DIY Meditation Jar Tutorial

Is it a cliche to describe a busy brain as a ‘whirlwind’?


Too bad, because it’s true!  We all know that feeling of chasing a thousand thoughts around and around in our heads, never quite landing on anything or getting anywhere.  There are plenty of excellent mindfulness meditation exercises that you can use to try and control this whirlwind (I discuss one here), but today’s topic is less of an exercise and more of a — craft project.

Mind jars (or meditation jars) are a meditation and mindfulness tool used to help calm your mind.  They’re usually filled with water and some sort of glitter or other pretty shiny bits; when you shake them up, the shiny stuff swirls around — you guessed it! — like a whirlwind.  This whirlwind s-l-o-w-l-y settles to the bottom of the jar, and hopefully the user’s thoughts follow suit.  It’s a great tool for kids in need of a time out (mindfulness meditation in general is amazing for kids!), but anyone whose mind could use a little settling should have one of these around the house.

DIY Meditation Jar Tutorial

Mmmm... non-toxic.
Mmmm… non-toxic.

You’ll need:

  • A large clear jar with a lid (plastic if it’s for a kid)
  • Glitter glue
  • Glitter
  • Hot Water
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • A stirring implement


Time: approximately 10 minutes

  1. Squeeze some glue into the jar.
Don't eat it!
Don’t eat it.

Anyone who’s ever made anything with me knows that I think exact amounts are for suckers (unless you’re baking).  Squeeze roughly one tablespoon of the glitter glue per cup of water in the jar.

2. Pour in the hot water.

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You’d be very impressed by the balance I displayed taking this shot.

It should be hot enough that the glue will dissolve into the water, but not boiling hot or anything.

Sparkle sparkle!
Sparkle sparkle!

3. Stir!

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You’ll need to stir vigorously for a few minutes to get the glue to dissolve.  You might also want to try sealing your jar up tight and shaking that baby around a bit until the gloopy globs are gone.

4. Add the glitter.

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“Pour some glitter on maaaaaaayyyy!”

Again, don’t get hung up on precise measurements.  Just slosh that glitter in there at will, and then stir it up.  Some of it’s going to float — again, don’t fret.

5. Close the lid and enjoy!

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Oooh, shiny!

If you’ve got wee ones around (or your jar lid’s not too tight), it’s not a bad idea to run a little hot glue around the lip of the jar before putting the lid back on to create a good seal.  Up to you!

Now go ahead and give it a shot.  Find yourself a nice cozy spot to curl up with your jar, maybe on the couch or in lotus position on your bed.  Give that jar a good thorough shaking, set it somewhere comfortable, and focus your mind on the glitter within (sounds like Mariah Carey’s mantra, am I right?).  The key is to let your focus rest outside of your body.

What do you think of this project?  Did it help with your mindfulness meditation practice?  Let me know in the comments!

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Share this mindfulness meditation tool with your pals on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

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