Here’s a DIY sensory bottle with hearts falling in LOVE!
A DIY slow-falling heart’s sensory bottle is a great calm down bottle–or a simple gift to say I love you for Valentine’s Day–or any time of year! A heart-filled calm-down jar with slow-moving hearts also makes a lovely discovery bottle for kids and adults of all ages. Children from toddlers to preschoolers and kindergarteners, to teens–and even adults can all benefit from the calming effects of a homemade sensory bottle like this Valentine’s Day sensory bottle full of slow-falling hearts. Simple instructions you can use to turn this DIY sensory bottle into a 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
Sensory bottles provide a safe and easy alternative that makes it easy for toddlers and preschoolers to engage in safe no mess sensory play. And, the gentle falling hearts in this calming sensory bottle makes a wonderful gift for Valentine’s day or just 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 are sure to fall in love, too! Just look at how soothing this DIY sensory bottle is in the video tutorial below.
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Hearts Falling in Love Sensory Bottle Supplies
- Water bottle, mason jar or another bottle from the recycle bin.
- Goo Gone
- Translucent RED and/or PINK Acrylic Hearts
- Clear liquid hand soap
- Super Glue
How to Make a Sensory Bottle with FAlling Hearts
Use the step-by-step instructions below to make Valentine’s Day sensory bottles with slow-falling hearts!
Step 1 – Clean the 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.
- Peel off the sticker and clean off the plastic bottle or glass jar.
- Use Goo Gone to remove sticky residue if any.
Step 2 – Add Water
- Pour a 1/2 cup of tap water into the plastic bottle or jar.
- Cold or room temperature water is best. Do not heat the water–or it will turn your homemade sensory bottle into a murkey mess!
Step 3 – Add Hearts
- Count out 12 – 16 red acrylic hearts and drop them into the bottle.
- We used a total of 16 red acrylic hearts to make the Valentine’s Day sensory bottle in the photos, but pink or a combination of both would also look gorgeous.
Step 4 – Add Clear Liquid Hand Soap to DIY Sensory Bottle
- Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with clear liquid hand soap.
- The idea is to it all the way to the top so there is no air in it–too much air will make bubbles. So, make sure you fill it to overflowing in a sink and allow it to settle before moving on to the next step.
- Different hand soaps have different viscosity levels so you may need a bit more or less water.
- 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 more water.
Step 5 – Put the Lid on the Heart Sensory Bottle
- Place the lid on the bottle and shake it up.
- It might be a bit murky at first until the contents mix and settle. Soap and water make bubbles and bubbles will make it hard to see through, but they will calm down. Just make sure you fill it all the way 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 unless you shake it too hard, then you may have to wait for it 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 make sure you like the way it moves. If you want the hearts to fall faster, add more water. Add more clear liquid hand soap if you want the hearts to fall a little slower.
Once you are happy with your falling heart sensory bottle, glue on the lid, and give it to your children or your lover as a gift or just for fun. Unless you’re keeping it for yourself, of course. 😉
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How to Turn “Hearts Falling in Love” Sensory Bottle into a Valentine’s Day Gift
Slow falling hearts sensory bottles would make great Valentines to give to friends, family, classmates, or co-workers. They also make a simple Valentine’s Day gift for couples. To turn this sensory bottle into a Valentine’s Day gift or gift to say “I love you” any time of the year, try any one of the easy ideas below.
- Place one of THESE stickers on it.
- Use THESE stickers with a permanent marker to write any of the following ideas:
- “I’m Falling for you Valentine”
- “Falling in LOVE with YOU”
- “You make falling in LOVE easy”
- Any other message you can think of!
Make a fingerprint love bug card to complete the gift. Click on the link to see all of the fun card message ideas you can use!
Not giving it away as a gift? Discovery bottles like this one make a great DIY toddler toy for no-mess sensory play. And, they also make an excellent calm-down jar for kids and adults of all ages.
And, they also make a great meditation tool for children. Learn more about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and troubleshooting tips look at Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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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.
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- Valentine’s Day Art Projects
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- Watercolor Surprise Heart Art
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