May 292017


If you ever want to talk about the ways public discourse about legislation can impact the lived experiences of folks, let me know, because I see it every day. Whether it’s a discussion about bathroom access, violence against trans people, an election, or a Netflix series about suicide, I often see the subjects of daily news enfleshed in the lives of the youth I work with.

This makes for an interesting challenge from a programmatic standpoint, because there is the need to balance stuff that will give youth (or remind youth about) the tools they can access for self-care, while also giving space for folks to talk about how difficult stuff is. One of the tools that’s been particularly helpful is glitter jars. Seriously! The youth can’t get enough of them, and it’s become a go-to on nights when folks are in the mood to craft.


  • 1 jar (any container that has a good sealed lid will work, but Mason jars are good because they have a tight-fitting lid. I’ve found the half-pint mason jars work the best.)
  • water
  • light corn syrup
  • 2 T glitter (the extra fine glitter tends to work best because it settles the slowest)
  • a few drops of dish soap
  • food coloring, if desired (note – a little goes a long way!)


  1. Fill the container ¾ with hot water.
  2. Fill the rest of the container with corn syrup (the more corn syrup you use, the longer the glitter will take to settle).
  3. Close the jar and shake the water/corn syrup until mixed.
  4. Open the jar and add glitter, dish soap, and food coloring.
  5. Close jar and shake again.

Once you’ve made your glitter jar shake it up, and focus on the glitter until it settles at the bottom. Be sure to take deep breaths, and try to block out everything else. This is a nice way to focus your attention, take time to breath, reground yourself.


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