Help your child manage big feelings with this fun and creative coping tool!

Emotional regulation isnโ€™t something that comes easily to some children (or adults). What can parents do to help their children learn to control their emotions? How about trying a DIY glitter jar?

DIY calming jar craft

How to Make a Glitter Jar

Glitter jars are bottles filled with glitter and water used to help children take a moment to collect themselves during an emotionally turbulent time. Shaking the bottle and watching the glitter fall helps children settle down and become more peaceful and mindful. Calming jars teach children self-control, reflection, and relaxation.

DIY calming jar craft

Glitter Jar DIY Video & Instructions

Join Counselor Hannah and her doggie assistant, Trixie, at Happy Camper Counseling while they teach you how to make this cool and creative coping tool. Watch the video below to learn how to add calming jars to your child’s coping toolbox.

How to make a Glitter Jar

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  1. Gather supplies and materials. Set up your workspace in a well vented area.
  2. Using Funnel add various colors of glitter into the empty plastic bottle.
  3. Add a few drops of Glycerin to prevent glitter from clumping.
  4. Slowly fill bottle with water. Be careful not to overfill.
  5. Apply Rubber Cement around the bottle opening and tightly screw on lid. Wipe away excess glue with a paper towel.
  6. Have child decorate the calming jar with stickers.


Have child shake the bottle and watch the glitter gently fall. As the glitter starts to settle, so do big feelings, like anger and fear. Using a calming jar can help children practice self-control, emotional regulation, and relaxation skills.

Visit www.HelloHappyCamper.com for more creative coping tools.

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