I Made Glow Jars At Home & You Can Too!

by Trina Remedios
I recently discovered glow jars at a friend's apartment and was totally fascinated, especially because she made them at home for under $5. Her simple glow stick version had me wondering why I'd paid $32.50 for my bedside lamp, which - compared to these adorable trinkets - seemed like a rip-off.

How cool would these look in the kids' bedroom? Or, say, at a party? I love the psychedelic colors and the fact that it emits just enough diffused light to, well, glow; not flash you.

Here's what my weekend DIY project looked like: 

The Glow Stick Glow Jar (Easiest, But Doesn't Last As Long)

What You Need:

  • 1 mason jar
  • Fine glitter and shaped glitter
  • 4-5 glow sticks
First, activate the glow sticks. Next, cut the tip of the sticks to empty the contents in the jar. Now, add your fine and shaped glitter. Finally, put a lid on it and shake until the glitter and the fluorescent liquid spread evenly through the jar and you're done. This one should last you about 4-6 hours.

Caution: Always wear gloves when handling glow sticks because the solution may irritate your skin. Also, some of the cheaper variants may contain glass, so use a strainer to pour out the solution into the jar. 

Here's a video tutorial I found very helpful:

Now, while my friend and I used the simplest method, you can alternately use glow paints or glow stones to make your glow jars. They last a lot longer than glow sticks.

The Glow Paints Glow Jar Style II (Intermediate)

What You Need:
  • 1 mason jar
  • Glow in the dark paints (3 colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scribble paper or painter's palette
Squeeze the glow in the dark paints onto the scribble paper or onto your painter's palette. Next, paint the jar with lines, polka dots, or whatever pattern you wish with the glow paints. Leave it to dry in the sun; this will help the paint set firmer and glow longer. 
Here's an awesome demonstration and the end result is so pretty, I can't wait to try it next weekend!

The Glow Stones Glow Jar

What You Need:
  • 1 mason jar
  • Pebbles
  • Glow in the dark paints
  • Paintbrush
This method works the same as the The Glow Paints Glow Jar Style II except, by painting over pebbles instead of onto the jar itself, you have a larger surface area that will glow. Let the pebbles dry and supercharge under the sun, and then simply fill up the jars with your very own glow stones.
PS: You can also use luminous resin pebbles which are available on Amazon for a quick and easy fix.

Have you ever made glow jars before? Care to share your tricks?

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