How to Make a Nebula Jar

A Nebula is a cloud in space. To make a Nebula jar you need very few things that you might already have around the house.


  1. 1
    Set up your work space. Place down some newspaper, take the lid off of the jar, and make sure the paint is open.
  2. 2
    Fill up about one third of the jar with water.
  3. 3
    Put in a few drops of pink paint. Put the lid on and shake the jar until the paint is blended with the water.
  4. 4
    Remove the lid and add some glitter (about a teaspoon).
  5. 5
    Stretch out cotton balls, and put them in. Push them down until they fill up the paint water. Let the cotton balls soak up the water.
  6. 6
    Fill up about another one third more with water. Add a few drops of the darkest color (less than you did for the pink).
    • Do not shake the jar this time.
  7. 7
    Add more glitter.
  8. 8
    Stretch out some more cotton balls. Push them down carefully until they fill up the paint water. Let the cotton balls soak up the water.
  9. 9
    Fill up the last third with water.
  10. 10
    Add the purple if desired.
    • Add some more glitter.
    • Stretch out the cotton balls. Push the cotton balls down until they come almost to the top of the water, carefully.
  11. 11
    Add a few drops of pink, stretch the cotton balls and push them to the glass instead of down (only if purple is desired).
    • If purple isn't desired repeat step 10 with pink and don't push the cotton outwards. Add glitter.
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  • Think of unrolling the cotton balls.
  • use small, large, or both silver glitter.
  • If you are making a lot of these jars such as for gifts or a party get two bags of large cotton balls (per 8 jars).
  • This craft looks best once it settles.


  • This is a messy craft so make sure you put the finished jar in view, but in a safe place so it doesn't crash and ruin the floor.

Things You Will Need

  • A small mason jar with a lid
  • Two-three colors of Tempura paint (blue and pink are the main colors, but if desired add purple
  • Water
  • Glitter
  • Large Cotton balls
  • Something to push the cotton balls down like a wooden dowel

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