Thursday, 11 May 2017

Crafty Mum - Sensory Bottle

One of the main reasons I became a Mum is that I needed more justification for my craft stash. I'm joking* but I really do love to make things. My Mum always tells me that one of my favourite things to do as a kid was 'cutting and sticking' for hours on end. I wanted to be a teacher because I thought it meant you got to do Arts and Crafts all day long (I now have friends who are teachers and this is definitely not the case).

I had a bit of a dry spell with crafts but now that I have Ruby it has motivated me to get stuck into making things again, and I thought that I would share my crafty adventures with you all. I wanted to start off with something fairly straightforward so I decided to give my first sensory bottle a go. 

I found a great tutorial from a little delightful via pinterest and gathered my materials:
  • Empty water bottle (cleaned, dried and label removed)
  • Foil star confetti 
  • Beads 
  • Glitter
  • Glue gun
  • Baby Oil (or Glycerine, I used baby oil because I had some at home)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Water

How To

It is super duper easy to make this type of sensory bottle, I basically made the whole thing during Ruby's morning nap!
  • Half fill the bottle with water
  • Add your glitter/beads/confetti (or whatever you want to add)
  • Add one tablespoon of baby oil (or Glycerine) 
  • Top up the bottle with water (but not right to the top)
  • Replace the lid and give it a shake to test. You may find you want to add more beads etc or you may feel you need a bit more oil (or Glycerine). Keep testing until you feel you have it the way you want it to be and that there is enough in the bottle. 
  • TIP - if the items in the bottle seem to be clumping together add a small amount of washing up liquid (I found this tip on another site and it did the trick for me).
  • When you have finalised what is in the bottle use the glue gun to glue around the rim of the bottle, then quickly screw the lid on (do I need to remind you that the glue will be hot so be careful? I feel I should just in case!).
  • Once the glue has dried, your sensory bottle is ready to use! 

Ruby enjoying the first attempt

It's a nice super easy craft and we have enjoyed playing with it and it's cheap and cheerful. I will definitely be experimenting with more in the future. If you have a go, please share your results here, or over on my Facebook page

*or am I? 

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