I must say I’ve really loved being a part of this #AtoZBloggingChallenge . I doubted, when I began, if I had the follow through to get to the end. But almost half way through and more than anything else I’m really enjoying writing and I love how my blog is looking. I myself can sense how my writing has progressed, how I’ve been able to touch upon varied topics and been inspired to try new things.
I’m especially kicked about today’s post. I diy’d. Yayyy. If you followed my social media posts/ stories then you’d know that I stepped in to a craft store, first time after school perhaps and stocked up. And it’s now time to show you what I made.
A quiet bottle!
I first laid my eyes on this bottle on a YouTube channel by a mom. I was mesmerized and so wanted to have one for myself. However I’m not a diy person at all. But motherhood makes you do things which you never thought were possible. And so i diy’d.
What is it used for?
- To give time out to children (I don’t agree with time outs, but something tells me I may be speaking too soon and that I should just wait for babyT to grow up)
- To calm down over stimulated children
- To provide sensory stimulation for babies and children
- To calm down, relax and soothe adults
- Kill time in monotonous situations like traffic jams
How to make a Quiet Bottle?
You will need:
- A hard and clear plastic bottle with smooth edges – I used a small 250 ml bottle as it’s meant for babyT. You can use bigger bottles for older babies/ adults.
- Glitter dust – I used blue colour
- Tiny sequins – I got silver ones to contrast against the blue
- Clear glue
- A hot glue gun or sealant (optional)
To put together the Quiet Bottle:
- Wash the bottle, remove any plastic covering it has and dry it in the sun.
- Empty about two tablespoons of glitter dust and 1 teaspoon of sequins into the bottle.
- Fill the bottle with water, leaving about an inch from the top.
- Shake the bottle vigorously till all the glitter gets mixed into the water and doesn’t float on the top.
- Now add clear glue into the bottle. And shake again. I added about ml of glue into the bottle. This adds a certain degree of viscosity to the water, making the glitter flow smoothly and slowdown the settling process. The more glue you add the more slowly it’ll settle.
- Shake everything up vigorously and your bottle is ready. Don’t be afraid of a little foam on top, it’ll settle with time.
- Seal the bottle cap tightly. If you do have a glue gun then you can use that to secure it. BabyT doesn’t know how to undo bottle caps just yet so I’ve just shut the cap tightly.
I loved making the Quiet Bottle. Daddy and MommyT made the bottle together late last night after babyT was asleep. And it was therapeutic in itself.
Some online resources talk about using glitter glue. I found it difficult to find good glitter glue in the local craft store. I found fabric glitter glue which turned milky when I added water to fill the bottle. Some others recommend baby oil. I’m going to try that next time and come back to post.
Do give this a try. BabyT loves shaking it up and watching the little “stahhr” inside the bottle. As for time out, I wouldn’t mind putting myself into T.O. with one of these beauties.