I wish I'd thought of this in time for my nephew's birthday, I think he would have loved it. As it is, I'm going to have to hope a birthday invitation comes soon!
So, you want to throw together a DIY Rock Candy Kit? It's pretty easy!
I got the skewers and beads at Walmart. (I have to say I LOVE these wooden beads! I think I need to buy some more and do some kind of cool jewelry...) The Skewers fit really snugly in the beads, so the glue is mostly just formality.
You could tie them together with twine, too. I just liked the bags, since it seemed the easiest way to keep all the elements separate... (I mean, you can't really tie the tiny food coloring tubes with twine, right?)
Next, just grab some clothespins - I kept mine plain, but you could paint yours or fancy them up with matching washi tape or something.
And then I just looped it around the handle of the bucket and pulled tight. Ta-da!
Now, just pack everything in nicely. (Another cool idea would be to buy a jar or bucket large enough to fit EVERYTHING inside of it, including an entire bag of sugar. Like a giant glass cookie jar or something. Then it's all totally contained with a lid and everything.)
Here are the instructions for the rock candy, all in a nice little printable so you don't have to make one yourself. The first matches the kit I made and the second is gray and black, since I have no idea what color kit YOU'LL be making. You can click and print right from the internet OR, if you need to resize them, save them to your computer with a right click. Might I also suggest covering them with contact paper or laminating them? Then they won't get gross and sticky with all the sugar water around.
I would like to point out that YES, I have used this "recipe"? "technique"? before and it worked! This was for mini's birthday party last year:
Perfect for the budding scientist (you could even include a little scientific explanation on the back of the How To page) OR the little sweet tooth (I mean, what kid DOESN'T love sugar water?)
Plus, since this is for someone else's child, you won't have to deal with the rush OR the crash. Phew!