If you haven't already seen this via sites like Tumblr, Glitter Jars (also known as Calm Jars) are a great craft idea for anyone looking for a soothing activity.
When you shake the jar, it's basically just very pretty. It's an easy form of form of Distraction as part of Distress Tolerance skills, as well as a way to Self-Soothe. Double win :)
I have also heard of them used in place of self-harm, with the idea being that if you feel the urge to do so you shake the jar and commit to yourself that you won't take any action until all the glitter has settled, then repeat as necessary.
There are lots of different versions of instructions but here is my summary...
You will need:
- Clear jar with tight sealing lid
- Glitter, 3 - 6 tablespoons (depending on jar size)
- Clear gel glue or clear craft glue, approx 1 tablespoon per cup of water in jar
- Hot or boiling water
- Fork or anything pointy that can get messy (for stiring)
- Food colour/dye
Add the glitter and glue to the empty jar. Fill half-way with hot water. Stir, stir, stir! When it is a totally even mixture, fill the remainder of the jar with cool water and add food colouring if you want. Glue lid shut. Allow to dry before testing.
If I'd give any extra advice, it would be to use a few different sizes of glitter, so that when the smaller pieces settle slower than the large pieces you end up with pretty layering. Also, possibly prepare to have a few attempts at this, as I know I needed to!
And lastly, be careful when opening glitter packets :(