Calming Glitter Discovery Bottle

Only use Gatorade or G2 bottles for the sensory bottles they are a heavier plastic so they hold up better and keep a unison look so everything looks good. They come in different sizes you can find smaller ones for small hands if you need to.

Make sure to ALWAYS seal your bottles securely! I cannot emphasize this enough. Unless you want your bottle opened and the contents poured out. SEAL IT… with glue. Duct tape can be peeled off by a determined kiddo. Glue is much harder for them to open up.

Calming Glitter Bottle:
Fill your bottle half way with hot water. How hot? I made it as hot as my tap water would go. Next I emptied my glitter glue bottle into the discovery bottle. Then add some CLEAR glue to fill the bottle. Next SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE, and then SHAKE some more. Until it all combines.
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Alternate Method: Fill half of the bottle with water and half with corn syrup. Add glitter, beads, paper clips etc. The corn syrup and water mixture makes the glitter fall slowly for dazzling effects.

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  1. Help! I have tried to make a bottle like this twice now and it is just not working. Basically my glitter glue is staying in blobs. It doesn’t break up like it seems other ones do like yours. I think it may be my glitter glue – Elmer’s. Maybe I haven’t had the water hot enough, though. Do you have any advice?

  2. Yes, sounds like y o urge water is not hot enough. Like I said as hot as my tap would go and mine gets pretty hot. Try mixing your glue with boiling water in a different container until it dissolves. Let it cool and then add it to the bottle. I have never had to do this. But if your glue is not dissolving either it is to old or your water is not getting hot enough. Best of luck. Let me know how it turns out.

  3. I am planning on making this bottle with the water,corn syrup and loose glitter method. Do I want the water to be hot? And do I add the glitter before or after I shake the water and corn syrup?thank you in advance!!

    • debra92691 says:

      the water can be cold or hot whichever you prefer. The glitter can also be added before or after. Although it might be easiest to add glitter first.

  4. Christine says:

    I’ve been trying to make this sensory bottle using the Elmer’s Glitter glue. I had no problem dissolving the glue but the glitter just sits suspended in the bottle. I’m wondering if you have any suggestions on what (if anything) went wrong.

    • debra92691 says:

      Did you use hot water? You need to use hot water and if you use very old glitter glue it does not dissolve as well

  5. Aimee Hatteberg says:

    I made mine with all corn syrup and glitter. It works really well. I did add about 1/8 cup of water as well.

  6. Katherine says:

    Boil water let it cool and shake works better

  7. I made the glitter bottles using hot water, glitter glue, loose glitter and clear glue. They beautiful. But a week later they are foggy. I also used food coloring. What did i do wro.g?

    • debra92691 says:

      If they are foggy perhaps the bottles were not clean enough. I am assuming the fog is actually bacteria built up. So maybe cleaning the bottles with hot soapy water first. Or perhaps it has to do with the food coloring?

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