordyn (10) start with two pickle jars.
|The clean jars are transparent. To
begin the project, coat the jar with white glue.
|Now Jordyn’s jar is opaque.
We let the glue dry for several hours or overnight.
|The glue is dry and the jars are translucent.||We cut white copy paper to fit inside the jars.
Now the girls draw the design they want to
use and color it with markers
|Jayde places her paper design
inside the jar to use as a pattern.
|Now Jayde uses regular watercolor
markers and colors the outside of the jar.
Her paper design shows her where to color.
|Jordyn is intent on following her pattern.
She used several coats of color from
the marker to make the colors more intense.
|Jayde removed the paper design
from inside the jar and shows how she
colored the jar to match the paper pattern.
|Jayde has colored her jar and is ready
to make the marker color permanent.
|We spray the outside of the jars with clear
acrylic varnish and watch the jars go
from translucent back to transparent.
|Now that Jordyn’s jar has been
sprayed, it can be hand-washed
in warm water.
|We put votive candles in the jars
so the girls could see how the light
shows off their designs.
|We used battery-powered
tea lights for safety. The girls
have options for their gifts.
|They removed the tea lights.
Then we filled the jars with jelly
belly flops and other candies.
Start with a transparent jar. You’ll need white glue
Here I’m re-using a jelly jar. like Elmer’s School Glue.
Spread a coating of glue over The white glue covers the
the sides of the jar. jar and becomes opaque.
As the glue dries, you can see The glue is completely dry
the jar change from opaque and the jar is translucent.
Use regular markers to color Since my jar was embossed with
the jar. I’ve found inexpensive fruit, I followed these shapes.
markers work best.
For more intense colors, use the Handle the jar so that fingers
markers to add several layers don’t touch the outside colored
of color. Let the jar dry glass. The marker colors will
between layers. come off easily on fingers.
You can create blended colors When you’re done adding color,
by layering shades. Be sure to let the jar dry, then spray with
start with the lightest shade and clear acrylic. I apply two coats.
work toward the darker ones. This keeps the colors in place
For the peach, I started with and makes the jar hand-
yellow, then pink, and lastly orange. washable.
Your jar is now almost transparent Use a battery-powered tea light,
and very colorful. and it’s a glowing votive.
I’ve used candles for older children.
The flameless tea lights aren’t as
bright, but they are so safe to handle.