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!
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!
Charge it in the sun on under a lamp and turn out the lights!
|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,