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Rainy Day Craft Ideas For The Whole Family

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As autumn draws in, the days get shorter – and, let’s face it, rainier – which means keeping the kids occupied isn’t always as easy as going for a quick walk in the park. At least, not unless you want a gaggle of whining, wet-through youngsters on your hands. Rainy days are often the days you find yourself frantically googling for things to do, so we thought we’d put together a list of rainy day crafts to keep (you and!) the kids busy – even when the weather’s inclement.

Scroll down for our favourite rainy day craft ideas!

Crayon Candles

Tutorial at Evermine.

These candles are so much fun to make, and kids are sure to love the bright crayon-based colours! Melt wax crayons in the microwave (adult supervision highly recommended!), pour them into glass votives of your choice, and leave to harden. You can layer up a variety of different crayons for colourful contrast, or keep it simple with a single colour.

You will need:

  • Glass votives
  • Wax crayons
  • Wax wicks
  • Paper cups
  • Lolly sticks (for stirring)

BFG Dream Jar

Tutorial at Hobbycraft.

What child doesn’t love Roald Dahl? This craft is an homage to the BFG and his dream jars. It’s super easy to make – all you’ll need is a mason or large jam jar, paints, glitter and cotton wool. Once you’ve made the jars, be prepared for the kids to request some serious story time.

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DIY Playdough

Tutorial at Everything Etsy.

Playdough is a rainy day rite of passage for every child in the country. But it can be expensive to buy pot after pot (especially when the colours get mushed into that unappealing grey-brown shade). With this simple recipe, you can make your own playdough in a whole rainbow of colours! All the ingredients are store cupboard friendly, so you might have most of them already (and the ones you don’t will keep until the next time you need them)! Keep your playdough in an airtight jar to make it last longer.

You will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Boiling water
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cream of tartar
  • Essential oils
  • Food colouring

Moss Terrarium

Tutorial at Parent Pretty.

This might be one for a drizzly day, rather than a full-on deluge, as you’ll need to head out and collect stones and miniature plants to build your terrarium. Kids will love building this tiny microcosm of nature, and getting their hands dirty in the soil and stones. Plus, terrariums look fantastic, are easy to assemble, and they’re a very cute way to bring a little microcosm of your garden inside.

You will need:

  • Large glass jar
  • Small pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Potting soil
  • Moss or other small plants
  • Bamboo skewer

Raincloud In A Jar

Tutorial at Home School Pre School.

This one’s great for education and for fun. First, discuss with your kids how rain is made, and why clouds are important. Then you can demonstrate! Using shaving foam, water and food colouring, you can make your very own raincloud in a jar. It’s a perfectly topical rainy day craft!

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Mason Jar Ghosts

Tutorial at Number 2 Pencil.

Here’s a spooky Halloween themed craft, perfect for an October rainy day. Make these adorable ghosts using just a few simple materials! All you need is a variety of glass jars, white spray paint and googly eyes. The white paint is also really effective for placing LED tealights in to create an eerie orange glow.

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Fun Rainy Day Crafts For Kids

We hope you love these rainy day crafts as much as we do! If you give any of them a go, please tag us in your social media photos – we love to see them!

Don’t forget you can buy jars for all your crafts with no minimum order at Ampulla.

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Why Choose Eco Friendly Cosmetic Packaging?

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Sustainability is a pretty big deal right now. Google searches hit peak popularity in February 2020, and with global warming an ever-increasing threat, it’s never been more important to consider the environmental impact of our day-to-day choices. That’s why more and more beauty brands are opting for eco friendly cosmetic packaging to store, sell and supply their products.

But it’s not just important for the environment. As consumers, influencers and make-up gurus become more eco-aware, eco friendly cosmetic packaging is increasingly becoming a selling point.

What eco friendly packaging choices are available for beauty brands?

Well, it depends on your product, but there are loads of options to choose from. At Ampulla, we’re always looking to expand our range to offer you the best eco friendly packaging at affordable prices. We’ve listed some of our bestselling choices below.

Post Consumer Recycled Bottles

PCR bottles give you all the benefits of plastic – they’re shatterproof, lightweight and durable – but with an eco-friendly twist. As the name suggests, these bottles are made of plastic that have been recycled – so making use of these strong, versatile bottles can significantly reduce your use of virgin plastics.

The lightweight nature of these bottles also lowers your carbon footprint when you’re dispatching your goods. Deliver more orders over fewer journeys – and save money on your P&P, too!

We offer a chemical-resistant HDPE option (in 30ml – 1 litre capacities) or a clear PET option, so you can pick the bottle that’s best for your needs.

Glass Cosmetic Jars

For classic eco friendly cosmetic packaging, glass is second to none. Made from abundant natural raw materials such as sand, it doesn’t use up precious natural resources. It’s also already widely recycled, and because glass waste melts at a lower temperature than raw materials, recycling glass can also help save energy.

But it’s not just an eco-friendly choice. Glass offers a premium look for your cosmetics and makeup, so it’s a great way to draw your customers to your products. It’s also nonreactive with many substances, so it’s ideal for preserving your goods.

At Ampulla, you can buy glass cosmetic packaging in a variety of colours and sizes. Take a look at our range below.

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Aluminium Jars

Aluminium is one of the most sustainable recyclable materials available. In fact, almost three quarters of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use today. Because of this, it’s a great option for cosmetic brands looking to build their eco credentials.

The shiny silver jar body is fab for luxury cosmetics, and it’s easy to personalise by adding a label to the side of the jar. The opaque nature of aluminium also prevents reaction of your product with light or other external factors.

Our aluminium jars come with matching lined lids for maximum product protection. They’re available in sizes up to 150ml!

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As sustainability and climate change come increasingly into focus, eco friendly cosmetic packaging is going to be vital so beauty brands can meet consumers’ needs. For more eco friendly cosmetic bottles and jars, shop the range at Ampulla.

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The Best Homemade Jam Recipes

How Long Does Homemade Jam Last

Have you always fancied yourself as the type of person that makes jam at home? Or asked yourself “how long does homemade jam last?” Then read on… It’s jam season here in the UK! Between June and October every year, British fruit is at is ripest and most sweet, making it the perfect time for turning into jam.

How To Make Jam At Home

Sure you could head down to your local supermarket and pick up a pot of ready made jam, but where’s the fun in that? Making jam at home is fairly simple AND you can use your imagination to tailor your preserves to your own specific flavour palette. Like your jams more tangy and sour? Not a problem if you’re making them at home! The process of jam making is fairly similar no matter what fruit (or fruits) you end up using.

Step 1: Clean your jars. In order to create jam that is food safe, the jars that you use to store it must be totally clean in order to stop any bacteria from flourishing. This is especially true when storing jam, as bacteria loves to feed off the sugar! The easiest way to sterilise glass jars is to rinse them in hot soapy water and then put them upside down in the oven at 140 degrees Celsius until thy are dry. Make sure to remove any rubber linings that sit within the jar as these will melt or look misshapen once they emerge from the oven!

Step 2: Wash (and peel if necessary) your fruit and place it in a pan alongside jam sugar, in equal quantities. Keep it at a low heat and stir until all of the sugar has completely dissolved. If your fruit doesn’t have a lot of moisture, you may need to add some boiling water to loosen it. Keeping the mixture at a low temperature is very important, as you do not want the sugar to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Depending on what fruit you are using, you may need to add pectin (a thickening agent) to your mixture in order for your jam to have the right consistency to be able to set properly.

Step 3: Once all the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture up to a rapid boil for 3-5 minutes until the jam reaches a stage where it can set. You will be able to know when to take it off the heat when you see the mixture thicken and boil more slowly.

Step 4: Test if your jam is ready to set. You can do this by taking the mixture off the heat and spooning a small bit of it onto a cold plate or saucer. Leave to cool for a few minutes and then push your finger into it. If the jam ‘wrinkles’, it’s ready to be put into jars to set! If it’s not quite there yet, just put it back onto the heat for slightly longer and keep testing it until it’s ready.

Step 5: Spoon your jam into your sterilised jars and place airtight lids on them whilst the jam is still hot. As the jam cools and sets, it will dip the seal of the jars to create a pressurised atmosphere inside. That’s why you get a distinctive ‘pop’ when you open a jam jar for the first time!

How Long Does Homemade Jam Last?

Homemade fruit preserves can last for up to year or even longer if it is unopened and stored in a cool, dry place, such as a pantry or kitchen cupboard. However the flavour and texture of your jam will start to deteriorate after around 6 months, even if you keep them tightly sealed. Once you’ve opened a jar of jam, then you will need to move it into the fridge and consume it all within 3 months ideally.

How To Make Your Jam Last Longer

  • Process your jars and jam in a hot water bath (known as canning) to reduce the risk of bacteria growing.
  • Use an equal amount of sugar to fruit in your recipe. Sugar is a preservative, so the more you use, the longer your jam will last!

It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question, so you will have to use your best judgement and common sense when you’re deciding to eat your homemade jam. If the jam is discoloured, has visible mouldy patches or a strange smell, then it is best to leave it!

The Best Homemade Jam Recipes

The Vegetarian Society has a fantastic, comprehensive list of all the fruit and vegetables that are in season each month, if you’re undecided on which flavours to use in your jam. If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not take a look at 5 of the best, most luxurious homemade jam recipes we’ve found online?

1. Cherry & Cinnamon Jam

This would be a great jam to make now and keep for Christmas, as the cinnamon flavours are very evocative of the festive time of year! This jam would taste incredible if it was spread into a chocolate cake…

Ingredients: cherries, cinnamon sticks, lemon juice, sugar and pectin.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

2. Blackcurrant Jam

Blackcurrants are one of this country’s greatest fruits – so spare a thought for all the poor Americans that have never tasted them before (we didn’t find this out until recently – who knew?)! Blackcurrant jam tastes incredible when spread on a scone alongside clotted cream, or on a big slab of doorstep toast with lashings of butter.

Ingredients: blackcurrants and sugar.

Find the full recipe at Farmersgirl Kitchen.

3. Strawberry, Long Pepper & Lime Jam

Long Pepper (sometimes known as Indian Long Pepper or pippali) has a very similar to black pepper, but is more floral like cinnamon. It gives a good kick to this strawberry  and lime jam recipe! Spread it on your morning toast to wake you up on weekday mornings.

Ingredients: strawberries, jam sugar, salt, limes and long pepper.

Find the full recipe at Great British Chefs.

4. Fig Jam Scented With Earl Grey Tea & Star Anise

This is one to save for your poshest guests. The combination of these luxurious, rich ingredients makes this preserve ideal for serving alongside sandwiches and scones for afternoon tea. You could even give out pots of this jam to your friends and family, as it makes a thoughtful, yet inexpensive birthday or Christmas gift!

Ingredients: earl grey teabags, ripe figs, jam sugar, lemon juice and ground star anise.

Find the full recipe at Delicious Magazine.

5.  Plum & Mulled Wine Jam

This is another jam that will go down a treat at Christmas. This jam tastes lovely when used sparingly on toast or when it’s spread into a stacked sponge cake.

Ingredients: red plums, red wine, mulled wine spices, (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc), orange zest and granulated sugar.

Find the full recipe at The Women’s Institute.

Glass Jam Jars For Home Bakers

Here at Ampulla, we specialise in providing high quality packaging for big businesses and individuals alike. Thanks to our flexible ordering system, you can order as little as one unit of each of our products! Our tired pricing means that regardless of the quantity you have ordered, you will be getting the best possible value for money. If you’re looking for glass jam jars, then you’ve come to the right place.

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Our range of glass jam jars encompasses capacities from 30ml up to 500ml, which all come with the option of adding colourful twist off lids. We’ve got jam jars in all shapes and sizes, that are perfect fro use by both home bakers and big businesses. Check out our full range today.

Liked our guide to jam making? Then we think that you would also like our guide to brewing your own cider!