Therapeutic Water Bottle Decorating

Decorating your water bottle with stickers is a great way to show a little bit of your personality. My own daily water bottle is filled with gifts from friends, symbolic images, and fun quotes. That’s how I came up with the idea to use water bottles in session!

It might be super fun to actually give a client a water bottle, some stickers, and colorful sharpies. What better reminder of all the hard work they did in therapy? However, that’s not necessarily realistic. Especially if you work for an agency or a residential treatment center, you might be seriously limited in what you can bring into session with your clients. Instead, make it an art activity!

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I found my photo of a water bottle after a quick Google search (I won’t be posting it here for copyright reasons). I just searched “cartoon water bottle black and white” till I found exactly what I was looking for. I found my stickers by going through Canva.com to find cute free images. I simply printed them out on regular copy paper. However, you can find waterproof adhesive printing paper at Walmart in the office supplies. Simply print out your sticker, cut it out, and then stick on to your water bottle.

You can also use a cartoon suitcase depending on what you are processing with your client! You can make this activity work for almost any type of client. Here are a list of prompts below:

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  • Water Bottle Activity Prompts:
  • Things that bring you life- this prompt is great for anyone trying to help client’s find joy or hope. Discuss what “fills your cup” and makes life worth living.
  • Things that give you strength- this prompt is for those needing help identifying their skills. In therapy, it can be so easy to target our problems without reflecting on our successes. Use this to hydrate your client’s self-esteem.
  • Suitcase Activity Prompts:
  • Things I want to take with me- you can use this prompt as a closure activity. Have the client reflect on what they want to remember after therapy
  • Things I need to unpack- clients bring their burdens with them everywhere they go. Ask them how they can lighten their load.

It might be helpful for your client to first write a list of what they want to put on their water bottle/suitcase. From that list, they can choose words or symbols to represent what they are trying to say. You can use photos from the internet to find exactly what you’re looking for, or if you are feeling daring, you can hand draw your own symbols. I used a combination of both!

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