After thinking back on my kid-friendly parties over the past couple years, I realized I have some sort of obsession with crafts that include both glitter and jars. 😆
This epiphany struck while chatting with a friend at our Modern Witch Halloween Party who mentioned that her kids still have “this jar” and “that jar” from our other parties. LOL 😂 Honestly it really didn’t hit me until that very moment.
I think maybe this is happening because I tend to like things that are messy, like glitter and paint and food coloring, but also want things to be “clean”, so containing the messiness in a jar somehow FEELS like the best of both worlds. 🏆 In any case… these Halloween Glitter Globes probably leaned a little more messy than clean, but it was still a good time all around! 🎉
Modern Witch Printables
Since the theme of this party was Modern Witch, I couldn’t resist making a sign for the CRAFT table that said “Get Your *Witch CRAFT* On”. I mean… it seems only fitting, right? ;)
DIY HALLOWEEN GLITTER GLOBES
- Jars – We used wide-mouth mason jars & empty Martinelli’s Apple Juice bottles
- Corn Syrup – enough for 1/3 – 1/2 of each jar
- Water – in a pitcher or carafe
- Funnels – at least 1 each for water, corn syrup, glitter
- Paper Plates – for setting down the messy funnels
- Wiggly eyes, Sharpies, stickers, candy, etc to decorate the jars
- Adhesive dots and/or a hot glue gun
- Food Coloring (optional)
Craft Station Prep:
Remove any labels from all jars and bottles. (Goo Gone or something similar really helps here!)
Separate the lids from the jars, and group everything together by style/shape for easy access later.
If you’re using the plastic apple juice jars (Martinelli’s 10 oz), make sure to buy them ahead of time so your family can enjoy them – OR pour all the juice into a pitcher or carafe and serve it at your party. #smart 🤓
Since uniformity makes a big difference in the look of a craft station (or any type of station, really!), I transferred all the different glitters into tins that were all the same style. This helped with the color palette too, because the original glitter jars had rainbow-y colors in the labels + blue and green lids.
How to Assemble the Jars:
1. Fill each jar about 1/3 to 1/2 way with corn syrup. The original recipe for glitter globes that I referenced called for the 1/2 full amount. However, this started to eat up our corn syrup supply super fast – I had to go digging through the pantry for more! – so we adjusted the amounts down a little. The glitter globes still worked fine in the end. :)
2. Add the glitter. Start by spooning in a little, then gradually add more until you’re satisfied with the look.
3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, leaving a little room at the top for air.
4. Optional: Add food coloring, if desired. (Note – a little black goes a long way!)
5. Decorate the outside of the jar with stickers, eyes, etc.
6. SHAKE IT UP!
Food Coloring & Candy
We used black & orange food coloring here, but I think green would also be great for zombies, witches or Frankenstein designs! *Please note that a little bit of black food coloring goes a long way.* Back was the most popular choice, and those jars ended up looking like a cross between Halloween and outer space. ;)
Since we were so close to the treats, the kids also started grabbing candy to add to their creations all on their own! The gummy witch fingers seemed to be the biggest hit. 😆
My original intention for the Martinelli’s jars was to turn them into jack-o-lanterns because of their pumpkin-like shape. You could pre-cut jack-o-lantern face elements in stickers or felt to make this super easy for the kids! And opt for orange food coloring over black, of course. ;)
More Ideas & Inspiration
It was fun to see the kids’ creativity at work here!
For lots more Halloween party inspiration that coordinates with this look, be sure to check out the full recap of our Modern Witch Inspired Halloween Party, too!
You can also take a closer look at our “Resting Witch Face” Dress Up station/activity right here.