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Galaxy Jars DIY: Hold the Galaxy in your Hands!

DIY Galaxy Jars Instructions. Learn how to make Galaxy Jars, which is a perfect sensory bottle or calm-down jar craft that kids and adults alike will love. Scroll down to read how you can hold a galaxy in a jar, with this incredibly easy-to-follow tutorial.

A long time ago… just kidding.

Galaxy Jar

Galaxy Jars

Be warned: Rumors of Star Wars galactic republic clone wars on Naboo may ensue…

So you can either call this Galaxy Jars...or Nebula Jars. Regardless of your preference, you can call it a super simple craft that will transform each mason jar you use into a galactic empire from unknown regions in the outer rim, full of wonder and delight. All kidding aside, it can easily be used as a calm down jar.

Now I am not quite sure why so many people call them Galaxy jars, other than our continued Star Wars enthusiasm, of course.

When completed, they really look more like a Nebula to me. Either way, they’re so much fun. If you are on a science kick, you can also try this universe jar which glows!  I don’t like glow jars.  Said, no one. Ever.

You can get the instructions to make this Nebula Jar below!


What is a Galaxy?

According to the dictionary

  1. A galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas and dust, and dark matter.

What is a Nebula?

According to Wikipedia

  1. A nebula (Latin for “cloud”; pl. nebulae, nebulæ, or nebulas) is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium, and other ionized gases. Originally, nebula was a name for any diffuse astronomical object, including galaxies beyond the Milky Way.

Galaxy Jar Materials

Now to create your DIY galaxy jars, you are going to need just a few things.

First, a jar, water, fine glitter, paint, and a ton of cotton balls. Like, a ton.

Depending on the size of the galaxy/nebula in a jar crafts you are making, you may need as many as 3 bags of cotton balls. Since they are cheap, especially if purchased in bulk, it’s a good idea to stock up.

Helpful hint: If you are planning this galaxy project in the future, you can easily grab all those things below from Amazon. I know when I do crafts that I always get mad at myself for not having the supplies on hand, so getting them all at once helps me.

TIP: On the cotton ball link below you have an option to buy 500 count or 1000 count- I always go through WAY more cotton balls than I think, so I recommend getting the 1000 count so you are prepared!

12 Ball Mason Jar with Lid - Regular Mouth - 16 oz12 Ball Mason Jar with Lid – Regular Mouth – 16 ozSchool Smart Tempera Paint - Pints - Set of 12 - Assorted ColorsSchool Smart Tempera Paint – Pints – Set of 12 – Assorted ColorsKendall/Covidien Prepping Cotton Ball, 500 CountKendall/Covidien Prepping Cotton Ball, 500 CountMartha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter, 12-PackMartha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter, 12-Pack

Official Galaxy Jar Supply List from Amazon: 

How to make a Galaxy Jar

How to make Galaxy Jars

1)Fill 1/3 of the jar with water to begin!

2) Add several drops of acrylic tempera paint to the water, put the lid on your mason jar, and shake to mix the paint and water.

Galaxy Jar DIY

Galaxy Jar a kids DIY Mason Jar Craft DIY

3)Add a bit of fine glitter to the water and paint solution.

These are stars in your galaxy!  A silver glitter would twinkle nicely, don’t you think!

4)Stretch out and elongate your cotton balls, adding them to the water until the bottom is filled with cotton, pressing them down into the water with a stick or a knife.

DIY Make your own galaxy in a jar

Fill another 1/3 of the jar with water and add several drops of contrasting tempera paint. Repeat steps 2-4 so your colors start to mix and blend into each other.

Galaxy Jar Download

Fill the final 1/3 of the jar with water and repeat steps 2-4.

Nebula Jar create the stars

Now you have created a GORGEOUS Galaxy jar~! I’m not sure who loves making them more, me or my kids!

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DIY Galaxy Jars create your own

Want more tips about how to layer and add the cotton?

You can learn more by heading to check out the  ELEMENT JARS

Giving some different step-by-step layering techniques to build the jar you want! (can be used to build a nebula too!)

Element Jars: Create Sun, Moon, Earth, and Sky in these fun DIY Element Jar Necklaces Tutorial, picture instructions, Nebula Jar

Element Jars: Create Sun, Moon, Earth, and Sky in these fun DIY Element Jar Necklaces Tutorial, picture instructions, Nebula Jar

In addition, we did make a glow in the dark universe jar here too!  Glow-in-the-dark paint is so much more chic than glow sticks in a jar!

Just click to find those instructions:

Create a Galaxy Jar DIY for Kids

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Love Potion: DIY a mini necklace set of Love Potion that really explodes with Love! Adorable, fun craft for best friend or spouse

or maybe you want a different type of magical glitter jar: Fairy Jar

fairy_jar

Or a Mardi Gras Calming Jar

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Constellation Jar

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

Again, Do not forget your supplies!  You’ll hug yourself later, I promise.

12 Ball Mason Jar with Lid - Regular Mouth - 16 oz12 Ball Mason Jar with Lid – Regular Mouth – 16 ozSchool Smart Tempera Paint - Pints - Set of 12 - Assorted ColorsSchool Smart Tempera Paint – Pints – Set of 12 – Assorted ColorsKendall/Covidien Prepping Cotton Ball, 500 CountKendall/Covidien Prepping Cotton Ball, 500 CountMartha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter, 12-PackMartha Stewart Crafts Iridescent Glitter, 12-Pack

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