Monday, April 23, 2012

Stars in a Jar

I'm sure many of you have seen the ever-so-popular Stars in a Jar picture on Pinterest. Here's a refresher:
Photo credit: Pinterest.
It appears that this photo has no identifiable source but I wanted to do a craft with Noah's younger cousin's so I set about the world wide web for some research and read about two different ways to do this:

A: Using small paint brushes, paint the inside of the jar with glow in the dark paint. We tried this. Does the glow in the dark paint work? Yes. It works best if left under a bright lamp to "charge" first. While it worked in theory, it really made more glowy blob dots than looking anything like the picture above. We did have fun doing it though and did a few different things in the jars for fun but it's not what I was looking for.

B: Use the insides of glowsticks. This was the winner. I'll give it a little better breakdown.

You'll need:
  • A jar
  • Scissors
  • Glowstick necklace (I used a very large Mason jar & 1.5 necklaces in the jar. You can get these at the Dollar Store I'm pretty sure but I grabbed mine at Michael's since I was already there)
  • Gloves to keep the gunk off your fingers
Ridiculously easy instructions:
  • Break/activate the necklaces to glow then cut the necklace into three pieces. (Using the shorter pieces allowed me to isolate the colors and the liquid seemed to run out easier when they were shorter.)
  • Tap each pieces back and forth on the inside of the glass, repeat until sticks are gone. Note: make sure to get the bottom all the way to the top for best look.
  • Seal the jar & take outside to enjoy.

They loved making it & Zeke loved looking at it. We even made a mini jar of red & Zeke took it in the car that night & stared at it until he fell asleep.

Fun, easy craft for the kids this summer. Give it a try! :)

1 comment:

  1. i hadn't seen this! how cool is that? it'd be cool to put a bunch on the deck for a night out. thanks for stopping by crayon freckles the other day. am a new follower of yours!


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