Adventure Club, Children

Starry Night

It’s Adventure Club day again and this time we are working on the ‘Starry Night’ badge. First, we learned about our galaxy, stars within it and a very special part of space…a nebula! This badge has two parts- learning/ craft and an evening with my telescope. Since that means staying up late, we are saving that part for Saturday night! In the mean time, we have this great craft that gave us a good idea of the beauty of a nebula!

The craft we decided on is a nebula jar!  So we headed off right away to the craft store to pick up our supplies. This is actually a really easy craft that requires only a few items and you end up with a colorful jar of puffy, starry nebula ‘clouds’.

The supplies needed to make this nebula jar are:

  1. 1 large Mason Jar
  2. Cotton (or loose batting)
  3. 2 or 3 colors of tempura paint
  4. Glitter
  5. Water
  6. Stirring stick (such as a wooden skewer/ kabob stick)

Now in full disclosure, we got this idea off of Pinterest but had a lovely Pinterest fail because the directions told us to shake the jar and when we did, everything blended into a dreary, brown mushy batting. So, we dumped it out and started over with this method instead, which works great:

Place some cotton (or batting) in the bottom of the jar. Squeeze some drops of tempura paint (a good squeeze or two) onto the cotton. Sprinkle in some glitter. Slowly fill 1/3 of the jar with water, pouring it directly on the paint. Using the stirring stick, poke at the cotton to move around the paint and let it absorb onto the cotton.

Repeat the process with another section of cotton. Squeeze some drops of another color of tempura paint and sprinkle in more glitter. Slowly add another 1/3 of water to the jar, pouring it directly on the paint, and carefully poke at the cotton to move around the paint and let that color absorb onto the cotton.

Repeat the process one final time with another color of tempura paint, filling the remaining unfilled part of the jar with water and stirring the cotton one final time.


Hopefully at the end, you’ll end up with a starry night that looks a bit like this:


A nebula: a nursery for baby stars!

2 thoughts on “Starry Night”

  1. The Lyrid meteor shower is this month from like the 16th on. It peaks on the 22nd and 23rd. Last year it was spectacular. Most of the action is between 11pm and 3am so it’s a good thing those two days are a Friday and Saturday. Look eastward around the star Vega. Should be fun again!

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