DIY Calming Glitter Jars

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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

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!

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!!!

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!!!

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!!!

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!

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

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

#DIY CALMING GLITTER JARS!

Hi what size mason jars do you use?

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

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(:

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. :)

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.

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?

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!