Glow Stick Lanterns

Boo and I bought some Fourth of July glow sticks and broke into them early. We cut off the ends and dumped the contents in, and shook the jar to coat the sides. (It’s non-toxic.)

An instant glow stick lantern:

 

Glow Stick Lanterns Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

We mixed the red, white and blue together and it made a pink/purple-y color. Monday night I think we’ll make separate lanterns for each color!

Update:  I’ve heard from several readers that adding water to the jar helps to keep the glow!  I’ll be doing that next time!


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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    I love the glowing purple! This would be a fun way to put some of my empty baby food jars to use. Happy 4th! :: Melissa

      • AthieMum says

        oh – and use caution! There will be little fragments of broken glass inside the tube if it breaks before you dump it.

        • chris says

          I get my glowsticks at Target. They sell them in the $1.00 section of their store, in a tube, with 10 or 12 plastic glowsticks inside. Great bargain!

    • Ashley says

      Ours glowed for about 6 hours (maybe longer but we went to bed). We had to shake them periodically to recoat the jars. It washed out fine.

      • Bell says

        Can you tell me what kind of glowsticks you used to last that long? Wanna make sure they last 😉 thanks so much for any help.

      • Bell says

        Omg just noticed this post was from 2011, lol! If anyone knows the answer to this question, any hell would rock! Tnx!

  2. says

    hey-i tried this over the weekend and it didn’t turn out too good? how many glow sticks did you end up having to use? what brand were they. to fill the whole jar I would have to use way too many to be worth it. just curious! thanks!

  3. bridget says

    Do you brake the glass in the tube before putting stuff in jar? Looks so cool!!!!

  4. Nim says

    One of the reacting ingredients in glow sticks is hydrogen peroxide. If you try this, and your lantern gets dim, try pouring a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into the jar and shaking it again. It may perk it up again. No promises :)

    Also, if you cut the stick open BEFORE breaking the glass vial, you can paint with the dye component, and then spray it with peroxide from a mister to make the design glow. It won’t last long in open air, but it’s a fun party trick.

  5. says

    Is there anything else in the jar? I love this. Oh, a tiny caution – if you get glow stick juice on your hands and then wipe your eyes it burns… “don’t ask me how I know!” Lol!

      • Clare says

        I saw that as well…someone suggested using diamond sparkles and it gives it an extra twinkling affect.

  6. Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says

    haha. As a young adult, we used to hang the chem lights (glow stick) from the ceiling. Poke the bottom to create a drip. Put a pan of water underneath and watch the glow show that is created when the material hits the pan. Watch out. It will discolor the walls slightly. But we were young then. 😉

  7. says

    Are there any tips for making the glowing liquid stick to the sides of the jar better? I’m trying this out tonight for a party tomorrow and it works great, but as is its wont the liquid drips into the bottom of the jar. Do you just have to keep shaking it, or can you add something to help the viscosity of the liquid?

  8. Dana says

    When I was a kid (I’m 37 now) my brother and I got curious as to what would happen if you put glow sticks in the microwave for a few seconds (like 15). Guess what? Makes ’em glow again. I won’t ever tell my child I did that, though. 😉

  9. says

    Amazing, not only were you in the Top 5 on Fun Family Crafts in September with this project at #2, but this same project came in at #1, the most popular project for October! Congratulations!

  10. says

    I don’t know why, but this didn’t work for me. What size jar should you use? I also tried breaking before putting the stuff in and after. Hmmmm…. Maybe I’ll have to try again.

    • Brandi says

      It didnt work for me either :( I was so wanting it to work! maybe my jar was too big? Or my glow stick was too small? I don’t know. Anyone have any suggestions as to ar size and how big of a glow stick you need? Thanks so much!

      • Adrienne says

        I heard you do NOT break before you put it in…I would use a smaller jar and you can add a mist of hydrogen peroxide to get it going!

  11. Elizabeth says

    We are gonna try this making these this weekend! With a 8 and 10 year old.

  12. Megan says

    I put my glow stick liquid into water, trying to get the water to glow, but it just went to a normal color, no glowing. Did I do something wrong?

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