1. Add glow items (I ended up adding a few water beads to mine, too) Author’s note: If I were to remake this bottle I would use clear hair gel instead of water/glue solution, nix the food dye, and then add my glow-in-the-dark items. Add more warm water if needed. Feb 3, 2013 - Other cool jars to use for a calming bottle: hair gel, Glitter glue, loose glitter, food color. Feb 3, 2013 - Other cool jars to use for a calming bottle: hair gel, Glitter glue, loose glitter, food color. altnernatives: baby oil, vegetable oil Corn syrup, shampoo, hair gel. Ocean Sensory Bottle DIY Directions. 2. 1. Feb 3, 2013 - Other cool jars to use for a calming bottle: hair gel, Glitter glue, loose glitter, food color. Let cool completely and settle. For a slow-moving sensory bottle, mix approximately 6 parts water to one part hair gel in a mixing bowl. Add one drop blue food dye and one drop green food dye to the water/gel mixture. Add the warm water. Using a funnel, pour gel/water mix into the bottle. The size of your water bottle will depend on the amount of hair gel and water to use. Then add in toys, glitter and sequence. Follow steps to make glitter sensory bottle 3.) 2.) Anyone can use a sensory bottle; Help children calm down; Keep kids busy while traveling Combine 1 part hair gel to 6 parts warm water (i.e: 1 oz gel with 6 oz gel). Directions: Pour glue into sensory bottle. Mix well. Leave at least a few inches room from the top to add other ingredients. Add a little bit of glitter and confetti (you can add more after you test it, if needed).