help with my halloween party craft?

I'm trying to get my act together for Oscar's halloween party. I volunteered to bring a craft and I thought it would be fun for the older kids (4th grade) to make potion bottles to take home. So I bought bottles and stoppers at Science and Surplus…

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Then I hit up the dollar store for plastic halloweeny bee bobs, skeletons, spiders, etc. I have garbage bag & guaze I'm cutting into strips and glitter plus food coloring and water…

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I still haven't printed out the cool potion labels they'll modge podge on and I'd like to wrap the tops with twine but I'm concerned… it's not looking good at all. Just stuff floating to the top and you can't see anything. I'm stumped. What am I missing? I need something cool! And I need it fast and easy. And cheap! Any ideas out there?

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16 thoughts on “help with my halloween party craft?

  1. Mags says:

    Try vegetable oil, water and food colouring.
    Put in shredded bin bags as you have already done…basically fill the bottle up.
    Get a couple of different food colours, one for oil, one for water, make some coloured oil and some coloured water.
    Put the coloured water in to your bottle, about 2/3rds then put the coloured oil on top.
    The layers will separate. So you have two layers in different colours, if you shake them up, they will intertwine, then separate again…
    Hope that helps!

  2. Stephanie says:

    If all else fails, check your local toy store for these little creatures that grow in water (you can find them if you google that) and label them as specimen jars. Those things say they grow to like 3000x their size and you think, how can that be? But they totally do! They’re kind of amazing and creepy too. Then you can take them out and dry them to shrink them and grow them again.

  3. Tiffany Harvey says:

    I made an awesome glitter jar using clear Elmer’s glue to help suspend the glitter (it still falls, just slower). I used about half the bottle for maybe a 64 oz.(?) water, so you’d probably need a few bottles.

  4. Holly says:

    I tried making snow globes at Christmas with similar results. Glycerin works to suspend things in water, but makes it cloudy – so don’t use too much. My biggest mistake was using dollar store figurines : all the colour came off the objects (i.e. the little evergreens) making the water a soupy, murky green. It was so disappointing . So check your bits and bobs for colour fastness before putting them in the potion jars. Good Luck!!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Corn syrup! But you’ll want to hot glue the lids on. Maybe stick with the screw tops, not as cute as the cork, but not as messy either.

  6. meganbrannan@gmail.com says:

    Corn syrup is the right answer! And it seems gauze or garbage bags would clog things up.
    You might want to send them home in sturdy ziplocs in case they break!

  7. rose says:

    glitter glue works well in addition to regular craft glitter for sensory bottles (it’s finer than most glitter and I think they use a mix of glue and glycerine!)

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