Meant for ages 12+. This project is meant to to mimic the look of nebulas (clouds of gas and dust found in space). CAUTION: This project requires the use of a plastic knife and mason jar, both of which can cause injuries if broken or used improperly.
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Step 1: Materials
- 1 mason jar with lid (16oz or larger)
- cotton balls
- pink glitter
- 1 oz bottle of navy blue paint
- 1 oz bottle of teal color paint
- 1 oz bottle of purple paint
- plastic knife
- styrofoam cup
Twist off the mason jar lid. Set aside.
Opening the water bottle, pour some water into thestyrofoam cup. Fill it up until it reaches the second line from the bottom of the cup.
Pour the water from the styrofoam cup into the Mason jar
Grab the navy blue paint and squeeze about four drops into the water or until you get the desired color you want. Then stir with the plastic knife until all the paint is dissolved.
Carefully pull apart one cotton ball so it resembles a cloud. Do the same with the rest so that there will be enough to absorb the water.
Add the cotton ball into the Mason jar and using the plastic knife, gently push the cotton ball to the bottom of the jar. Repeat until all water is absorbed.
Repeat step 2 and 3
Using the teal paint, squeeze about four drops into the water or until you get the desired color you want. Then carefully stir with the plastic knife until all the paint is dissolved.
Repeat step 5 and 6
Add a pinch of the pink glitter to the sides of the Mason jar, spreading it out with the plastic knife.
Using the plastic knife, poke down on the sides of the mason jar so the colors can blend together.
Repeat steps 2 and 3
Repeat step 8 but this time with the color purple.
Repeat steps 5 and 6
Repeat step 11
Repeat step 2 and 3
Repeat steps 4,5 and 6
Repeat steps 10 and 11
Replace the lid set aside earlier and tighten.
You now have your very own Nebula Mason jar. Enjoy!