Tuesday, 26 February 2013

DIY Rechargeable Fairy Glow Jars

WELL... It's been a while, eh?
I really have no good excuse! Last week the internet was out in my building, and the week before that I was just out and about!
So to say I'm sorry, here is a nice flower and a sloth... just for you!
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awwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Alright, so lets get back on track... here is my tutorial for your very own DIY Rechargeable Fairy Glow Jars!
This is an oldie but a goodie
Before I even start with what materials you'll need, just a note about glow sticks...
Glow sticks are fun on Halloween, at raves, school dances, whatever... but they are not fun when you cut them up and splash them around a jar. I know at least a few of you thought that this tutorial would include glow sticks, but put those away and save them for another time.... why am I so against using glowsticks? Here are a few reasons:
♥ It's toxic (or at least some brands are)
♥ You know when you bend the glow stick to get it going, and you hear a crack? That's glass... you are breaking glass
that means a) You are going to be working with broken glass
and b) the glass gets stuck in the tube and makes it hard to get all the liquid out
♥ It only lasts a few hours at best
♥ It gets pretty messy

That being said, if you want to try it out with your glow sticks, go ahead! Just break it, slice it open, and splash it around the inside of your jar... but I warned you! hahaha

If you want to try it my way (the better way ;), you'll need...
♥ A Mason jar- I've seen them sold at Canadian Tire or grocery stores, but I got mine from my grandma
♥ A paint brush- or really anything with a round circular end
♥ Glow in the dark paint- I didn't know this existed until a few weeks ago! It's awesome! You can recharge it as many times as you want, they come in different colours, and it's totally cheep... about 2$ per bottle from your local craft store
A little warning though, the Americana brand paint on the left (in the picture below) worked great! But the pink Apple Barrel one barely worked; however, it may have just been my specific bottle


Okay... here we go!
Dip the end of your paint brush into your paint... the reason I use the wooden end of the brush is because it gives you perfect circles... unfortunately, although you will be painting about 1000 little dots on your mason jar, you can really tell when one looks more like a smudge than a dot... remember, these are supposed to look like little fireflies!

Paint, paint, paint, paint, paint!
This takes a white... you want a lot of dots! The more the better it looks... and in different shapes and sizes!
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Charge it in the sun on under a lamp and turn out the lights!
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Turn out the lights!
And there you go!
Aren't these adorable? And so easy. You could even do these with kids as a craft project, because who doesn't love glow paint!?
These are on my windowsill right now, but I'd love to make a bunch and use them as a centerpiece for those evening garden parties in the summer

So hopefully by now you guys are forgiven me for going MIA... I promise it won't happen again!
Love you guys,

♥ Olivia

32 comments:

  1. How long did these last? Thinking about doing something like this, but it depends on how long the glow lasts :)

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    1. The glow probably only lasts about 5 minutes... 10 tops
      But it really depends on what paint you use!
      If you want something that lasts longer, I would recommend just doing the cut-the-glow-stick technique, but as I mentioned, it's kind of dangerous, messy, and only lasts for about as long as a glowstick usually would!
      Hope this helps!
      xo

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    2. Glowsticks are not tockick

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  2. can you recharge the glow sticks

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  3. Great glow paint available by glonation last hours but is a bit pricey(6-10$ per ounce).

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    1. Whoever suggested Glonation for all your glow in the dark needs was right on! They have some paints and powders in two specific colors that last for 8+ hours! It would be great making a firefly jar that would glow for hours!

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  4. my paint works really well thanks for the tip although i don't remember the brand or the name

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  5. how long does it last? does it last forever?

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    1. the glow only lasts a few minutes :) but ive had mine for about 2 years and they still recharge!
      hope this helps!

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    2. Yeah, that's why I only use the glow paint to do this! It works better.

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  6. Nice project.. wish to do it immediately.. Thanks for sharing..

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    1. awe thank you!
      let me know how it goes :)

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  7. how do you recharge the paint? do you just leave it in the sun

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    1. yup! or under a lamp
      hope this helps!

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  8. I'm trying to make pixie dust. do you think I could fill the jar with sparkly powder as well to have a glow effect and a dust effect?

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    1. I think it would work!
      because of the light it would bounce off the glitter and make it sparkle... that's awesome :p let me know how it goes!

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  9. Where can you get the American paint??

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  10. What do you think of putting a light or a candle inside the jar... would that work as a way of keeping the glow? I was thinking of using these as centerpieces, etc. for my wedding! :)

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  11. In addition to this, you can fill the jar with mineral oil, add some glycerin, and then add glitter of different shapes and sizes....charge the jar, then shake it, and the glitter will "dance" in the mineral oil. Mineral oil slows down the rate the glitter falls, and the glycerin keeps the glitter from clumping. :)

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  12. where did you bought the glow in the dark paint in Singapore?

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  13. I was going to ask about filling with liquid..but does it rehydrate the paint over time?

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  14. I was going to ask about filling with liquid..but does it rehydrate the paint over time?

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  15. I must say the paint works much better than the glow stick!! X.... I used them a ls bday decorations and everyone loved them!!!!!

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  16. I am having this party for like 7 hours and I want to have this project as the table centers so my question is will they last for 7-8 hours?

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  17. I am having this party for like 7 hours and I want to have this project as the table centers so my question is will they last for 7-8 hours?

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  18. Can I use a plastic jar as I am worried my toddler may break the glass jar?

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  20. Can I use a Gatorade bottle or a plastic water bottle because I'm afraid that the glass will break.

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  22. how did it work?

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