Making a Calm Jar

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Pinterest-Inspired Crafting: A Calm Jar

How to Make a Homemade Calm Jar - Mason Jar Craft on Untrained Housewife

I have found a new site to suck up all my productivity and glaze over my eyes with daydreams of crafts, kitchen remodels, and new wardrobes… I am referring to Pinterest, of course. After a few months of pinning crafts to my boards, my best friend and I decided to test some out. AND we took pictures.

You will need:

  • Mason Jar or baby food jar – cleaned out naturally
  • *We used 32 oz. mason jars, so adjust accordingly for amounts
  • Craft glitter – 3 pouches (roughly 1/2 tbsp each)
  • Glitter Glue – 1.8 fl oz. (we used a full bottle for each mason jar)
  • Hot Water

 To Make a Calm Jar:

Supplies for a DIY Calming Mason Jar Craft

  • Lay all of your supplies out – I realize that may seem silly in a simple project like this but trust me – nothing sucks the fun out of a craft project faster than realizing you forgot a needed item.
  • Glitter for the Mason Jar Calm Jar Craft  If you are making more than one Calm Jar, then separate out the colored glue and glitters you want to use in each jar.
  •  Boil water, microwave water – in our case we used the “hot water” function on my coffee maker – you just need hot water to break down the glitter glue. Add the water to the mason jar.
Glitter inside the mason jar when making the calming jar craft
  • Add desired amount and color of glitter to the mason jar.
  •  Add a small jar of glitter glue to the mason jar.
  •  Stir vigorously. *Now, I think this step is important – once the jar is completed you will use it by shaking it like a snow globe (not a polaroid picture), but while in the creation stage still I recommend using something to stir and break up the glitter glue completely. We used a long metal BBQ skewer, but if you don’t have those (why not?!) I think a fork would work fine. Can you really have too much glitter in a calm jar?
  •  Seal tightly. *This is another important step. As my best friend said, “it’s *glitter* we need that jar sealed like a submarine.” Valid point. We didn’t take the extra measure of pressure-sealing it – just make sure the lid is screwed on really, really tightly.
  •  Shake and Enjoy! The time it takes the glitter to swirl and settle back at the bottom of the jar is supposed to be enough time to calm a toddler’s outburst or calm an adult’s fried nerves (whether or not the two are directly related).

 

Calm jar glitter mason jar craft - perfect for kids

 

Our first Pinterest-Inspired craft was a success. Stay-tuned for more!

See How to Use a Mason Jar in Twenty-Five Amazing Ways!

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    • BPorter says

      Tried making these today and all the glitter is a solid mass at the bottom! No amount of shaking will loosen it. Why do you need glitter glue. Why not just glitter? This was a big waste of time & materials :(

      • says

        I am sorry it did not work out for you – I have made dozens of them in the past year or so and aside from the occasional glitter spill in the kitchen, they’ve all worked out. I just used a simple craft glue from the craft store, were you using something thicker or more like a glaze?

        • marijke says

          Hi,

          I want to use thit in the classroom with little kids. It doens’t work out that well. The glitters are going to the top and on the bottem; For me its important everything is going to the bottem; Can you help me with it want i find it a super idee!!!!!!!!
          (sorry for my english)

          • says

            Another reader had this advice “One helpful hint, if your glitter always floats to the top, put the glitter glue in the bottom and then mix in the glitter before adding the very hot water and whisking. It helps keep it from floating up, I think because it get coated with the glue first.” Try that and let us know if it works!

            • Ola says

              I made mine with dry glitter/glycerin/water instead of glue, and what worked for me is first letting the glitter mix well in the glycerin, then add water, and finally a few drops of dish washing liquid.

  1. Linda Lucero says

    SO… you are saying to give this to a child to calm him/her down while he/she may be angry…mad…throwing a fit? I can see it being thrown to the ground and being glass..not sure i would want to take that chance.. :) Thinking a clear plastic….not as nice for sure…but…

    • says

      I thought the same thing – I haven’t used it to calm a full blown toddler tantrum, but if there are any sibling fights occurring I use it to separate – maybe pull one aside and we sit down and look at the jar and it gives enough pause to change the subject or shift their mood a bit. I don’t let them take it off into another room alone because I don’t have any desire to clean glitter and shards of glass off the floor (or walls;).

    • says

      For sure, and you couldn’t make them help you clean this mess up either! I think I might try the peanut butter jar. I like the idea of the baby food jars too – still breakable – but easier for little hands to manage (and maybe stay on the carpet and not on the tile while handling:).

      • Summer says

        My son had one in a water bottle from day care (school) that we kept for years. Until he decided to see what a thumb tack would do to it. It wasn’t a calming jar per say, but it worked. We wobn’t be out of PB for awhile, so I might try it with the water bottle again.

  2. Debbie says

    I used a plastic jar of karo syrup and added about 6-8 marbles. Hot glue the top on then wrap the lid with colorful duct tape. It is relaxing watching the marbles float to the bottom. I use this in my 4 year old preschool class. Cool to look at it with a flashlight against the bottom too.

  3. Rachelle says

    In the glitter jar I made with my daughters, all the glitter I added just clumped up and floated on the top. Any suggestions? Where did you get your glitter? My dollar store stuff just didn’t seem to do the trick.

    • says

      Was the water near boiling when you added it? And did you whisk it all up. I would think if it clumped then maybe it was the glitter glue that was the issue? I bought mine at the craft store. I wonder if yours was just a bad batch? I would definitely try it again – it is worth it:) Let me know how it goes!

  4. Amber says

    I just made one and I actually love it, I’m going to keep it in my bedroom. Thank you for sharing this :)

  5. Angie says

    I am 15 and I saw this and thought it would be a great way to help calm me down when my little brothers start to drive me crazy. I love how pretty it is and maybe it might brighten up my day :) Thank you for sharing, they are very nice.

      • Shirley Whitney says

        Your calm jar looks great. I experimented with this project to get different results. I added some gylcerin to make the particles flow more freely. I used small fruit juice containers They are the perfect size for little hands and no worry about breakage. I super glued the tops so there is no spillage. I used boiling water and a whisk to mix the glue and water.
        I am making a bunch for my teacher friends and plan to use this with my kindergarteners. I’m sure the little ones will be shaking the jar additional times just to watch the beautiful floating particles.
        I have some elderly neighbors who love using the jar when one frustrates the other.
        It’s just a great conversation piece, too.
        Hope my suggestions are useful to you all.
        Happy shaking!!

  6. Kass says

    I made one last night using a plastic wine bottle, the small cooking size ones. I used one cup of water. Since it was plastic I did not want to add the boiling water to the bottle itself until cool. So I heated the water on the stove in a stainless steel pot (non-porous) and a wood spoon (that I did not care about. I added a small tube of glitter glue and stored constantly until all the clumps went away. The glue broke down into little clumps and I just kept storing until all were melted. It took several minutes. I didn’t add any extra glitter, but I did add a second tube of glitter glue thinking it needed more glitter. There is plenty now. I poured the cooled down mixture into the jar with a funnel. It didn’t fill the jar completely, which was good because it allowed me to add small amounts of water to the pan to swish around any extra glitter that was still in there and get it all into the bottle. I plan on gluing the lid on per antsy, but right now my 22 month old son cannot unscrew lids. He loves it and walks around with it. I use it for diaper changes because he fights me with those. Seems to have helped so far.

      • Hidders says

        Ah, okay.

        I have this squeeze ball with a powder in it, when you squeeze it the powder swirls around and creates this milky-way, metallic effect, and after a while the powder separates from the liquid and goes back to settling on the bottom. I wish I knew what the powder was since it would probably be a great addition to this jar as well.
        Here’s a pic of it both before and after squeezing it: http://i.imgur.com/pEay1.jpg

  7. Janet says

    I love the Calming Jar idea!!! I’m thinking a good strong waterproof glue to seal the lid on the jar? Kids are notorious for figuring out how to open things. If a child got this open, lordy, lordy, what a mess.

  8. Byrd House says

    Okay, we have a two litter bottle with water, glitter, and a few beads in it. We use it as a time out tool. I gives him something to focus on and calm down but it only last 30 seconds to a minuet. How long do these last????

    He is never really ready to talk with what we have right now.

      • Byrd House says

        “How long do the bottles last? Mine still work great after months. Or how long do the tantrums and time outs last? How old is your son?” Natalie

        He is 5 and we are hoping for a 5 minuet time that he can watch. One that is not a clock. He gets bored and refuses to do the time out unless he can see either the clock or the bottle.

        We have had him peal paint off the wall, tare up the cousin on the timeout chair, and he has even hide a knife into his room and cut up the mattress just to keep his hands busy.

        FYI he is the middle of five and we think he might be adhd not sure yet.

        • says

          My 5 year old has a temper for sure and every child is different, so I can’t speak on how to handle your child :) but I have noticed that now that she is almost 6, the tantrums have eased and the temper – she responds much better to me when I don’t lose my cool (easier said than done). I always ask my pediatrician for advice – she often has great new approaches to try. And my kids think the jars are more than just for “calming” as well:) Good luck!

        • says

          Boys are so active. I know mine are. When my boys are especially crazy I don’t sit them in a quiet time out, I send them out for physical activity. I tell them “Go do twenty jumping jacks in the driveway and then run back in the house” or “Run around all the trees in the front yard ten times as fast as you can”. When my husband is home he keeps them busy with outdoor chores and that makes a big difference in attitudes and behaviors when they come in the house for school that afternoon.

          • says

            I agree with this – sometimes making them “sit still” in time out doesn’t work at all. I will take them (or the offender;) outside or in a different room, change the activity – what have you – and then when they are calm, we discuss the behavior.

      • Byrd House says

        sorry we have had the bottle about a week other then the bottem getting beat up and it not standing just right any more I have had my 2 year old drop it down the stairs and not break open yet. all the kids think it is a toy. lol

        • says

          I made mine into a toy on purpose. I used the confetti glitter that had different shapes and characters cut out so the kids could use it like an iSpy toy. As long as they aren’t fighting with eachother I’m happy! :-D

  9. Jenn says

    What kind of glitter did you use? I have tried 3 different kinds of glitter and it all seems to float to the top instead of sinking.

    • says

      I used a combo of glitter glue and just basic craft glitter from the craft store. The trick is the hot water to break it down when you first add it and mix vigorously. What kind of glitter did you use?

  10. Beccy says

    Me and my mum are making one together this afternoon :D
    I found the link to this on Tumblr and we think it’d be great to help me calm down instead of self harming. Thank you for posting the instructions as we weren’t sure how to make one :)

    • says

      I am so happy to hear this! Quite a few people in my eating disorder support group have asked for the tutorial (or me just to make them one) for the same reasons. I hope it helps!

  11. Molly says

    I used blue, silver, green and multi colored glitter glue and then blue and silver regular glitter the water is blue and I’m curious as if the water will clear out??:/

    • says

      Well, it won’t ever be completely clear and the water will take on a kind of opaque color of whichever color glitter glue you decide to use. Hope this helps! Let me know how it works out.

  12. lamamamma says

    I cannot wait to make one of these…I babysit a little girl that is autistic and I think this would be a great helpful way to calm her down when she has an outburst…and I will most likely end up making one for myself too haha. Thank you so much for this project!

  13. Lisa Eaton says

    I’m looking forward to making a couple of these for my 9 year old Aspie Daughter. And quite possibly one of her frazzled Mummy… I’m thinking plastic jars & super glue for the lid. Thanks for the detailed instructions :)

  14. Jean says

    I just made two of these and I used Gatorade bottles. The plastic seemed more durable than a plain water bottle. I made one in pink and one in blue. Thank you for the wonderful idea. I really hope this calms my 2 1/2 year old as she throws quite the temper tantrum and needs redirection, I’m hoping this does the trick!

  15. Krysta says

    One helpful hint, if your glitter always floats to the top, put the glitter glue in the bottom and then mix in the glitter before adding the very hot water and whisking. It helps keep it from floating up, I think because it get coated with the glue first. :) I made them as teacher gifts… and several for my self. I shake mine up and put them in a line, and it helps settle me when I am having a panic attack.

  16. Laryssa says

    You could use the peanut butter jars, hot glue a cute little toy onto the inside of the lid, then proceed with making the glitter jar. Instant snow globe! =) I would think you would not need to add food coloring and perhaps use a clear glitter glue (you could add extra glitter in whatever color you wanted) to make sure you could see the toy glued to the inside of the lid. My daughter loves snow globes…that’s what made me think of it. Hmmm…fast food kid’s meal toys could come in handy. lol

  17. Danielle says

    How long does the “time out” last??? Like how long does it take for the glitter to settle??? In say, a big Gatorade bottle… Thank you

  18. Amylee says

    I tried this and it is awesome *o* i didn’t think it would work so well, but it does. Thanks for the idea. I also isolated the glass with invisible nail polish which works suprisingly good for me :) I have to show it to my nephew and my neice really soon, they will be so fascinated

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