November 28, 2020

Craftin’ with Catton – Do-it-yourself Aquarium Jar

By on October 15, 2020 0 29 Views

One obsession in our house is sea animals. My stepdaughter absolutely loves them! Instead of our usual sensory bins or slimes, I thought it would be fun for her to add a little something to her room. The DIY Aquarium Jar is cute to stick up on a shelf for decoration and you don’t need to worry about it again after that.

If you have a younger child who would enjoy playing with it, let them change out the animals every once and awhile.



  • Glass jar (cleaned out)
  • Water
  • Blue food colouring
  • Sea animals
  • Aquarium plants
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Pebbles



Start by adding a handful of pebbles and blue aquarium gravel to the jar. Take your aquarium pants and push them into the gravel.


Add another handful of aquarium gravel to cover up the black bottoms of the plants. Fill your jar with water.


Add 1-3 drops of blue food colouring to the jar and lightly stir with a toothpick or popsicle stick. The more colour you add, the darker the water will be.  I recommend no more than 3 drops!


Once you’re happy with the colour of the water, add in your sea creatures!


Local DIY Blogger Ashley Catton is regularly testing out child-friendly science experiments, crafting ideas and activities with her eight-year-old step-daughter, Nova, and one-year-old son, Coleson. Since 2016, she has called Fort McMurray home with her fiancé Curtis. Check out her crafty DIY garden kit packages on her Instagram feed and follow her Facebook page at ‘Adventures of a Stepmom.

About the author

Ashley Catton is a Fort McMurray DIY blogger who shares her crafting advice to the community through a variety of family fun activities. After living in Calgary for many years, she made the move up north to live with her boyfriend and step-daughter. In every issue of YMM Parent, you will find Craftin’ with Catton, which is a spin-off from her blog – Adventures of a Stepmom. She hosts DIY events in Fort McMurray on a regular basis, so be sure to check out her social media platforms for announcements and event dates.