Warning: Glow sticks are dangerous and poisonous so do not let your children play with them on their own or during the process of making these.
Glowing Halloween Nightlight
- Mason jars or other jar with tight fitting lid (Make sure each jar has a well-fitting lid. You will need to top the jar with the lid and shake to create the illumination. If the lid doesn’t fit properly, the glow stick material could spill.)
- Glow sticks (try to get the large ones. If you get the necklaces or small ones you will need more than one per jar.)
- Wipe out your jars. You want them to be clean and dry. If you are using old food jars be sure there is no food residue in them.
- Layer the bottom of the jar with glitter. I used blue for the blue and orange for the orange. I used about 1/2 an ounce in each jar.
- Crack the glow sticks to activate them. Break and crush them so there are no large pieces left. (I had this problem with my first run!)
- CAREFULLY cut the top off of the glow stick and pour the liquid into the jar.
- Screw the lid on as tight as you can and shake vigorously. My first jar leaked a little so I ended up cutting a piece of fabric to fit under the lid like people do when canning to get the air tight seal.
The jars kept glowing for about 4 hours which was wonderful!
This craft was fun and my boys took their jars to bed with them that night. It was a huge hit! I need to stress the importance of using caution with this craft. The glow stick liquid is DANGEROUS! Make sure the lids are air tight or you have the fabric barrier to keep it in the jar. If you are entrusting them to little ones I highly suggest hot gluing the lid so they cannot get it off.
You can also use these for Halloween party lights or paint faces on them to look light pumpkins as decorations. The possibilities are endless!
For more Halloween crafts and fun check out our Halloween Slime post!