I’ve had lots of sensory bottle ideas floating around in my head for quite some time. Now, I’m not sure if I can stop making them.
These DIY calm down jars (as they are also known) are seriously addictive. Even more so since I made them in my three favorite colors: rainbow, glitter, and glow-in-the-dark.
I’ll give you the step-by-step directions to make your own calm down sensory bottles, listing the materials, tips, and pros/cons.
I had foot surgery at the beginning of June, so it’s been a pretty uneventful summer since. What better way to spend my time than immersing myself in preschool Pinterest projects?
First up: The Glitter Whirl-Swirl Sensory Bottle
The Glitter Sensory Bottle Ingredients:
• Water bottle (I used glass Voss bottles, basically because they are beautiful. You can use plastic, too)
• Steel wool (to remove Voss logo)
• Glitter (is there such thing as too much glitter?)
• Clear Elmer’s glue
• Food coloring
• E6000 (to glue the lid shut: although I might use crazy glue on future projects)
• Warm water
1.) Fill the bottle 3/4 of the way full with warm water
2.) Add clear Elmer’s glue (I used one bottle, but wish I would have used a bit more. The more viscous your solution, the longer the glitter will suspend.)
3. Add glitter. Lots of glitter.
4. Squeeze a few drops of food coloring into the water.
5. Super glue the lid shut
Pros: Very mesmerizing qualities. You can never have too much glitter.
Cons: I found it a bit challenging to get the water:glue ratio just right.
The Rockin’ Rainbow – Water Bead Calming Sensory Bottle
The Sensory Bottle With Water Bead Ingredients:
• Water bottle
• Jelly Beadz (assorted by color)
• Super glue
• Cold water
1.) Sort your beads by color and put them into bowls (I made the mistake of waiting until they grew to marble-sized, slippery orbs before I sorted them. Needless to say, that decision quickly made it to the cons list).
2.) Add water and wait several hours until they are full-size
3.) Use a funnel to drop them into the bottle, layering the colors as you’d like
4.) Add water to fill
5.) Super glue the lid
Pros: This bottle is absolutely beautiful! It is also super fun to plop the beads through the funnel. This would be a fun bottle to make with kids.
Cons: Sorting them by color can be tedious.
Also, I made my layers too big at first and could hardly fit all six colors in the bottle. Instead, I dumped them out and made my layers about an inch big and just repeated the pattern.
All That Glitters is Glow – Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle
• water bottle
• clear glue
• food dye
• glow paint and brush
• glow everything: beads, stars, sticks, etc
To put it vaguely, this bottle was very trial and error.
1.) Splatter glow paint on the outside of the bottle (optional)
2.) Follow steps to make glitter sensory bottle
3.) Add glow items (I ended up adding a few water beads to mine, too)
Author’s note: If I were to remake this bottle I would use clear hair gel instead of water/glue solution, nix the food dye, and then add my glow-in-the-dark items.
Pros: I love that this glows in the dark!
Cons: The water/glue solution was not very thick, and the beads and stars floated to the top immediately.
And there you have it! 3 easy, fun sensory bottles!