When I spotted glow-in-the-dark jar lanterns on Pinterest, I knew I just had to make some for Scrag's Peter Pan party.
I investigated all options... splattering glow sticks inside a jar (would last only one night); buying a tiny tube of paint for $15 (not enough to make the number of lanterns I needed)... and finally I found Glow Powder online, which promised: "Our Glow in the dark Products are up to 10 times brighter then other Zinc based Products..."
I was after a spattered effect, so figured I could achieve this by mixing the pigment with craft glue and then spattering it inside the jars... BIG MISTAKE!
The pigment solidified the glue and I was left with a useless (though glowing) lump...
I felt just awful to have wasted my precious pigment ($15 for 50g) and contacted the nice lady from the website and told her my predicament. Sometimes it pays to be a blogger... she supplied me with another lot of pigment at cost so I could finish my jars and write this post. Phew.
So here's How to Successfully Make Easy Glow in the Dark Jar Lanterns...
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Glow in the dark pigment/powder from Glow Solutions (available in green or aqua)
- Clean jars with lids (I made ten and still have plenty of powder left)
- White craft glue*
- Spray glue
- silver and blue glitter
- Apply the craft glue with a brush in a pattern, leaving spaces without any glue if you want glitter to show through during daylight (* If you want the jar solid with glowy-ness, apply a layer of spray glue instead of craft glue.
- Spoon a small amount of glow powder into the jar
- Put the lid on and shake (the pigment will stick to the glue which will dry clear, leaving the glow to show through)
- To seal the powder layer, apply a thin coat of spray glue inside the jar.
5. Shake some blue and silver glitter into the jar
6. Put the lid on and shake again. The glitter will stick to the spray glue and show through the pattern
7. Paint the lids using a testpot of metallic paint (I used Resene Lucifer, a metallic blue)
Then leave your jars somewhere sunny and wait til dark... turn off the lights and enjoy the glow!
The glow powder from Glow Solutions keeps glowing nearly all night, night after night (as long as you leave it somewhere bright to absorb light during the day). It's also waterproof.
My glow-jar photography might suck (please no nasty comments) but the actual jars look pretty and THEY WORK! They will make a perfect take-home gift for our Peter Pan party... you know... Tinkerbell in a jar?
Get Glow in the Dark powder from HERE
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