You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the calming benefits of a sensory bottle! Plus, with a little creativity, you can make themed sensory bottles for holidays, seasons, or even to teach different concepts to your child.

And, grownups, if you take a look at some of the beautiful sensory bottle ideas on Pinterest, I have no doubt you will go racing to find an empty water bottle, glitter, and other fun items to make your own!

Glitter sensory bottles are easy to make. Here’s how we made ours here at The Harmony Garden:


  • Empty, clean water bottles. The “Voss” brand is my preference!
  • Glitter glue
  • Regular glitter
  • Warm water
  • Something to stir it up with (chopsticks work well)
  • Hot glue or super glue

Start by adding glitter glue to the bottle. I added about 3/4″ to 1″ of glue to the bottom of my Voss bottles

Add a little warm water at a time, and keep it swirling with a chop stick or other stirrer. The idea here is to melt the glue, but not melt the bottle! IF you think the glue is melted enough, you can switch to cool water.

As you add water, also add glitter! More glitter will result in a more dramatic effect and darker, more opaque sensory bottle.

Allow the bottle to cool before using glue to fasten the lid.

And it’s done! Tip the bottle over, give it a gently shake, and swirl it around to kick up the glitter and watch it float back down.

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