Have you ever made a glitter relaxation jar?  It is an activity we sometimes undertake at SARSAS workshops but you can also make them at home. The jars can help you in terms of grounding if you are feeling anxious.  They’re simple to use and make, and can be calming.

Grounding basically means focusing on what is happening to you physically, either in your body or in your surroundings.  So instead of being trapped by the thoughts in your mind that are causing you to feel anxious, you focus your mind on your senses. This helps shift your focus away from your emotions and thoughts.  It reduces ‘brain chatter’ and can be calming.  There is more information on grounding in our self-help guides .

The very act of making your jar, taking your time over something and creating something unique to you, is a method of self-care. You have given yourself a task to focus on, just for you. The colours reflect what you want to see, something you enjoy looking at.  If you are having a difficult day, you can hold your jar and move it around watching the glitter and colours dance; fast or slow.

Sometimes, during a flashback or an anxiety attack, your jar can ground you. Turn it over and watch the glitter move and fall, concentrate on the patterns they make, tell yourself out loud what you can see.

Your jar is there, just for you. You created it and no one jar is the same as another. They are all unique and they all move at the pace which is right for them; just as we do…

We know that you may struggle to get all the ingredients for the jars during lockdown but we thought you would still like to know how to make them plus we have a GIF one on our Facebook page as backup!

What you’ll need:

  • A jar – mason jar, jam jar, cooking sauce jar etc. – as long as you can tightly close the lid and it doesn’t leak!
  • A small whisk (or you can use a spoon)
  • Boiling water
  • 300ml bottle of clear PVA Glue – very important that it is clear!
  • 2 table spoons of vegetable Glycerine – optional
  • Food colouring – optional
  • Glitter – a few different colours and sizes – amount? As much as you like!

Ribbon, stickers, paints anything you like to decorate the lid of your jar


  1. Boil the kettle and fill your jar just under halfway with hot water
  2. Poor in around half a bottle of clear glue – the more glue you add, the slower the glitter will fall/move
  3. Glycerine – this is optional, but can make the glitter swirly as well
  4. Whisk this together
  5. Then choose your food colouring (only one for a true colour) – the more you add the darker the liquid
  6. Whisk this together
  7. Add your glitter! Different sizes etc., bigger heavier glitter will fall slower so you can different reactions within your jar! Don’t be worried about adding too much glitter here, it needs a decent amount
  8. Now top up your jar with the remaining hot water till the jar is full
  9. Attach your lid tightly – which you can decorate before or after you have attached it
  10. Give your jar a shake or a gentle tilt upside down and enjoy your beautiful creation.