Introduction: DIY Calming Glitter Jars

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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!

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'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...

Step 6: Mesmerizing Fun!

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So fun to watch the glitter tornado vortex of swirly fun!
Some people use this for time out...not me.

I use it as a reward if they clean their room or do
something nice for someone else, they can sit and use it. 
I am all about positive reinforcement!
Perfect sensory experience for little minds!

Who am I kidding?  I LOVE this too!
Please vote for me in the PURPLE contest!  :)  I'll be your best friend!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more great kid-friendly activities!


3127474 (author)2017-04-19

I did this for a school project it was SOO MUCH FUN!!! You should totally do this! HAVE FUN!!


MaryM376 (author)2017-02-25

Hi what size mason jars do you use?

Elaina121212066 (author)MaryM3762017-03-31

hi I'm new here and looking at these things for my class I'm trying to make a calming basket but anyway I am replying so here it is I don't think it matters what size you do

Nixen_Blue (author)2014-01-02

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(:

TonieC2 (author)Nixen_Blue2017-02-18

I made one years ago my daughter. Instead of getting in trouble for her moodiness, giving her time outs, and counting to 3 id tell her or she would choose to get the mood jar with a toy figure in it. She'd start laughing immediately. Its worth it. Gonna make a couple for birthdays and one little girl who has anxiety before school and possibly an eating issue.

My main reason for looking this up was because I thought it'd help settle me after watching a loop of a tutorial on Facebook for 20 minutes straight. :)

Balyhane made it! (author)2014-09-22

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

tehferalhamster (author)Balyhane2016-12-05

I know what my best friend is getting for her birthday!!

kdinis (author)Balyhane2015-04-17


craftraptor (author)Balyhane2014-10-15

Oh wow. Got any of those bottles to hand? ;)

doodlecraft (author)Balyhane2014-09-22

Awesome, it looks perfect for this time of year too! :) Nice work!

Project DIY (author)2015-04-20

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. :)

The colour of the glitter won't show very well through the glass, no.

I've seen some amazing blue ones made with clear glass jars. You could try using different shades of blue to add some depth.

Nature_Girl2764 made it! (author)2015-10-13

Is it ok if i use UHU company glue for this? It's clear.. Or can i use Hot Glue?

The cheap clear glue commonly used for kid's crafts (usually called clear school glue where I'm from) is best. I think Elmer's makes it in the U.S.

Hot glue works because it melts at a HOT temperature, and solidifies at room temperature and colder. if you put hot glue in a jar of water, the water will return to room temperature and the glue will harden. unless the glue dissolves in water, no. you may not use hot glue for this.

Erica Maggie (author)2016-11-10

I'm thinking about the holidays and how this would be a great snow globe type of thing. If you put figurines inside would you be able to see them once the glue settles to the bottom?

Terri Washburn (author)2016-10-04

EXACTLY what brand of glue do I need to buy for this project? I have bought two bottles of "glitter glue" and they are both milky white when I put them into the bottle of hot water. Neither glue cleared up! Very frustrating!

WoodyW15 (author)Terri Washburn2016-11-06

How about buying clear glue?

SimoneB50 made it! (author)2016-09-03

I made it using most of the things they used. I only used warm water glitter glue eye shadow for color and regular glitter.

Hey_izmaddi (author)2016-07-20

Did NOT WORK ??????

AndaM (author)2016-05-28

I tried using the UHU glue but it all clumped together in a big ball of glitter dried glue ... maybe the water wasn't hot enough? Or I didn't stir soon enough? (I added the glue, then the glitter, then I stirred... ). Help! :)

JaimieK (author)2016-02-21

I think putting too much glue in is what makes some of the glitter stay on top..

erinjoyous made it! (author)2015-10-03

Help. What am I doing wrong? This is my jar after at least 30 minutes of sitting. Some of the glitter is just suspended in the liquid, and there's a ring of glitter that sits at the top. If you gently swirl it, the stuff on top comes down, but then goes back up again...

If it's not working then I will help answer ur prayers/questions ur not doing it wrong it's just that the instructions are wrong go on YouTube and look up how to make a glitter jar and then after u do that watch I think it's the 3rd video on YouTube and write down the instructions and the stuff u will need and then there u have it if u make sure u do every step in the correct order then ur glitter jar will turn out right!!! Here's a little tip don't go on google to see how to do stuff especially like the glitter jars!! Please write me back and tell me if I helped u at all!! FROM: Gianna Fakner

csteffenson (author)erinjoyous2015-11-17

Add a 3-4 drops of dish soap, and shake it up again. It should help the glitter stay down.

jamye.carr made it! (author)2015-07-27

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.

znelson710 (author)2015-05-11

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

Laurpud (author)2015-05-03

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! ?

CrystalH4 (author)2015-04-30

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

Ange C (author)2015-01-09

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 C (author)2015-01-09

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)2014-09-22

Did you do an instructable on it? could enter it into the Remix contest!

Balyhane (author)doodlecraft2014-09-22

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)Balyhane2014-09-22

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_Blue (author)2014-01-02

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!

tolson11 (author)Nixen_Blue2014-05-01

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.

Nixen_Blue (author)tolson112014-07-18

I actually did try it with the tonic water and the effect came out great! Thanks for the tip (:

supreme creator (author)2013-04-08

this will help calm my strees since sometimes i get streesed and this will help it alot and thanks doodlecraft

Oh yes! I am with you on some relaxation time! :) Enjoy and thanks!

your welcome and keep up the great work

hiayushman (author)2013-04-10

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)hiayushman2013-05-06

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!

chocolatechip (author)2013-04-08

Since I didn't have any clear glue or glitter glue, I just used regular school glue and glitter and it was awesome!

Oh Awesome! Glad it still worked...and Thank you! :)

chinablue383 (author)2013-04-08

This is AWESOME! My granddaughters love it!

doodlecraft (author)chinablue3832013-05-06

Yay, I am so glad! :) Thank you!

nanosec12 (author)2013-04-08

Voted !!!

doodlecraft (author)nanosec122013-05-06

Thanks! :)

sunshiine (author)2013-04-07

His pictures are so adorable! I have to make one of these just for fun!

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