Sunday, November 3, 2013

Do It Yourself - Now and Zen Relax Bottle

With just a little time and a visit to the craft store, you can make a beautiful glitter bottle to calm even the most stressed people.  The Now and Zen relax bottle (nice name, huh?) can be used as a calming tool and can even be used as a timer.  It can be shaken, rolled, and even 'accidentally' dropped with some eye catching results.  The glitter swirls are very mesmerizing and just pretty darn cool!

Parents:  You can make one for each child to keep in their room or to use when they go to time out.  When all the glitter settles to the bottom, they are done with their time.  You can actually make the timer go slower or faster depending on how much glue you put in the bottle (more on that later in this post). 

Teachers:  You can use a bottle as a reward or even use it as a calming tool in your classroom.  Instead of using a clock timer (if your class tolerates this), use the Now and Zen bottle at the front of your class instead.

Therapists:  Do children have a tough time getting settled down right when they get to your office?  Or do you need a few uninterrupted minutes to talk with a parent at the beginning of a session?  Hand your client the relax bottle.  They will think it is a cool toy they get to play with every time they visit.
With that being said, here are the step-by-step directions on how to make your very own Now and Zen Relax Bottle. 

You will need: 1 clear plastic bottle, 1 small bottle of glitter glue, 1 vial of fine glitter (to match the glitter glue color), 1 bottle Clear Gel Tacky Glue (mine was 4 oz), a glue gun to seal the bottle, some Goo Gone or Bug & Tar remover (if needed to remove sticky labels).  I got all the craft materials at the craft store.

Cost: Depending on coupons and such, you can complete this project for under $5-$6.

Step 1:  Find a clear, durable plastic bottle (preferably with a smooth surface).  We used SmartWater bottles found at any store or mini-market.  They have a completely smooth surface and are great for little hands to grab. They have also withstood my kids dropping and stomping (within reason, of course).

Step 2: Remove the label.  With the SmartWater and other similar labels, you may need to remove the adhesive left on the bottle.  You can use any kind of Goo Gone or even Bug and Tar remover -- just be sure to do so in a well ventilated area and wipe completely clean before proceeding to Step 3. 

Step 3: Fill the cleaned bottle about 3/4 full with water. 

Step 4: Empty the entire contents of glitter glue into the water.  This may take some effort, as the glue needs to be near the tip to empty out.  I kept putting the lid back on and tapping the tip end to get the rest of the glue out.  Repeat until most of the glitter glue is in the water.

Step 5: Place lid on water bottle and shake vigorously until glue is dissolved.  This may result in some bubbly water at the top.  You can either wait for them to disperse, or do what I did.  After removing the cap, slowly squeeze the bottle until the bubbles are near the top and basically blow them all off the top of the bottle.  Do this outside or over a sink to minimize the mess. 

Step 6: You may want to do this step outside, unless you want to find glitter in your house for years to come if you spill.  Slowly add the entire contents of the fine glitter to the bottle.  Replace cap and slowly mix the bottle by inverting...slowly.

Step 7:  Remove cap and add roughly 1 ounce of Clear Gel Tacky Glue to the glittery water.  You may add more or less depending on how quickly or slowly you want the glitter to settle to the bottom.  If you want quicker settling, add more water.  If you want slower settling, add more Tacky Glue.  (I used about a third of the Tacky Glue for each bottle.)

Step 8: Make sure you are happy with the bottled mix, as this next step will permanently seal it.  When you have the desired settling speed you want, use a glue gun and place a strip of glue on the inside of the cap and immediately screw it on the bottle. 

There you have it!  These bottles can be made big or small and settle quickly or slowly depending on the need.  You can put in any color.  After putting in the regular base glitter, find some pretty gems, a few marbles, or a sprinkling of larger shaped glitter for some more flair!  And they are B-E-A-Utiful in the sun!. 
If you try this, post below and let us know how it went!  We'd love to hear from you!!
Leslie absolutely loves these bottles.  They are mesmerizing and make her brain feel warm and fuzzy.  In fact, she made them for herself first and then felt guilty and made more for her kids. 

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