Friday, November 29, 2013

Tissue Paper Candle Jar - Gifts Kids Can Make

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Every year we all create a handmade gift to give to each other.  It helps our family to keep things in perspective and put meaning behind the gifts we give.  This project is one that will end up being the Christmas present for my son gives his grandma. 

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The inspiration for this craft came from this illustration in one of our favorite books, Llama Llama Holiday Drama.

Do you see what Llama Llama is working on?  This mosaic tissue paper candle jar project is straightforward, easy to do, and has beautiful and unique results.  The only supplies needed are:  tissue paper squares, mod podge, and a clean glass jar.   

What I liked most about making this was that there was not much I had to do. Not that I mind helping... It's just important to me that my son be able to look at something and say, "I did that. I made that all by myself."

I held the jar and let him paint the mod podge on and go to town sticking the tissue paper squares down wherever he chose.

After the first layer dried, HE painted on another layer of mod podge on it to seal it up.  He didn't want to do another layer of tissue paper (as I had planned).  But, his project = his choice.

And the result is so darling.  Using a tea light candle in it would be fine since it's glass.  But I think that we are going to pick up one of those fake tea lights for Grandma to put in it so that it is totally safe. 

And that's it.  Super easy.  Super cute.  Super personal.

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