Craft time is the perfect opportunity to give your kids a little lesson about recycling! An empty milk carton can be transformed in to a school bus, tin cans can become wind chimes and an empty cereal box can be turned in to a colorful floor puzzle. The options are endless! So this past weekend, when my son (Ryker) and I were visiting my parents down in New Jersey and we were looking for an afternoon craft project, I took a peek in my parent’s recycling can for a little inspiration. I saw a few empty tomato sauce jars and happened to glance up on a storage shelf and saw a box of Christmas lights. I then proceeded to have my own little “AHA!” moment when I realized we had the perfect materials to make a fun nightlight for my son!
The great thing about this nightlight is that it can also be used as a fun holiday decoration for any room in your house. I have one on my mantle and switch out the lights depending on the season (pastel lights for Easter, red, white and blue lights for July 4th, black and orange lights for Halloween, etc.).
1 glass jar and lid (I used a tomato sauce jar)
1 string of holiday lights (a string with a plug only at one end)
Spray paint (I used black)
1 decorative knob
½ inch glass drill bit
We started out by scrubbing the label off the tomato sauce jar (letting it soak in some warm water for about 10 minutes makes it a lot easier). Then, Ryker and I headed down in the basement to spray paint the lid of the glass jar. Make sure you put plenty of newspaper down so you don’t paint your floor!
While we were waiting for the lid to dry, we got started on drilling a hole in the side of the jar close to the bottom. Here is where we needed a little help from my handy man Dad. The drilling takes some patience and a little bit of time so don’t be in a hurry! Also, make sure to drill in a well- ventilated area since you may create a little bit of glass dust.
While my Dad was finishing up the drilling, Ryker and I headed downstairs to complete the lid. We had found a random knob from my old dresser lying around so we glued that to the top of the lid for a little bit of decoration and set it aside to let it dry.
Next step was threading the string of lights; plug-less side first, through the outside of the glass jar and through the drilled hole so they started coiling up in the inside of the drawer. We kept threading the lights in to the jar until we had @ 12 inches of lights and the plug left on the outside. Then, it was time to screw on our lid and plug in the lights! Who knew a tomato sauce jar had so much potential!?!