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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!

Did NOT WORK ??????
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! :)
Is it ok if i use UHU company glue for this? It's clear.. Or can i use Hot Glue?
<p>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.</p>
<p>I think putting too much glue in is what makes some of the glitter stay on top..</p>
<p>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...</p>
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
<p>Add a 3-4 drops of dish soap, and shake it up again. It should help the glitter stay down.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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</p>
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! ?
<p>Cool! I'll try when I have time ^-^</p>
<p>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. :)</p>
<p>I did this with a (small) crystal head vodka bottle and wow it looks cool</p>
<p>awsome</p>
Oh wow. Got any of those bottles to hand? ;)
Awesome, it looks perfect for this time of year too! :) Nice work!
<p>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</p>
<p>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</p>
Did you do an instructable on it?...you could enter it into the Remix contest! <br>
<p>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!</p>
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!
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!
<p>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. </p>
I actually did try it with the tonic water and the effect came out great! Thanks for the tip (:
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 <br>
Oh yes! I am with you on some relaxation time! :) Enjoy and thanks!
your welcome and keep up the great work
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. <br>Thanks :-)
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!
Oh Awesome! Glad it still worked...and Thank you! :)
This is AWESOME! My granddaughters love it!
Yay, I am so glad! :) Thank you!
Voted !!!
Thanks! :)
His pictures are so adorable! I have to make one of these just for fun! <br>sunshiine
Thank you Sunshiine! :) (he loves being my little model!)
Fun! I always loved watching the snow settle in snow globes :)
Me too! And it's amazing how quickly it calms down the younglings! :)
such an amazing idea :D <br>
Thank you! :)
Lovely, Have you tried other things in the water to make it thicker, or oils to give it a different texture?
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
I love calming jars :D I make them for myself to help get into a meditation mood ;) <br> <br>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 ;)
I love them too! Good point about the white glue...
Have you tried a more viscous liquid like cooking oil? Would be a bad mess if broken, so not a version for kids...
I haven't tried anything else but glitter glue. It would be a mess if broken anyway, so might as well add some dish soap, cooking oil and corn syrup! I forsee a fun science lesson for the summertime! :)
OMG GOTTA HAVE ONE

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