Here’s a DIY sensory bottle with hearts falling in LOVE for your sweetheart!
This DIY slow-falling heart sensory bottle is a great calm-down bottle for kids–or a simple homemade gift to say I love you to someone special for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, a wedding anniversary–or any time of year! It’s filled with beautiful translucent hearts that move slowly to soothe loved ones of all ages. You might also enjoy this list of keepsake crafts and gifts kids can make or this list of DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him or her.
Children from toddlers to preschoolers and kindergarteners, to teens–and even adults can benefit from the calming effects of a homemade sensory bottle like this Valentine’s Day sensory bottle full of slow-falling hearts. We made the heart discovery jar shown in the photographs in 2016, and it still looks as beautiful as the day we made it–isn’t it gorgeous?!
But wait, it gets even better! Simple instructions to turn this DIY heart sensory bottle into a homemade Valentine’s Day gift are included below. Learn more about sensory bottles and their uses in Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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A Sensory Bottle that everyone will fall in love with
A heart-filled calm-down jar with slow-moving and falling hearts is a lovely discovery bottle for kids and adults. Sensory bottles provide a safe and easy way for toddlers and preschoolers to engage in safe, no-mess sensory play. And the gentle falling hearts in this calming sensory bottle are also the perfect gift idea for Valentine’s Day–or to say “I love you” any time of the year. Isn’t it lovely? The hearts are:
“Falling in Love!”
And when you give one to your sweetheart or loved one, they will fall in love, too! Just look at how soothing this DIY sensory bottle is in the DIY sensory bottle video tutorial below. Craft supplies and step-by-step instructions are posted below the video tutorial.
Falling Heart DIY Sensory Bottle Video tutorial
Watch the video below to see this sensory bottle and the hearts inside it slowly moving and falling in real-time (we did not slow down the video) and learn how easy it is to make one just like it.
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Hearts Falling in Love Sensory Bottle Supplies
- Water bottle, mason jar, or another bottle from the recycle bin.
- Goo Gone
- 1/4-3/4 cup of distilled or tap water
- Translucent red or pink acrylic hearts (or use both colors!)
- Clear liquid hand soap or clear glue
- Super Glue
How to Make a Sensory Bottle with Slow-Moving and FAlling Hearts
Use the step-by-step instructions below to make Valentine’s Day sensory bottles with slow-falling hearts!
1. Clean a bottle or jar.
- Grab a mason jar or a bottle out of the recycle bin with a large enough opening for the plastic acrylic hearts to fit through. (Bottles with a small top may not work.)
- Peel the sticker off the plastic bottle or glass jar–if any.
- Use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue if needed.
2. Add water to the jar or bottle.
- Pour a 1/4-3/4 cup of distilled or tap water into the bottle or jar.
- More water will make the hearts inside the discovery jar move faster, while less will help them move slower.
- The temperature and amount of water needed will also depend on which ingredients you use to make this soothing heart calm-down jar (clear hand soap or glue) and the size of the bottle itself.
- Use warm or hot water to mix with clear glue, and cool or room-temperature water to mix clear hand soap. Hot or warm water makes it easier to mix glue with water, but do not heat the water if you add hand soap, or it can turn your homemade sensory bottle into a murky mess! And please don’t use water that is too hot in plastic, or it can melt or warp your bottle.
- We used 1/4 cup of water with clear hand soap in the 500ml bottle shown in the photographs.
3. Drop acrylic hearts into the discovery jar or bottle.
- Count 12 – 16 red and/or pink acrylic hearts and drop them into the bottle.
- We used 16 red acrylic hearts to make the Valentine’s Day sensory bottle shown in the photographs and video tutorial, but pink or a combination of both would also look gorgeous!
4. Add clear liquid hand soap or Glue to DIY sensory bottle.
- Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with clear liquid hand soap or glue.
- The idea is to fill it to the top, so there is no air in it because too much air left in it will allow bubbles to remain inside of it. So, ensure you fill it to overflowing in a sink and allow it to settle before moving on to the next step.
- Please be aware that clear hand soap and glue can have different viscosity levels, meaning you may need more or less water depending on the type of clear hand soap or glue you use.
- When in doubt, wait to see how fast or slow your homemade Valentine’s Day sensory bottle moves before you top it off with more hand soap or water.
- In other words, add more clear liquid hand soap or glue to cause it to move slower or more water to help the hearts move around in the discovery bottle or jar faster.
5. Put the lid on the sensory heart bottle DIY.
- Screw the lid on the bottle and give it a gentle swirl and a shake.
- It might be a bit murky until the contents mix and settle.
- Soap and water make bubbles, and bubbles will make it hard to see through, but they will calm and settle in time. Just make sure you fill the bottle to the top before putting the lid on, as suggested in step 4, and you should be good to go.
- Once it settles, your calm-down jar will stay clear because the soap and water or glue and water should be thoroughly mixed unless you shake it too hard. Otherwise, you may have to wait for the contents to settle again.
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Falling Hearts Sensory Bottle
Play with this slow-falling heart sensory bottle for a day or two to ensure you like how it moves. If you want the hearts to fall faster, add more water. Add more clear liquid hand soap if you would like the hearts to fall slightly slower.
Once you are happy with your falling heart sensory bottle, glue the lid on it, and give it to your children or your lover as a gift or just for fun–unless you’re keeping it for yourself! 😉 Scroll down to learn how to turn this fun DIY project into a homemade Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love!
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How to Turn “Hearts Falling in Love” Sensory Bottle into a Valentine’s Day Gift
This Slow-falling hearts sensory bottle makes a great Valentine’s Day gift to hand out to friends, family, classmates, or co-workers. They also make a simple Valentine’s Day gift for couples and would also make a great wedding anniversary gift. Try any of the easy ideas below to turn this sensory bottle into a Valentine’s Day gift or gift to say “I love you” any time of the year.
- Place one of THESE stickers on the top of the lid.
- Or, use one of THESE stickers and a permanent marker to write any of the following Valentine’s Day message ideas:
- “I’m falling for you, Valentine.”
- “Falling in LOVE with YOU”
- “You make falling in LOVE easy.”
- “My heart is yours, Valentine!”
- “You soothe me with your love, Valentine!”
- Or any other message you can think of–the only limit is the limits of your imagination!
Make a fingerprint love bug card to complete the gift. Click on the link to see even more fun card message ideas!
And if you are not giving your sensory bottle full of hearts away as a gift, discovery bottles like this make a great DIY toddler toy for no-mess sensory play. They also make an excellent calm-down jar and meditation tool for kids and adults of all ages. Click the link to learn more about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and troubleshooting tips–> Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
Falling in LOVE Calming Sensory Bottle
A DIY sensory bottle with slow-falling hearts is a soothing gift for a loved one any time of year. A sensory bottle filled with hearts would also make a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Grandparent’s Day.
You may also like this list of gift ideas for him or her and Valentine’s Day keepsake gifts kids can make. Click on the links to see several more fun Valentine’s Day craft ideas, or have a look at the list below!
Learn more about Rhythms of Play HERE!
More Valentine’s Day Gifts and Ideas:
- Love Bugs Valentine’s Day Craft
- Cute Valentine’s Day Crafts and Gift Ideas
- Valentine’s Day Art Projects
- Hanging Hearts Suncatcher Prism Craft
- Watercolor Surprise Heart Art
- Thumbprint Heart Magnets
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