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Hold on to Summer: Make Your Own Wave Bottle

By Jean Van't Hul |

Summer is almost over, but you can make your own wave bottle to capture the look and feel of ocean waves. Endlessly mesmerizing for toddlers and adults alike, a wave bottle is simply made with oil and water (which famously don’t mix).

Read on for the step-by-step instructions, photos of my toddler helping make the wave bottle,and the usual commentary.

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Hold on to Summer: Make Your Own Wave Bottle

Wave bottle how-to

Click through the slide show to learn how to make your own super cool wave bottle.

Ready to make your own wave bottle now? (And if you want to bottle summer more completely, consider adapting these instructions to make a beach in a bottle.)

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Jean Van't Hul

Jean Van't Hul is a writer at Artful Parent, and author of The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. She has contributed DIY and children's arts crafts ideas for Babble, and continues to do so on her website. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

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2 thoughts on “Hold on to Summer: Make Your Own Wave Bottle

  1. liz says:

    I did this with my 17 month old son and he loves it. One question: when you’ve done this, how long do you keep one wave bottle around? I know eventually the plastic will crack and want to throw it out (or make a new one) before that happens. A couple of weeks?

  2. Lisa says:

    I kept a mayonnaise jar for almost a decade, using something similar. We used no oil, but glitter and a button for ballast. When you shake the jar, it becomes a tornado, and the button spins around the bottom. Was a favorite project in our house for years!

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