Glitter bottles make great sensory play and today we have a Valentine glitter jar version. This sensory bottle idea is full of sparkles and fun. Toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergarteners will love these fun sensory bottles and they work great as calm down jars too for kids of any age or even adults.

Valentine Glitter Sensory Bottle - finished sensory bottle idea with red gel and glitter tied with a ribbon to give as a gift
Let’s make a Valentine sensory bottle!

DIY Glitter Sensory Bottle for Valentines

Let’s make a simple Valentine Sensory Bottle for a fun activity that doubles as a relaxation jar or a DIY Valentines gift for friends and family. This Valentine sensory bottle is easy to make, and even prettier to look at! Plus, it makes a great candy alternative as well.

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What Is A Sensory Bottle?

A sensory bottle is a great item that can help with a child who is overwhelmed by sensory input or upset. It is a tool that helps teach your child to self-regulate and calm down.

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Related: We have even more super fun and shiny glitter crafts!

These sensory valentines activities are so much fun to make as you can see with this jar on its side filled with red glitter glue, big pieces of red glitter, and golden hearts.
I love the glittery look of this sensory bottle idea.

Supplies Needed To Make A Valentine Sensory Bottle

How To Make A Valentine’s Sensory Bottle

Step 1

Step 1 - Make this sensory bottle activity by filling a mason jar up with half of the red glitter glue and then add more glitter like these red chunks of glitter and golden glitter hearts.
Let’s start with red glitter!

Pour half a bottle of red glitter glue into the jar.

Step 2

Add extra glitter, as much as you desire.

Step 3

Step 3 - Then once you add the red glitter glue, the red glitter, and gold hearts to the mason jar, put the lid on this sensory bottle and shake to mix up the glitter.
Add the cap to your jar.

Then put the lid on and shake to ensure all the glitter gets mixed in.

Step 4

Step 4 Once you have the glitter and glue mixed in your Valentines sensory jar, add distilled water and fill the half empty jar up.
Now it is time to add the water.

Fill the remainder of the jar with distilled water.

Step 5

The put the lid on your Valentine's day bottle and shake it really good. Add a red ribbon and a card that says Valentine, you really sparkle!
Look at our finished pretty Valentine sensory bottle!

Screw on the lid. 

Step 6

Shake and enjoy.


For younger kids, make sure you seal the mason jar with hot glue, gorilla glue, etc.

These are the steps needed to make your Valentines Sensory Bottle
Quick and easy way to make a sensory bottle.

Why Are Sensory Bottles Important?

  • Sensory bottles allow children to use their senses to focus on the bottle and what is within, causing them to calm and focus.
  • Sensory bottles are also great for entertaining kids while having a calming effect when they watch the fun items flow around inside.
  • Sensory bottles of course benefit your child in teaching them to self-regulate and mediate and learn how to self-calm, but they also expose children to the world around them and help them make connections to the world around them.

They’re so beneficial to young children and even older children. Older kids who are in elementary school can also benefit from sensory bottles as well. Kids of all ages can benefit from the contents of the bottle.

Sensory Bottles Can Be Used for:

  • Social skills: problem solving and communication
  • Science: buoyancy, sinking, absorption
  • Sensory: Visual, Auditory, Movement

Sensory Bottles Make A Great Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s day is usually filled with candy and sweets and this is a great alternative, especially for smaller children. If you are making this for little ones you could also use a plastic bottle to prevent breaking.

Customize the gift for your recipient. You could also use different color glues to make this Valentine’s day gift extra special:

  • There are so many different colors of glue, you could choose your child’s favorite color!
  • Plus, they have other types of glue like glow in the dark glue, that could make this extra special!

What Is The Purpose Of A Sensory Jar?

The purpose of a sensory jar is to create an aural or visual experience for your children. It allows children to explore the world through their senses as well as helping a child regulate stress.

Can A Sensory Jar Reduce Anxiety?

Yes! This Valentines sensory jar isn’t just pretty, but can create a calming moment for your child. By creating a visual experience, your child can sit and breathe as they watch the glitter fall and settle at the bottom of the jar.

How Do I Keep My Valentine Sensory Jar From Leaking?

If you close the jar tight enough your sensory jar shouldn’t leak. However, if you’re still nervous about it you can use a hot glue gun. Using your hot glue gun, put the glue around the lip of the jar and then quickly put the lid on. It will give your Valentine sensory jar extra protection.

Valentine Sensory Bottle

Valentine Sensory Bottle

This Valentine Sensory Bottle for a fun activity that doubles as a calm down jar or a DIY gift for friends and family.


  • Elmers Red Glitter Glue
  • Distilled Water
  • Jar (I used a 16 oz. glass mason jar but a plastic one is recommended for kids who can’t handle glass)
  • Heart Glitter
  • Red Mason Jar Lids


  1. Pour half a bottle of red glitter glue into the jar.
  2. Add extra glitter, as much as you desire.
  3. Fill the remainder of the jar with distilled water.
  4. Screw on the lid.
  5. Shake and enjoy.


For younger kids, make sure you seal the mason jar with hot glue, gorilla glue, etc.

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How did your sensory bottle turn out? Let us know in the comments, let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

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