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Calm Down Jar

calm down jar

When Melissa of Green Owl Art featured the calm down jar on Family Sponge last spring, I was in love. Not only do I love mason jars, but I love new ways to get my wild children under control. We do time outs and talk it outs, but they don’t always work. Nothing always works, right? That’s why you gotta get creative. And this calm down jar is another tool to add to the arsenal of peaceful parenting.

calm down jar

I will admit, we made these a few months back and they are rarely used when the kids are having melt downs. Yet they do pull them out and spend some time staring at them on random days. So if anything— they are relaxing, therapeutic for everyone and look so pretty!  Kinda reminds me of lava lamps from Hot Topic back when I was in junior high. If you want awesome instructions on how to make your own calm down jar, read this article by Melissa here.

calm down jar

We made three jars (green for Jackson, pink for Clare and purple for me). We all have our days when we need to just calm down, right? I keep them on display and easily accessible for the kids. I want them to know they can grab these whenever they want.

And if you want to admire the ones I have made, keep on scrolling down. I went to Target and the Dollar Tree to get my glitter. I found that the small glitter seemed to work better and have more intense color. The larger pieces seemed to have the color come off and just turn the water a strange color. You might even add some metallic confetti into the mix to make it more unexpected.

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37 Responses to Calm Down Jar

  1. diana January 11, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    How much water?

    Thank You
    Diana

    • Norma Reed January 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

      Calm Down Jar How much water? The directions are vague.

    • Stephanie January 13, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      It doesn’t say the amount, but judging by the fullness of the jars, I’d say fill the jar up with water. Kind of like a snow globe idea.

    • Krystal January 15, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Calm Down Jar Materials

      Im not sure if you saw these directions, but follow these, and you just fill it to the top with water.

      Small jar- make sure it’s one that will hold liquid tightly
      2 tubes of glitter glue
      Half a tube of glitter
      A few drops of food color
      Water

      This is pretty simple: just add everything to the jar. Use warm water and give it a good shake to get the glue mixed in well. I had Emma help me by adding all the materials and of course the shaking. Bring on the peace!

  2. Joan January 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Yeah, how much water? This assumes you know how to do this.

    • Krystal January 15, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Im not sure if you saw these directions, but follow these, and you just fill it to the top with water.

      Small jar- make sure it’s one that will hold liquid tightly
      2 tubes of glitter glue
      Half a tube of glitter
      A few drops of food color
      Water

      This is pretty simple: just add everything to the jar. Use warm water and give it a good shake to get the glue mixed in well. I had Emma help me by adding all the materials and of course the shaking. Bring on the peace!

  3. Jennifer January 11, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Step by step directions for this would be very helpful. Especially how much water is needed. What does the end result actually look like/do? Does it harden, stay watery, is it gooey? Thank you

    • Charbswims January 16, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Really ladies, this isn’t complicated. Everyone might have jars that are different sizes, that would be why there is no volume listed for the water.

      • Jennifer January 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

        If the directions said to just fill it up I wouldn’t have asked the question.

  4. Jana January 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I think you fill the small jar with water, then add the ingredients. I am guessing the glitter glue makes it thicker so it swirls and stays in suspension for a bit.

    I’m going to make one with my grandson next week and see how it goes…

  5. Jana January 11, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    I think you fill the small jar with water, then add the ingredients. I am guessing the glitter glue makes it thicker so it swirls and stays in suspension for a bit.

    I’m going to make one with my grandson next week and see how it goes…
    Here is what I found…

    Calm Down Jar Materials

    Small jar- make sure it’s one that will hold liquid tightly
    2 tubes of glitter glue
    Half a tube of glitter
    A few drops of food color
    Water

    This is pretty simple: just add everything to the jar. Use warm water and give it a good shake to get the glue mixed in well. I had Emma help me by adding all the materials and of course the shaking. Bring on the peace!

  6. marie January 13, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    Does it have to be glass? When my kids need to calm down, handing them a glass jar seems like a *really* bad idea….!

  7. marie January 13, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    does it have to be glass? When my kids need to calm down the most, handing them a glass jar just seems like a *really* bad idea! …???

    • Brenda January 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Marie, I was thinking the same thing! If they are angry they just might fling it across the room! It is a great idea though. I have an empty plastic bottle that came with pomegranite juice. Am thinking about trying it with that one just to add some interest!

    • Stephanie January 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      that’s what I thought too Marie! Walmart sells snodome that You can put Your own pictures in ~ they’re a soft material ~ but I don’t know if You can put the glitter/glue in them…

      • Holly January 19, 2014 at 10:46 am #

        Another thought, as I had the same thought with the glass because my youngest has been known to throw things, is to use a 20oz. plastic soda bottle. Just peel off the label. If it gets that section where the label won’t peel nice, they can put stickers there, or something to decorate and cover.

  8. Gayle January 13, 2014 at 5:17 am #

    How much water?

  9. Gwen Alexander January 14, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    How about using plastic water bottle

  10. jodi January 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    I think the plastic water bottle would work fine..there are some pretty cool shapes out there these days. but I was thinking the top should be glued on so.. when they are real quite .. you don’t check on them to find a carpet full of sticky glitter water.lol

  11. James January 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    For everyone asking about how much water. It appears to me that these are pint size canning jars. You can always adjust to what you have. If it looks watery, add glitter, if it looks way to thick, get a little bigger container and add a bit more water. So that should answer your questions on that. As far as glass goes I would not recommend it either. I am sure you can find clear plastic containers at places like Walmart Kmart, Shopko, most any department store like that. Regular size peanut butter jars look to be perfect sizes, but they do not seal tight. At least I can never get them to when I try mixing water and corn starch for gravy thickening.

  12. Vicki Scott January 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    So have we decided that plastic will work and that we fill to top with water????

  13. Kate January 16, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    If it’s a canning jar, what are your thoughts about processing the jar in a hot water bath to seal it shut??

  14. Charbswims January 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Really ladies, this isn’t complicated. Everyone might have jars that are different sizes, that would be why there is no volume listed for the water. Bigger jar? More water, glitter and glue…

  15. Margie January 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    This doesn’t work. My child drank a whole jar and it didn’t calm him down one bit!

    • Bob January 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      Wow. Why would you even say that. Some idiot might actually have there kid do that.

    • Charbswims January 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      Ha ha ha Margie awesome. But I bet his poop was extra pretty for a few days after ;)

    • Lisa January 19, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      @Margie: what color did you use? Maybe a different color would have worked?

    • Kathe Hawkins January 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      Maybe you should just shake him vigorously, just to see if it really does work.

  16. Rebecca January 18, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Common Sense….is it really that hard that you feel you have to air your stupidity to the world to see? Really you are mothers, use the common sense God gave a goat. If your child is the one that is so upset they will likely throw or hurl it across the room, then they don’t need a “time out” or “calm down” , they need more serious discipline at that point or to be in a separate room left ALONE. If you even think about or say “I don’t think it would be appropriate to give a glass jar to my 2-3 year old” then you are right and what the heck are you on here even talking about it for? Save the project idea for when they are older, keep your comments to your self and go on abut your day…don’t air your stupid comments for the whole world to see. Use some common sense people, it really is not all that hard.

  17. liz January 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    I came across this website and it never once occurred to myself to give any child a glass jar!!!
    I actually thought they were urine specimen pots!!! Ideal and they don’t leak!!
    As for the stupid questions about volume of water….use common sense!
    Judge it for yourself. It states what you’ve to include…all you have to do is fill it up. Now to me that means just far enough to enable me to get the lid on and closed with out the glittery contents spilling out!! Also means enough liquid to enable to glitter to float around freely and not stick to the sides. So I’d fill it almost to the top!! Like filling a cup of coffee!
    Geez some people!!!

  18. Lisa January 19, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Wow, what a good idea! I tried it from what I remembered (plastic water bottle, glitter–that was too big, by the way–and just the glitter glue) plus I added some of those float-y metal “confetti” decorations. Looks pretty, but will re-try , actually following the instructions this time, lol.

    That said, I feel bad for the impatient and unkind people’s comments…there are days/times that my 2 are so overwhelming to ME that I have a hard time comprehending things that are usually pretty simple for me. Geez! back to you hard-hearted people, and I hope the next time you are in their position (and it WILL happen!) that people are kinder to you.

    Lisa

    • LEONA January 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

      OMG

  19. Darcie January 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    I am going to make these with my granddaughters this weekend. All of the comments have been entertaining. I was also wondering how to make sure the girls didn’t open the jars…I think I will put some crazy glue to secure the lid, of course after we have the perfect glitter jar all finished.

  20. MamaRose January 22, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    To everyone concerned about the directions and “how much water?”:

    As per the standard of ingredients listing, they are listed IN ORDER. You’ll notice that the water is listed LAST. That is its proper place in the order of tasks.

    You put the other ingredients in first and add the water last – various sized jars will hold various amounts of water.

  21. Diana February 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Have made 3 of these this week..everyone loves them including the kids…lol….first one I used a peanut butter jar…..doesn.t work!! So remade them using half pint ball jars….glued the screw bad..awesome idea..thanks!

  22. tammy February 9, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    Ok, I have tried to make these twice. I have even measured out the glitter glue and added A LOT of sparkles and very little water and it’s very runny. The glitter does not even swirl, just falls to the bottom immediately. The only thing I can figure is it must be the glue? I have read that you need very warm or hot water to break up the glue clumps, but mine is already very smooth and thin.
    I purchased a bottle of irridessant washable glitter glue from hobby lobby. It was the only one they had that was not colored so we could add our own colors. Should I find a different type of glitter glue? Again, my glue is already very thin. It would be great for other projects, but definitely does not need any water added to it. HELP ;( My kids really want to have these work.

  23. Brenda M March 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    For those of you who failed to make these work right (like me!) you can get them pre-made here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCalmMom

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