Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jingle Bell Jar

I did this Jingle Bell Jar last year with Sophia and wasn't sure if it made an impact on her. But this year, when unpacking our Christmas decor, she was super excited to see it and could even tell me how we used it. So I'm rerunning the remainder of the post from last year.....

Basically, we bought this fish bowl at the end of Oct. when my daughter got a free gold fish at a Halloween carnival. Of course, that fish died. So we bought 2 more and then they died too. So we've abandoned any hopes or dreams of having fish in this fish bowl. So what to do with a fish bowl?

Turn it into Santa? Use it to reward a 3 year old for good behavior?

I used a marker made to write especially on glass to trace this coloring page onto the front (I know I could have just drawn it myself. But hey, this saved time. I just taped the picture to the inside of the fish bowl).

Then I painted his beard using enamel paints. I used glossy. I really liked the thickness and coverage this product gave.

I just used regular acrylic craft paint for the skin and red (hard to see on the pic, but the coverage was much more solid with the enamel paint).Then I outlined everything again with the black glass marker pen.

I bought a toddler Santa hat at Hobby Lobby for $1. Then I bought some jingle bells that Sophia picked out at Michael's.

I explained to her that Santa is really busy this time of year and we really want to make sure he hears that she's been a good girl. So whenever she makes a really good choice or does a really good deed, she gets to pick a jingle bell, ring it (so Santa hears her being a good girl) and then she places it in the jar. 

We'll see if this improves her behavior. But really, I just needed to do something with that fish bowl. 

And now I know that it did make some impact and she's already asking if she can earn a bell for different tasks etc.


mail4rosey said...

How cute (and useful). I love it!

Visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

Yona Williams said...

that is an extremely cute idea - love the Santa jar!

I'm stopping by from Katherine's Corner blog hop.

Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

Katherines Corner said...

Perfect! I love it sooooo much! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Great job on this! I'd love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

Karri Reiser said...

What a great idea. I'm pinning this for next year when Alexa is older. Thanks for sharing at the Our Favorite Things Link Party.

Karri Reiser said...

Hi Erin,
I shared your post at my link party this week.
Thanks for posting and have a great week.