DIY Seashell Sensory Calm Down Jar

Seashell Sensory Calm Down Jars can be one of those go-to items to help calm your child or loved one. Here’s how to make it.

Meltdowns can be a major challenge for parents and caregivers, and an absolute nightmare for the person having one. Seashell Sensory Bottles look and act a lot like magic in these situations. Here’s how to make your own:

Seashell Sensory Jars are easy to make - all you need are some household items and a cylinder shaped container.











  •  1 cylinder-shaped bottle, preferable a Voss Water Bottle
  • Blue liquid watercolor paint or food coloring
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Goo Gone
  • Super glue
  • Water

And of course, seashells! (If you can’t get real ones, Michael’s and other craft stores usually carry lookalikes that would work just fine).

Step 1: Set your seashells in a bowl of warm soapy water. Let them sit while you take care of the next steps.

Step 2: Use the Goo Gone to get rid of any stickers on your cylinder-shaped bottle.  

Step 3: Place your clean seashells into the cylinder bottle, along with half a cup of water.  

Step 4: Put a few drops of food coloring or watercolor paint into the water.  

Step 5: Fill the bottle the rest of the way with liquid hand soap, place the lid on and (gently) shake it up!

Step 6: Allow the mixture to settle and you have your finished Calm Down Jar!

Tip – if you want the shells to move faster, add more water to the mixture.  If you want the shells to move slower, add more soap. Once you’ve found your perfect balance, we recommend gluing the lid on so there’s much less chance of it flying off and spilling everywhere. Enjoy the serenity of your new creation!

For more activities, check out 6 Crafts for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.