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Aug 8, 2012

DIY calming jar

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time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : glitter everywhere
would i do it again? : yes - for MOTHERS of toddlers.


as sweet and fun and adorable as K can be...
...he can also completely disintegrate in an instant.

the Terrible Twos.
hello. please, yes, come in if you have to.
i hope there's some delightful time like Thrilling Threes after this stage.

i began a frantic internet search for advice, cures, anything that could help me. there were quite a few posts about calming jars. i was attracted to them because they didn't look too hard to make. 

...and they're SPARKLY.

not only are they "not too hard" to make --
they're insanely EASY.

i made two in glass jars before realizing...DUH. a glass jar is just about the last thing i want to give K when he's throwing a fit.

so, they've become MY calming jars. when i'm frustrated or feeling like an incompetent mother, i just give one of these guys a shake and zone out while watching the glitter swirl and drift slowly...slowly...down.

although, there IS still the danger that *i* will throw the glass jar.

use a plastic jar if making for a child...

[STEP-BY-STEP]
01. squeeze glitter glue into jar
         - i split a 6oz bottle of elmer's glitter glue evenly between two jars

02. pour glitter into jar - it's up to you how sparkly you want your bottle to be!
         - i piled the glitter about an inch up from the bottom of the jar

03. add hot water to near top of jar - you want to leave room to mix the components

04. optional: add a few drops of food coloring 

05. shake to mix

06. be mesmerized
seriously -- who would NOT be calmed by these lazily falling specks of glitter??

someday, i'll get around to covering the lid...

*mari
nope, you're not going crazy.
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6 comments:

  1. How long does it take the glitter to settle? I'm looking for something to last 4-5 minutes... Thanks! :-)

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  2. Ours actually takes about ten minutes! If you want the glitter to settle quicker, I would do less glue and/or more water to make the solution less viscous.

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  3. I have reg. glitter. Can I just add glue to this and will it still work?

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    1. hi anonymous, i don't think it will work quite the same way -- but if you try it, please let me know! :)

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  4. You use glitter glue plus glitter? I'm not familiar with glitter glue. How much glitter (approx.) do you add? It would be fun to find a plastic container that is squishy too.

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    1. hi katheen! you definitely need glitter glue -- you can add plain old glitter if you want it to be sparklier. it's completely up to you how much glitter you want to add. :)

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