– I bought all the materials at Walmart and Target. Target had a couple different glitter glue colors than Walmart.
– The clear glue was at Wal-Mart in the art supply section with the crayons and markers. You might find it in the back to school section this time of year too. I used nearly a full bottle of it in my four Sparkle Bottles.
– The Elmer’s Clear School Glue was about half the price as the Aleene’s Clear Tacky Glue and I didn’t have any problems with it. I would do that again if I make more of these.
– I tried the quantities in Johanna’s tutorial with my first bottle and that was WAAAY too much glue for the Elmer’s brands. Our green bottle takes about 30 minutes to settle. Yeah, thirty. We use that as the quiet time timer for Big J when I’m trying to trick him into taking a nap… If you use the quantities listed above you’ll get about a 5 minute timer, if you’re using the bottles to keep time. Of course, the exact time will depend on whether you fill the last 1/4 of the bottle with glue or water. Play with it.
– Don’t use super fine glitter. I tried this. All that created was a major goopy clump. It was not pretty. I poured it out and started over. It was that bad. Check out the photo for an idea of what size glitter I preferred. Slightly larger worked out too. I got this set of 12 bottles of glitter at Wal-Mart for about $7.
– This blue bottle is my favorite. I call it the Starry Night bottle – it reminds me of Van Gogh’s painting by the same name, which coincidentally is also one of my favorite paintings. I put two different colors of blue glitter in this one, silver glitter and used the blue and purple glitter glue. Don’t be afraid to mix and match to make some cool colors. Our orange bottle is actually red and yellow glitter glue with a bit of orange glitter. Don’t be afraid to play with the colors!
– One of my best ideas from this project came in the form of a mini Sparkle Bottle. The big bottles were a little too heavy for Little J to really hang on to well. So, I made him a mini one. He loves it and I love that it can go in the diaper bag without taking up a ton of space – or weighing 400 lbs!