How to: Make a Glitter Jar…

10 May

Okay so I’m sure if you’re on Tumblr or just a general hipster type person you would have seen Glitter Jars all over the place, and I did think they looked really cute and would make great pictures too. I’m a serious stresser and I read online that glitter jars are meant to be calming and help you think, so it was another excuse to give it ago besides they looked extremely pretty.

I made the jars with my friend and to be a little bit different we brought tiny jars instead of using second hand large jars or bottles which are most commonly seen online, just because we thought they’d look cuter. But being the silly people we are, we didn’t think to quarter the ingredients (please don’t eat glitter, it is not food but I couldn’t think of a better way to describe it!) So if you want to attempt a smaller jar like we wanted to, make sure you only use a tiny amount of glitter and glitter glue especially or the water becomes more like glue and the glitter can’t swirl around in a pretty way.

So you probably want to know what you need:

  • An empty and washed out jar or bottle (The one we used was a large jam jar sized bottle)
  • Some glitter glue (The colour doesn’t have to match exactly to your glue, I found a white/ silver glue makes the water have a pretty shimmer) The glitter glue makes the water thicker so the glitter doesn’t sink straight away and makes the swirls cooler.
  • Glitter! (I used pink and blue glitter, which created a purple colour. I recommend using two different glitter colours as this creates a much better effect and adds to the texture.
  • 1 Cup of hot water and just some tap water for later on
  • Optional: Food colouring that matched your glitter colours

Time to make:

Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to make one in 5 minutes, but the first time we made one it took us about 10 minutes because we had to read the steps.

What you need to do… (Sorry there are no process pictures, but at the time we didn’t really think it would work as well as it!)

  1. Find a space that is alright to spill glitter all over, because it will go everywhere, including your face and hair if you’re as clumsy as me!
  2. Put about 2 tablespoons of glitter glue into the jar. (Remember to change this for the size of the jar, but this amount if correct for the bigger jar we did)
  3. Add a cup of hot water, and stir the glitter glue so it is less clumpy.
  4. Add about 3/4 inch layer of your glitter
  5. Add more water, leaving and 1 inch at the top for shaking room.
  6. Shake the jar to mix it all up (Putting on the lid first always helps)
  7. The glitter we used dyed the water purple but if you want a deeper colour or the glitter is not colouring the water, add a drop or two food colouring.
  8. And then you will have one beautiful glitter jar!

Here are my 2 glitter jar attempts, the bigger one works perfectly and it looks really pretty, it’s a shame my other one doesn’t mix well because I think the tiny jar design would look sweet but I still think it looks great due to the neon pink colour of the water



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