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Think Outside The Toy Box … Plastic Bottles

June 2, 2014
Glitter and Glue Calm Down Bottles | View From The Fridge

Happy Monday, and welcome to June!  We’ve been enjoying our past week with Ben, but today I have a fun project that we worked on geared more towards our other two boys … Glitter & Glue Calm Down Bottles.

This project is a part of a fun summer series we started last week called Think Outside The Toy Box.  It’s a collaboration with five other bloggers and myself to try to come up with NEW and CREATIVE ways to use household items (that aren’t traditionally thought of as toys).



This week’s theme ‘item’ is plastic bottles.  Last week, we created Glow Stick Lightning Bugs using plastic bottles … so really, that would have worked for this week’s theme, too, but I figured that’d be cheating, so I came up with another fun (and beyond easy) project.

I’ve seen these ‘calm down‘ bottles all over Pinterest.  They’re also referred to as Timeout ‘timers’.  The concept is the same … a way to distract (and hopefully calm down) a toddler who needs a ‘break’.  Or, for a misbehaving toddler or preschooler, as a timer to sit in timeout (and hopefully calm him/her down while sitting there).  The instructions are simple … sit there until the glitter is settled.  The bottle is shaken up, given to the child, and then they watch as the glitter floats around, sparkles, swirls, and eventually … settles.  

My two older boys get  little high strung from time to time, and if these bottles can calm them down  …. I’m all for it!  We are still testing the ‘effectiveness’ of these out, but they do love to watch the glitter swirl around!  This project was also SO EASY (which is key since our household is a bit  … busy … lately).

Glitter and Glue Calm Down Bottles  |  View From The Fridge

Charlie is mesmerized!



Glitter and Glue Calm Down Bottles  |  View From The Fridge


You’ll only need a couple items to make these:

  • Plastic bottle (and possibly Goo Gone to remove the label)
  • Glitter Glue or Clear Glue (I used one bottle, you may want more if you want your ‘timer’ to last longer).
  • Extra Fine Glitter
  • Super Glue (not pictured)
  • Water



To make these bottles, simply mix up your ingredients inside the bottle until you’re happy with the consistency.  Here’s the approximate quantities we used:

  1. Fill plastic bottle about half full of water.  Hot water works best to help mix with the glue.
  2. Add an entire bottle of clear glue (or glitter glue)
  3. Add about 2 tablespoons of extra fine glitter (more or less to your liking)
  4. Top the rest of the bottle off with more water
  5. Super Glue on top (you don’t want your kiddos to decide to take a swig of this glittery glue mixture … that will definitely NOT calm them down!!).


Glitter and Glue Calm Down Bottles  |  View From The Fridge

Shake it up!


Then Watch it Settle

Then Watch it Settle!


It really is fun to watch the glitter settle … especially if you’re somewhere where the glitter catches the sunlight!

If I did this again, I would have either used clear glue with my gold glitter OR would have used matching glitter to the glitter glue (in this case red glitter along with the red glitter glue).  The gold and red combo is not my favorite, but the boys seem to like it just fine!

Glitter and Glue Calm Down Bottles | View From The Fridge

Do you have any fun Plastic Bottle crafts, experiments, or other fun kid friendly activities?  Link them up here and help us all come up with creative ideas for entertaining our kids this summer!

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Stop over to check out the other ladies participating in this fun series:

Amber at From ABC’s to ACT’s

Katy at Chaos and Kiddos

Julia at The Everyday Momma

Becka at Probably Crafting

Echo at The Mad Mommy

Up next Monday … Grocery Bags!  Hmmm … the possibilites?!?!  And here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer.  We’d just love for you to join in the fun and link up some good ideas each week!

May 26 – Glow Sticks   (Checkout our Glow Stick Lightning Bugs)

June 2 – Plastic Soda Bottles

June 9 – Paper Grocery Bags

June 16 – Kool-Aid

June 23 – Ice Cream Cones

June 30 – Pool Noodles

July 7 – Wax Paper

July 14 – Puzzle Pieces

July 21 – Paper Cups

July 28 – Plastic Milk Jugs

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  June 2nd happens to be Matt and I’s 7th Anniversary, so we’re planning to get a sitter for O & C and send Baby Ben to Grandma’s for a couple hours and attempt to go out to eat just the two of us!  Wish us luck!


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  • Reply Echo June 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I love the big tall bottle! My son would probably like the red and gold combo because it kind of looks like like lava/liquid gold, LOL!
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  • Reply Savanna McCurry June 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Great idea! I need something like for Liv when she some time to calm down!

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast June 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I need to try making one of these for the toddler I nanny! I have been trying to figure out ways to deal with her tantrums and this might help calm her down.
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  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak June 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Marilyn from Merry Monday stopping by to say thanks for joining and hope to see you next week!
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  • Reply becka June 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

    That is so pretty. I like the choice of bottle you picked! :)
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  • Reply heidi June 5, 2014 at 4:17 am

    What a great idea, and I can how it would be hours worth of fun for a kid. Isn’t it weird that kids absolutely love the simplest things?

  • Reply Melissa French of Housepunkery June 8, 2014 at 2:36 am

    My kids love glitter bottles! Hello from Fancy This.
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  • Reply Andrea @ loveandcake June 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I made these in mini bottles for Sophie when she was a baby and she loved them :) Thanks for linking up to this weeks #parentingpinitparty
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