Purpose: A glitter jar or calming/serenity jar is a tool used to redirect your thoughts and give yourself some time to help control your impulses.
Using the jar: When you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or have the urge to self-harm. Just shake the glitter jar and watch until the glitter is settled. It will calm you and hopefully the emotion you had will pass. This will give you a chance to fight against your urge. It can give you an opportunity to change your mind and choose not to hurt yourself.
How to making a Glitter Jar
- 1 Jar or Bottle
- Clear Glue
- Warm water
- Food Coloring
- Something to stir with (Small wood stick)
Directions: Here are my directions for making the purple glitter jar pictured above. I used a cork jar instead of the traditional mason jar. Also, when this jar is shaken it appears purple but when the glitter calms it turns pink.
Step 1: Add the glitter to the jar. I used 3 types of glitter and confetti. I used a light blue and dark blue Fine Glitter, some coarse dark blue glitter and some silver star confetti. You can use 2 types of glitter if you don’t want to add any of the extra items. Just make sure one glitter is fine and the other is coarse.
Step 2: Add some Clear Glue. You want to about an inch thick of Clear Glue. The jar should be a little less than half way filled by the clear glue and the glitter.
Step 3: Stir. Use the wooden stick to stir the glue and glitter mixture. This will help prevent clumping. Make sure to stir well.
Step 4: Add warm water. Then, add two or three drops of pink food coloring. Stir again until everything is mixed.
Step 5: Add some strong waterproof glue to the cork and cover the bottle. If you used a mason jar then just ensure you close the lid tightly.
All Done. Shake and enjoy.