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When we were in Oregon last summer, our kids found a booth at the fair that sold Potions Bottles. The bottle were cool looking glass bottles that were filled with liquid and glitter. After a little online research, I found that the liquid was just a mixture of water, clear glue and/or corn syrup. So we set out to make our own Glitter Potions Bottles!
Glitter Potions Bottles
Clear glass or plastic bottles with a lid or cork (plastic bottles work GREAT for younger kids)
Clear school glue
Light Corn Syrup
Ultra fine glitter or glitter powder (The finer the glitter, the longer it takes to sink)
E6000 glue or similar glue
Now there are no actual measurements for this because it all depends on the size of your bottle. I’ve found that the more glue and corn syrup you use the more swirly the glitter in the bottle is. What I’ve found that works is to fill the bottle up about 2/3 of the way with hot tap water. Next add equal parts of clear glue and light corn syrup. After that, add your food coloring to get the desired color.
You’ll want to leave some space at the top that you can fill in later with hot water.
After that you are going to want to use a funnel or a paper towel unless you have a very steady hand to pour in some glitter. The more you use the better it is…but don’t put in too much or it will just clump together.
Now put your lid on tightly and lightly shake the bottle to mix the water, glue, corn syrup, food coloring and glitter together. Let it settle and you can decide if you want more glitter or corn syrup/glue. Once you get your desired consistency fill the rest of the bottle almost to the top with hot water, then use the E6000 around the inside of the lid. Screw the lid down tightly, wipe off any extra glue that squished out, and let it dry.
DIY potion bottles are a fun and easy activity to do with your kids. The best part is it’s a lot of fun to pick out your own liquid and glitter colors! Ryan thinks the red color with the gold glitter makes it look like fire. 🙂 I’ve seen that some people also use these as Time Out Bottles. You have the child shake the bottle and watch as the glitter falls to the bottom. Once the glitter has all settled at the bottom, they can be out of time out!
This would also be a super fun project for a make your own DIY Harry Potter potion bottles. Let each kid add in their own potion ingredients for their Harry Potter potions. They can create their own potions labels for their DIY magic potion bottles. Would you make a powerful love potion or a felix felicis potion?