Give this gorgeous glitter sensory bottle a shake to see it swirl, sparkle, and SHINE just like a mermaid tail! Calm down discovery jars and glitter glue sensory bottles like this mermaid tail can be used for portable no mess safe sensory play, calming an overwhelmed or anxious child, and helping children learn to self-regulate. They are just as effective for adults.
Make a glitter sensory bottle that shines like a mermaid tail! A mermaid tail sensory bottle is a DIY toy for kids that also makes a great party favor for an “under the sea” or “mermaid” birthday party.
This glitter sensory bottle is one of our family’s all-time favorites. My daughter loves to use sensory bottles with glitter glue to practice meditation, while I like to play with them to ease writers’ block.
For more information about sensory bottles and their uses, hop over to have a look at Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
How to Make a Glitter Sensory Bottle that Shines Like a Mermaid Tail
First, gather the mermaid tail glitter sensory bottle craft supplies listed below. Next, follow the easy step by step directions to make your own gorgeous glittering mermaid tail.
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Mermaid Tail Glitter Sensory Bottle Recipe Craft Supplies
- Water bottle or mason jar
- Goo Gone
- Blue glitter glue or clear glue
- Big hexagon glitter in ice blue and green
- Fine and flake glitter (Can also use flake glitter from THIS SET and fine glitter from THIS SET or THIS SET)
- Liquid watercolors
- 1-quart measuring cup
- Super glue
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Mermaid Tail Glitter Glue Sensory Bottle Recipe with Step by Step Directions
Follow the step by step directions to learn how to make sensory bottles with glitter glue, glitter, and hot water that look like a shimmering mermaid tail.
Step 1 – Grab a mason jar or a bottle from the recycle bin and remove the label
- If needed, take the label off and use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue.
Step 2 – Add hot water
- Pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling hot water into a 1-quart measuring cup.
We like to mix glitter glue sensory bottles in a 1-quart measuring cup because we use boing water. Boiling water is the best for making sensory bottles with glitter glue because it helps the glue, water, and glitter mix really well.
Warm tap water just doesn’t help glitter glue sensory bottles mix as well. The glue and glitter can get a bit clumped up and stuck together. Glitter glue sensory bottles just don’t move or flow as nicely with clumps of glue and glitter in them.
If you would like to mix your mermaid tail sensory bottle recipe in the calm down jar, don’t use boing water unless you are mixing it up in a tempered glass mason jar. Recycled water bottle plastic can warp, melt and shrink when you pour boiling water inside of it.
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Step 3 – Mix in glitter glue or clear glue
- Squeeze 1/3 bottle (2 oz) of blue glitter glue or 2 oz of clear glue into the hot water and mix well with a whisk.
- Add pinches and shakes of hexagon glitter, flake glitter, and fine glitter in color combination of choice.
- Mix well with a wire whisk while the water is still boiling hot.
The hexagons and flakes help give the glitter sensory bottle the appearance of mermaid tail scales, while the fine glitter fills out the calm down jar to make it look more like the tail of a mermaid.
We used an assortment of blues, greens, and purples for the sensory bottles with glitter glue pictured. Get creative and have fun making sensory water bottles with glitter to create gorgeous glittering mermaid tails with or for your children.
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Step 4 – Pour glitter glue sensory bottle mixture into the calm down jar
- Give it a final stir and quickly pour the mermaid tail sensory bottle mixture into a recycled bottle or mason jar.
You may need to use your fingers to get some of the glitters into your bottle, but don’t worry about every last flake.
Step 5 – Add a tiny drop of liquid watercolors
- Add a drop or two of liquid watercolors (not too much, a tiny drop goes a LONG way) to give your glitter sensory bottle a primary color. We used aqua-blue.
Step 6 – Give glitter glue sensory bottle a shake
- Place the lid on the mermaid tail bottle and give it a shake.
- Need more glitter or liquid watercolor? Add it in before topping it off with water.
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Glittering Mermaid Tail Sensory Bottle Tips
Play with your mermaid tail glitter sensory bottle for a day or two to make sure you are happy with it before gluing it shut.
Need more glitter? Add more!
For troubleshooting tips and to learn absolutely everything else there is to know about calming jars check out Sensory bottles 101.
Mermaid Tail Glitter Glue Sensory Bottle DIY
Both children and adults will love this gorgeous mermaid tail glitter sensory bottle recipe. Weighted mermaid pillows also make great calming tools for children.
Calm down bottles like this gorgeous mermaid tail are most often used for portable no mess “safe” sensory play, to help calm an overwhelmed child, as a “time out” timer, or as a meditation technique for children.
For more information about sensory bottles and their uses check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Reading books that help children understand their feelings and playing social-emotional games are more great ways to help children learn to self-regulate.
You may also like this fun collection of under the sea ocean art projects for kids. There is even a mermaid template your children can use to paint their own mermaid.
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