((Glitter exchange people and people just interested in making glitter jars, pay attention! I’ve made over a dozen of these things now, so I’ve got this pretty much down to an art.
All of these were done with just water, glue, and glitter, so these aren’t the complicated type and are every bit as effective and pretty as other methods.
Jar/bottle/some sort of watertight container that can take some heat
Glitter glue/clear elmer’s glue
Bowl/cup/pan to heat water in
Spoon/chopstick/something to stir with that will fit your container
Heat water until it’s only just boiling. For all of the ones I’ve made, I’ve heated water in a measuring cup. If you overheat the water you run the risk of temperature shocking a glass container into breaking or melting a plastic container.
Fill your container 1/2 to 2/3 full of water.
Add glitter glue/clear glue and stir it it. The amount you add will change how slow your glitter falls. I would suggest not adding more than 1/3 of your container’s volume in glue, if you add more than that your glitter will fall too slowly to be very soothing, so between 1/4 and 1/3 is best, depending on your patience. Some glitter glue pens give you the choice between thick lines and thin lines, go for the thin lines. Thick globs/lines of glue are a pain to stir the lumps out of. It’s not much of an issue with the clear glue since it stirs in easier, but don’t think you can take the cap off and pour it in, then expect to have a nice result. Also, be careful as you stir, you did just pour boiling water into the container. It is hot.
Do not attempt to change your mind and add more glue once the water temperature has dropped a several degrees. All that will accomplish is creating a big, undissolved glue lump.
Add your glitters. The amount can vary, but don’t over do it. An 1/8 of an inch layer of glitter settled on the bottom is more than plenty. The type of glitter you use affects how fast it falls, too. Obviously, the larger it is, the faster it’s going to settle, so extra fine is very slow, while chunky glitter or confetti is going to settle pretty fast.
Will all the glitter it, top off your container with some of the hot water you didn’t use, then add the lid/cork and make sure that it’s in place tightly enough to not leak. If you use a cork, expect a small air bubble to develop. This is caused by the dry cork soaking up some of the water, but isn’t going to harm how your glitter jar works.
If you want to add some sort of toy or something, glue it in first with waterproof glue and make sure to wait the recommended cure time before you attempt to make your glitter jar.
If you want to add food coloring, add only the tiniest amount. I’d personally suggest not using any, but that’s up to you. I’ve found that adding food coloring often darkens the water enough that it’s hard to tell what color glitters you’ve added. So, if your glitter glue has some color in it, that’s fine, but adding food coloring is likely going to hide how pretty your glitter is.
If you have a plastic container/plastic glue-in/flatish sides on your container, you’re probably going to have to add some soap to keep the glitter from sticking to the surfaces. Dish detergent works best and you only need a drop or two to correct the problem.
Edit: Since I’ve been asked a couple times where I got my bottles, I figured I’d best add that. All the jars in this picture are from Micheal’s. Hobby Lobby also has some neat designs that I’ve used as well, just none of them are shown here.
Any questions? Feel free to send me a message.))