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Make your own calming glitter jar!
Fun for kids and adults--don't take my word for it--make one!

It's a swirling vortex of glittery paradise!
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Step 1: Supply list

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You'll need a Mason jar...or a bottle...if small children are going
to play with it, a plastic water bottle works great...you'll just need a funnel.

You'll need glitter glue
The glitter glue gives the liquid a different viscosity
and makes the swirls of glitter more dazzling!
(If you don't have glitter glue and can't make it to the dollar store...
you can use clear school glue and then just extra glitter!)

You'll also need some chunky glitter and some fine glitter.

And some food coloring...optional but worth it!

Step 2: Time to fill the jar!

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Put 1 cup of hot water into your jar.

Then put about 2 tablespoons of glitter glue into the jar.
(disregard the super messy desk!)

I used pink glitter glue and blue glitter glue...and some iridescent glitter glue.
whisk the concoction to break up the glitter glue a tad...

Step 3: Add the magic!!!

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Add fine glitter until there is about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch layer on the bottom.
fill the jar with water, leave about 1 inch at the top for shaking room!

Yes, this uses tons of glitter!  But the real thing is, have you ever actually
used up an entire jar of glitter???  Me neither.  Plus it's cheap,
you can find all this stuff at the dollar store.

Step 4: A dash of fairy dust!!!

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Then add some chunkier glitter and I added a few flower sequins too!
Then add just 1 drop of Neon food coloring.
1 drop of pink...or...1 drop of blue...with all the gorgeous glitter, it looks purple!!!

Step 5: Let the fun begin!!!

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Get that lid and put it on tight!!!

Once it's really tight and on...shake shake shake!
Settles after about 2 minutes or so...

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jamye.carr made it!4 days ago

This was very fun to make. Less fun to clean up when it broke during a trial calming session. Just a fair warning. The glue makes it imperative that you clean it up quickly, it is sticky and almost impossible to get off of the hardwood. I just consider myself lucky it didn't happen on carpet.

znelson7102 months ago

if you use cheap eyeshadw you get a more whispy/ smokey effect since the particles are much finer. It takes longer to settle and is more sensitive to the currents in the bottle

Laurpud2 months ago
This is a great Instructable, because you have actual ingredient amounts too use as a jumping off point for our own containers. Thank you SO much for the clarity! ?
CrystalH43 months ago

Cool! I'll try when I have time ^-^

Project DIY3 months ago

If I used a blue jar then used blue glitter and food coloring would it not show up as well? (Blue is my favorite color if you couldn't already tell) Please write back, Thanks. :)

Balyhane made it!10 months ago

I did this with a (small) crystal head vodka bottle and wow it looks cool

kdinis Balyhane3 months ago


Oh wow. Got any of those bottles to hand? ;)
doodlecraft (author)  Balyhane10 months ago
Awesome, it looks perfect for this time of year too! :) Nice work!
Ange C6 months ago

I've just made 3 of these. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong but some of the glitter floats to the top and some to the bottom. I also tried cooking oil. Oops. It all congealed together and wasn't particularly pleasant to look at. However, I then added some gel food colouring (quite a lot of it, the whole tube in fact) and now I can't see the glitter. Hey ho. Practice makes perfect as they say :) x

Ange C6 months ago

I've just made 3 of these. I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong but some of the glitter floats to the top and some to the bottom. I also tried cooking oil. Oops. It all congealed together and wasn't particularly pleasant to look at. However, I then added some gel food colouring (quite a lot of it, the whole tube in fact) and now I can't see the glitter. Hey ho. Practice makes perfect as they say :) x

doodlecraft (author) 10 months ago
Did you do an instructable on it?...you could enter it into the Remix contest!

I literally just joined to comment on this, I didn't think to make an instructable :( But I'll definitely be making more in the future, so maybe next time!

doodlecraft (author)  Balyhane10 months ago
Oh wow! Welcome to Instructables! I've been here for just over a year and have had so much fun. They have phenomenal prizes that keep me busy trying to win! Hope you will join in the fun! :) In the meantime, enjoy your mesmerizing glitter jar!
Nixen_Blue1 year ago
Also, I was looking around and they make Black light responsive and also glow in the dark glitter. I assume if you used clear glue instead of glitter your and lot's of the glitter it would have a really cool effect. I'm gonna get some and experiment with it soon!

If you want it to be black light responsive maybe you could try making it with tonic water. Tonic Water is black light responsive on its own and might work really well in one of these jars.

I actually did try it with the tonic water and the effect came out great! Thanks for the tip (:
Nixen_Blue1 year ago
I loved your directions! This was probably the best recipe I've found for making these and the food coloring was a beautiful result. I love these jars because they really help keep my anxiety down. And if anyone has an anxiety disorder you know how hard it is to calm down sometimes. But these jars work wonders. I use it when I'm sad, angry, and even bored. It occupies your mind and even the shaking can relieve stress and frustration. Love it(:
this will help calm my strees since sometimes i get streesed and this will help it alot and thanks doodlecraft
doodlecraft (author)  supreme creator2 years ago
Oh yes! I am with you on some relaxation time! :) Enjoy and thanks!
your welcome and keep up the great work
hiayushman2 years ago
I'd made one of them by sourcing the idea from another site but your instructable is superb! I never realized food colors could do the trick so well. By the way, instead of glue i've used glycerine which also works well and is safe to use too.
Thanks :-)
doodlecraft (author)  hiayushman2 years ago
Oh awesome, great idea! I debated on whether or not to add the food coloring, in the end I am glad I did! I love the added awesome! :) Thank you!
Since I didn't have any clear glue or glitter glue, I just used regular school glue and glitter and it was awesome!
doodlecraft (author)  chocolatechip2 years ago
Oh Awesome! Glad it still worked...and Thank you! :)
This is AWESOME! My granddaughters love it!
doodlecraft (author)  chinablue3832 years ago
Yay, I am so glad! :) Thank you!
nanosec122 years ago
Voted !!!
doodlecraft (author)  nanosec122 years ago
Thanks! :)
sunshiine2 years ago
His pictures are so adorable! I have to make one of these just for fun!
doodlecraft (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you Sunshiine! :) (he loves being my little model!)
Fun! I always loved watching the snow settle in snow globes :)
doodlecraft (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Me too! And it's amazing how quickly it calms down the younglings! :)
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
such an amazing idea :D
doodlecraft (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thank you! :)
Lovely, Have you tried other things in the water to make it thicker, or oils to give it a different texture?
doodlecraft (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
Haven't tried anything yet, but looking forward to a science lesson for the kids using all sorts of different liquids! :) Thanks for the idea
Wynd2 years ago
I love calming jars :D I make them for myself to help get into a meditation mood ;)

One thing I learned the hard way, do not use normal school glue! I've heard many a people think that the clear glue and school glue are the same :P My first jar is white with glitter in it because I grabbed the wrong glue, lol :P Need to syphon the water out and reuse the glitter ;)
doodlecraft (author)  Wynd2 years ago
I love them too! Good point about the white glue...
drawe212 years ago
Have you tried a more viscous liquid like cooking oil? Would be a bad mess if broken, so not a version for kids...
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