Having two kids (even though one is only a tiny baby – the other makes up for it with his endless energy!) means that I don’t often get the time to make any grown-up crafts. So when Jemma from Thimbleandtwig suggested we do a #christmaslittlemakes linky with both little and large Winter crafts for the four weeks in December, I jumped at the chance to make myself make!

First thing I did was head on over to Pinterest and start a Winter Crafts board to store up any ideas I stumbled across for the four topics:

  • Light
  • Sparkle
  • Star
  • Snow

I had a bit of a mad notion that I would try and get all the crafts (little and large) from all the four weeks (so at least eight in total) to somehow all come together in one fantastical Winter Wonderland Window display for the house. Well I have no idea if I’m going to be able to pull it off but here is my first grown-up (or for older kids too) craft for the theme of Light.

Light / Shadow Jar

I’ve always absolutely loved the shadows that dance around towns and cities during Winter months as everyone is tucked up warm inside. Creating my own mini shadow jar seemed like the ideal first craft to make myself as I knew it would be a lovely thing to watch on the windowsill on a Winter’s evening. Also it really isn’t tricky at all which is always a bonus after getting the kids asleep and trying to do something productive in that hour before it is ok to also go to bed. So if you want to give it a go too here is what you will need:

  • A glass jar (old pasta sauce one is ideal or for a super cute tiny one try those tiny jam jars)
  • Black thin cardboard  (I’m visiting my parents and sans my craft box so had to make do with white card spray painted black- mend and make do and all that!)
  • Glue
  • Spray snow  (I think I’m going to be using this stuff a lot!)
  • Battery operated tea light  (do NOT, I repeat do NOT, use a live flame! very bad idea)
  • Stanley / craft knife (I invaded my Dad’s garage for one)

What to do:

  1. Measure the size of paper you will need by simply putting the sheet of black paper into the glass and cutting where it sits nicely against the glass.
  2. Lie paper flat and draw out the skyscape you would like. Remember to add cutout windows and doors etc to allow light through and make it more interesting. If you are feeling adventurous why not include some local landmarks?
  3. Spray the inside of the jar with the snow spray but just a little at the Base of the jar. Add some spray or white paint to the roofs of the houses if you would like.
  4. Place the cardboard in the jar and glue into place if need be.
  5. Spray a little more snow round the roof of the jar but try and avoid covering the cut out.
  6. If you are feeling particularly Christmas why not add a little plastic tree to the lid to appear in your town square  (I might add mine when I get home)
  7. Finally to finish, simply add the batery operated tea light but dropping it in.
  8. You can add additional little touches such as sequine stars glued to either the inside or outside of the jar, and a sharpie is great for adding the moon.

And there you have it, a tiny wee world to watch from the comfort of your own sofa. I am hoping people walking by our window at night will also enjoy this little glimmering world.

I am linking up over the next four weeks with Jemma from Thimbleandtwig, Holly from LittlePicklesMom, and Sarah from WhimsicalMumblings. We would love to have you join us and link up any seasonal craft posts, new or old, for little or large ones, to help celebrate the magic of Winter. Find out more about this here

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