Glass Sculptures

Recycled Jars
Hot glue gun
My daughters often glue gems to paper to create their art.  My oldest gets frustrated sometimes when she glues them onto a piece of paper… and the paper flops all over when she picks it up.  This led to a conversation about what we could use that would be more sturdy.  She suggested that we put them on glass frames.  She has done this before with our WINDOW ART.   I didn’t have any glass frames on hand so I suggested the baby food jars.  We have saved up quite a few over the past month or so.  She learned very quickly that elmer’s glue was not going to work, and again became frustrated.  We went through a few more possible solutions using tape and band-aids before I asked if she would like to use the glue gun.  (Big Smile)  ”YES, that will work!”  I don’t have pictures of our attempts because it was spur of the moment.  She helped set up the following INVITATION  below.  

***PLEASE only do what you are comfortable with.  I have taught my daughter the proper way to use a glue gun and I have complete confidence in her capabilities. ***

The Invitation

Picking out gems

Gluing and…


Gluing and…

sticking.  Quite a simple process!  :-)  

This is my middle girls creation (26 Months).  I don’t have pictures with her because I was too busy showing her the proper way to use the glue gun.  
These are VERY strong.  I even tried pulling one apart because she decided she wanted a piece a little lower and it was NOT budging. 

My oldest made a cross.  (3.5 years)  

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14 Responses to Glass Sculptures

  1. Emily says:

    LOVE this! We’ve got glass jars that we save…wonder how my husband would react to bedazzled mason jars (we store our bulk nuts and grains in them)… ;-)

    also I’m sad that you feel the need for the big red disclaimer. I know it’s a response to past comments, but isn’t it common sense to teach your kids safety measures? I guess if it was a toss-up between not sharing and adding that disclaimer…I’d have put up a big red disclaimer, too.

  2. Mackenzie says:

    Man, I wish we lived closer so I could come “play” at your house! :) So much fun and learning going on there! I befriended you on FB and love your ideas! You have some great ideas! I would love for you to join us in Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes, as I think my readers will love your stuff as well! Have a great weekend!

  3. Lise says:

    I love that they connected the jars to each other to create sculptures–took it way beyond the simple decorated jar. Fabulous.

  4. Briana says:

    I love that you have no photos of your first attempt. I often find myself in the same jam, and then want to share it, but the joy of being present the first time ’round makes the next tries so much better! The joy of discovery is first and then the refining. I am so going to try this! Thank you!

  5. pricklymom says:

    These are beautiful! I think I would like to teach my boys to use the glue gun (it’s simple: you touch the end, you burn your finger. The end).

    BTW, I went to Dollar General this weekend (I usually don’t go there) and I kept finding myself thinking, “hey, PAHM has this!”

  6. Stephanie says:

    These are so much fun! I can’t wait to try it with the 3 year old I nanny, and I think it would be something fun I could do as well! :) Thank you! Also…they used to make the glue guns that didn’t get super hot…that might be an option for someone who is wary about using a hot glue gun with their child! I know we used to use them with daycare kiddos! :) I just don’t know if they still make them!

  7. We’ll have to try this. I just bought a super low temp glue gun with a cool touch tip at Hobby Lobby. I was startled when I saw a blog post somewhere else about letting toddlers and preschoolers use glue guns. But as I read their explanation of why (allows the child more control, less frustrating that school glue, don’t have to wait for it to dry, etc.) I changed my mind. I had to buy a new glue gun for him to have one because my low temp gun doesn’t have a trigger, you have to push the glue in the back with your thumb. That wasn’t going to work for a toddler. When I got to Hobby Lobby, I saw the one with the plastic covered tip. While he is careful, I thought a little extra protection was not a bad idea.

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