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Sensory bottles are all over Pinterest now, with hundreds of recipes it can get confusing to find the right one to follow.
I have tested many of the, have hosted live Instagram and live workshops, and I can’t wait to show you!
To make a glitter sensory bottle you need, clear glue, water, glitter, and a plastic clear bottle.
Today I will give you all the info you need to make your own glitter sensory bottle. Even better, I will show you how to make a perfect one every time!
Sensory bottles are great for Tummy time exercises and are super easy to make! But they are also awesome for toddlers as they learn to manage their emotions. They are also called calming bottles.
These magical bottles have so many uses, allow your creativity to flourish and once you start making Them, you won’t want to stop. (This is just part of my collection… the other half is in my office shelf)
My collection has:
- Fall leaves sensory bottle
- Rainstick sensory bottle
- Christmas tree sensory bottle
- Ocean in a bottle sensory bottle (tutorial coming soon)
- hot and cold sensory bottle experiment
- Spooky Spider sensory bottle
- Itsy bitsy Spider Sensory bottle
- glow in the dark skeleton sensory bottle
- and more…
To make your first sensory bottle you will need a plastic bottle, something to slow down it things fall such as clear glue, and a visual element such as glitter, confetti or beads.
How to make a glitter sensory bottle
The glitter sensory bottle is the easiest one to make and that’s why I will show you how to do that first.
The turkey bottle below just has some extra elements glued to the bottle to give it a theme. This is optional and definitely not required. But as you can see, the possibilities are endless!
- A sensory bottle (People like to use VOSS bottle because of his flat top).
- food coloring
- clear glue
- super glue
How to assemble a glitter bottle
If you purchased the VOSS bottle, dump (or drink) a little bit of the water.
Add one drop of food coloring. Be gentle with the drops because if you add too many the water will become too dark and then you won’t see the glitter and confetti later on.
Add about 1 Tablespoon of glitter to the bottle. I often try to match the color of the glitter to the food coloring I am using.
As an option, add a small amount confetti. The confetti is usually heavier than the glitter so this will fall faster than the glitter when you shake the bottle. If you add too many of the confetti I have noticed that they tend up sticking to each other and don’t look as nice. So less is better.
Close the bottle and shake it. Do you like the ration between confetti and glitter? If so then you are ready for the next step. If not, add more of what you need until you are happy.
Add clear glue: I fill up the remainder of the bottle with clear glue. Leave some room for air. If you don’t have clear glue you can add clear soap. But clear soap is not as thick so you might need to adjust the quantities to get the slow down effect you want.
Notice how fast the glitter and confetti fall down. If you like it you can leave the bottle like that. If you want to have a more calming effect and get the glitter to fall slower then we need to add something to help the water be thicker.
To slow down the drop of the glitter add hand soap or clear glue to the bottle. Or even a little bit of both.
Tips & Tricks For Sensory Bottles
The clear glue is thicker than soap so it will make the water less clear and slow the glitter more. But you can fix it by adding some food coloring.
The dish soap is thinner and will slow down the glitter but not as much as the glue.
Why my quantities might not work the same as for you
All bottles are unique. Some glitters are thicker and heavier and some are lighter. After making a lot of sensory bottles and hosting a Mommy & Me event to teach moms how to make this, I learned that everyone has its own preference on how fast or slow they like the glitter to fall.
Start with a little bit of glue and water and add more as you need until you get the exact effect you want.
Have fun making your own sensory bottle for your infant and toddler (or yourself! my office shelf is full of them and I love to pass by and shake them)
SAVE THIS GLITTER SENSORY BOTTLE RECIPE
Glitter Sensory Bottle Recipe
February 2, 2024
Cuisine Sensory Bottle
Category Age 1+ Baby Sensory Bottles Spring
- A clear bottle (VOSS Bottles have a flat cap)
- Food coloring
- Clear glue
- Super glue
- If you purchased the VASS bottle, dump (or drink) a little bit of the water.
- Add one drop of food coloring. Be gentle with the drops because if you add too many the water will become too dark and then you won’t see the glitter and confetti later on.
- Add about 1 Tablespoon of glitter to the bottle. I often try to match the color of the glitter to the food coloring I am using.
- Close the bottle and shake it.
- Add clear glue: I fill up the remainder of the bottle with clear glue. Leave some room for air. The more glue the bottle has the slower the glitter will fall down.
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As an expert and enthusiast, I have personal experiences or expertise, but I can provide information on the concepts used in this article. Let's break down the concepts related to sensory bottles and how to make a glitter sensory bottle:
Sensory bottles are containers filled with various materials that provide visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation. They are often used as sensory tools for children, especially infants and toddlers, to explore and engage their senses. Sensory bottles can be made with different themes and materials to create different sensory experiences.
Glitter Sensory Bottle
A glitter sensory bottle is a type of sensory bottle that incorporates glitter as a visual element. It is a simple and popular choice for sensory play. Glitter sensory bottles can help calm and engage children, providing them with a visually stimulating experience as they watch the glitter fall and swirl in the bottle.
To make a glitter sensory bottle, you will need the following materials:
- A plastic bottle: Many people prefer using VOSS bottles due to their flat top.
- Glitter: Choose a color that appeals to you or matches the theme you want to create.
- Food coloring: Optional, but adding a drop of food coloring can enhance the visual effect.
- Clear glue: Used to slow down the movement of glitter and confetti.
- Super glue: Used to seal the bottle.
Instructions for Making a Glitter Sensory Bottle
Here are the steps to make a glitter sensory bottle:
- Empty a small amount of water from the plastic bottle (or drink it).
- Add one drop of food coloring to the bottle. Be careful not to add too many drops, as it can make the water too dark and affect the visibility of the glitter and confetti.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of glitter to the bottle. You can try matching the color of the glitter with the food coloring for a coordinated effect.
- Optional: Add a small amount of confetti, which will fall faster than the glitter when the bottle is shaken.
- Close the bottle tightly and shake it to see if you like the ratio between the confetti and glitter. Adjust as needed.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with clear glue, leaving some room for air. The more glue you add, the slower the glitter will fall.
- Seal the bottle with super glue to prevent any leaks.
Tips & Tricks for Sensory Bottles
- Clear glue is thicker than soap, so it will make the water less clear and slow down the movement of the glitter more. You can add food coloring to clear glue to counteract the cloudiness.
- Dish soap is thinner than clear glue, so it will slow down the movement of the glitter but not as much as glue. Adjust the quantities of glue and soap to achieve the desired effect.
- Every bottle is unique, and the speed at which the glitter falls can vary depending on the materials used. Experiment with different quantities of glue and water to achieve the desired result.
Remember, sensory bottles are not only enjoyable for children but can also be used as a tool for sensory play and emotional regulation. Feel free to explore different themes and materials to create your own personalized sensory bottles.