My precious five year old daughter has a hot temper. We have been trying to find ways to help her calm down and I had seen ideas on pinterest of different calm down bottles. The idea is that they shake up the bottle and then watch the glitter settle down and it is supposed to have a calming effect. A lot of the ingredients were not things I had on hand and frankly I have enough craft stuff on hand that I should be able to assemble just about anything. So I set out to create my own from my stash and here's what I came up with.
I used a tube from SRM Stickers. If you click here you can see their different tubes...I actually used the very first one on the page (not too skinny, not too short, just right!). If you have a local scrapbook store they may also be available there as I got mine at The Scrapbooking Studio.
I used a half bottle of red stickles (glitter glue is supposed to work the same but I didn't have any). I then added water to about 3/4 full. I added about 1/2 a package of Martha Stewart glitter (probably about 1 Tablespoon worth). Now here's what I learned with my experimenting...using the same color glitter glue and glitter makes a much prettier (and less chaotic) tube. Add small amounts....shake it up and see if it is settling as you'd like (I wanted mine to take at least 5 minutes to settle) or if you want more glitter. It's always easy to add more but you don't want to have to start fresh :) I added crazy glue to the top of the tube where the lid was going to go and also to the inside of the rim of the cap to ensure no leaking and that she wouldn't be able to get it off. So far it has worked perfectly. Now for some close ups...
I decorated the top with a trimmed SRM Sticker, bakers twine, and a gem. This works for a five year old but depending on the age you are creating this for you may need to go more simple.
I thought it was important to include stickers on it that said "I Love You" as a reminder to her that even in the heat of the moment she is definitely loved. I added some heart and scallop borders as well. Again these are all from SRM Stickers in their "We've got your border" series which you can find here.
This is what the tube looks like all shook up. Isn't it pretty? So far she likes it and has used it. In face she asked last night if I could make her one to take to school too :)