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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Our Lady Star of the Sea ~ Ocean in a Bottle Craft

You may have seen the "ocean in a bottle" craft before, but this is my Catholic twist on this wonderful old craft.  I have simply added a cotton cloud at the top and an image and prayer to our Lady of the Sea. 
With the Hurricane Irene hitting the East coast and heading for NY it seems an appropriate to ask for Our Lady's intersession for all those who are in need during this troubled time.

What you need:
Empty 2 liter plastic bottle with a lid (cleaned & labels removed)
Clear mineral oil or vegetable oil (I used 1 bottle of baby oil)
Water 
Funnel 
Blue food coloring
Glitter  (If you put in a lot it can look kinda like a lava lamp!)
Clean stones, shells, marbles, or other ocean items
Cotton for cloud
Star of the Sea prayer card printed on stock paper- Click here for printable card
Twisty or wire (about 4 inches long)
Tape
White craft glue
Hot glue


Instructions:

Using funnel to fill the bottle 1/3 with tap water.
Add a few drops of blue food coloring and swirl the bottle around to mix it.
Add some glitter.
Using the funnel, again, add oil to the bottle until the bottle is 2/3 full; leaving 1/3 of the bottle empty.
Add the small stones, shells, marbles, or other ocean items.
Make sure the rim and cap are dry, then apply white craft glue around the rim. tightly screw on the cap.
Use a layer of hot glue around the outside edge to help keep it from leaking.
Wrap one end of the twisty or wire around the bottle's neck and tape the prayer card to the other end.
Add a cloud to the top of your bottle by dropping hot glue around the top and carefully adding the cotton to form a cloud. Be sure to wrap the cotton around the twisty so Mary looks like she's in the cloud.
Turn the bottle on its side and gently rock the bottle to create your very own waves! 
Note: The Mary card can be turned so she's facing the correct way wether you choose to stand the bottle up or lay it on its side.
Enjoy!


Our Lady Star of the Sea,
pray for us and all those who are troubled by water's fury.

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