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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

DIY Stress Relief Bottle

By: Chris Hammond for favecrafts.com
DIY Stress Relief Bottle
DIY Stress Relief Bottle
This image courtesy of AllFreeKidsCrafts.com

Ever need something that could just help your kids take a second to calm down? This DIY Stress Relief Bottle is the perfect home craft to help your kids slow down for a second. Not only could you make this kids craft with your children; but, they are also great to break out whenever you need to distract them while you finish up dinner or cleaning. Plus, these stress relief bottles are also great to help adults wind down and relax for a second when they start to feel a little overwhelmed. Just shake and watch! 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft

Beginner

Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Recycled plastic bottle
  • Clear dish soap
  • Glitter
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Pebbles

DIY Stress Relief Bottle

How to Make a Recycled Stress Reliever Bottle

  1. Fill your plastic bottle about 3/4 of the way full with water. 

  2. Pour a significant amount of dish soap into your bottle.

    Note: the more dish soap you put in the thicker the consistency it will create.  

  3. Put some of your confetti or glitter in there that will float in the water. 

  4. Take your water and fill your bottle all the way to the top, or as high as you can without oversplitting it. 

  5. Add either a pebble or two or a couple pieces of sea glass to help mix everything up when you're shaking it. 

  6. Use your super glue along the inside of the cap and screw your lid on so that it does not come undone and leave a mess! 

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I understand the concept but when you have small children in the home and they are less than 16 months apart and both boys, this would only buy a few minutes in my house. I would get more relief from the bottle than either one of them.

I am all for anything that helps you or your family slow down if only for a few minutes. I think the trick to this one is to have the kids make there own so that it is that much more important to them to get to use it. So you get endless activity after construction. And with any luck, it will reduce stress.

Love the Luminous and the time out bottles I feel are not just for children thanks for all the great projects

Isn't this project a ton of fun? It takes those snow globe type projects to a whole new level! I am wondering if you could add other objects such as pretty buttons, sea shells or glass beads. You would need to definitely use the more rigid plastic bottles of jars, rather than the thinner or flimsy water bottle plastic because that would be a potential for mess. I am also wondering if the soap is enough to keep the water from eventually becoming murky or if a dash of bleach or something would be in order if kept longer than a year or so. What a fun project, little kids will love it!

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