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Dec

let it snow bottle

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The whole family went to our local Santa Claus Parade a couple weeks ago. The kiddos had a blast! They were worried about something though! There was no snow!! How could they go to a Santa Claus Parade without any snow?! When you live in Canada, Santa and snow go hand in hand. That afternoon, before the parade, I decided to make the kids this awesome ‘let it snow’ bottle. We may not have had snow on the ground, but they just loved this snow bottle. It’s like a giant version of a snow globe and they’re still playing with it daily! Here’s how we made it:

What you’ll need:

large plastic water bottle, empty and cleaned – I used the large (850ml) voss bottle for the wide mouth so I could easily fit the snowflakes in the top!
1 bottle of clear school glue
white glitter
assorted snowflakes – I used beads and buttons
water
glue to glue the lid on tight

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Directions:

1. Empty the entire bottle of clear glue into the empty water bottle. If you’re using a smaller bottle than I did, you might want to add less glue. What the glue does is help make the water thicker so the glitter and snowflakes will suspend longer. The more glue you add, the thicker your water will be.

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2. Fill the water bottle up the rest of the way (just below the bottom of the neck) with lukewarm water. The lukewarm water will help the glue dissolve a bit. The glue was a bit lumpy in the water for the first few hours, but looked crystal clear the next day and still looks awesome! Give the glue some time to dissolve.

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3. Pour 1 tsp of glitter in the bottle. You don’t want to add too much or you won’t be able to see the snowflakes inside.

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4. Toss in some snowflake trinkets – I used about 10 – you be the judge depending on their size.

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5. Glue the water bottle lid back on tightly and allow to dry. This will help prevent little ones from opening the bottle and making a big mess!

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Enjoy!

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29 thoughts on “let it snow bottle

  1. the classroom creative

    Jill-

    I was going to buy something similar to this for my sons, but now, I’ll just spring for a bottle of Voss instead. :)

    Great idea, especially for calming corners for kids with special needs. I’ll share this with my son’s OT clinic as well.

    My best,
    Nicolette

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    1. Karen M

      I tried this and it didn’t work at all. I used a whole bottle of glue in a clear martini shaker and the water never thickened. I glued the lid on and the glue oozed inside and turned the water milky. So make sure you use the clear glue to also glue on the lid. What a mess!!!

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      1. Jill Post author

        Sorry to hear that Karen. Do keep in mind that the glue only thickens the water slightly so it holds the beads and glitter a tiny bit longer that just water does. You aren’t going to see really “thick” water. It still has to be very flowy for this craft to work. Sorry it didn’t work out for you!

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    1. Jill

      I just used my glue gun because my kids are 4 and 5 and really know better than to open it. If I were making this for a younger child, I’d want to use a really strong glue. You also don’t want to use a lot of glue, or it will make a mess and could drip back into the bottle. I hope that helps!

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  2. Krista

    Jill,
    This is so stinkin’ cute! I think I’ll make them as party favors for my daughter’s classmates with a tag that says “Thank you SNOW much for helping me celebrate my birthday.”
    Love how you always share your time and talents with us.
    THANK YOU!!
    Krista

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    1. Jill

      Hi Corrie! I buy all of my plastic VOSS bottles at Shopper’s Drug Mart. They are with the fancy waters. My store carries 2 sizes and I used the larger one for this craft. Good luck!

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  3. Kathy Lopez

    Hello I love the idea an I would like to share with our girl scouts troop.. We are in NJ where can we get thoe water bottles? thanks

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    1. Jill Post author

      Thanks Kathy! Unfortunately I’m not too sure where you can buy the bottles. I live in Canada and bought them at the pharmacy/drug store with the fancy bottled waters. They are made by Voss and come in lovely plastic bottles with removable stickers. Look in the fancy water sections at stores. I hope that helps!

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    2. Liz

      I used the 1.5 L Smartwater bottles, 1.5 Tbsp glitter and 2 bottles of glue. I couldn’t find Voss water here in WI. It’s not as slow as I first thought it would be, BUT for kids it’s probably just right. My 3 year old will be the true test!

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  4. Kirsten

    My husband brought home a Voss bottle when he was on business in Las Vegas. I love its shape and design. Now I know what to do with it :)

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