31 DIY projects in 31 days – Mason Jar Glow Stick Lanterns

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31 DIY projects in 31 days – Day Thirty-One

Glow Stick Lanterns

Day Thirty-One – Glow Stick Lanterns. I thought these were the perfect DIY project for Halloween. They looked great lining our sidewalk leading up to our front door. These were such a fun way to light the path for trick-or-treaters!

Here is my first attempt at making Mason Jar Glow Stick Lanterns!

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When I originally did this project in October of 2011 I used glow stick bracelets. Some blogs will tell you to add water while others don’t. I found, with the thin bracelet and necklace glow sticks, that the glow solution just wasn’t strong enough to be diluted by water. I also found when shaking these jars that the liquid and glass from the glow stick stuck pretty well to the sides of the jar. I spent $1 on a pack of 15 bracelets.

In this update I decided to use three different versions. I used the big stick glow sticks for two of the lanterns (blue & purple) and four (pink) necklace glow sticks for the third.  If you are using the big stick glow sticks and want to fill the jar up with water you can. You’ll need to use a lot of glow sticks so it doesn’t dilute them too much. I used three big sticks per jar. To completely fill a  jar it would take about ten! What I haven’t really figured out yet is how to get that much liquid to stick to the sides of the jar. Even when you add water the glow stick liquid doesn’t mix well with the water because it’s too oily. Adding glitter to the sides of jar seemed to really help diffuse the glow. I did not add water to the jar I put glitter in (the pink necklace glow sticks). I spent $8 and bought 6 big sticks and 2 packs (of 4) of necklace glow sticks.

Glow Stick Lanterns

Glow Stick Lanterns

Glow Stick Lanterns

Glow Stick Lanterns

Materials Needed: Glow sticks and Mason jars.

Glow Stick Lanterns

Glow Stick Lanterns | Mason Jars

Any great glow stick lantern success stories out there?

~ Naomi

Original inspiration and idea from Lil Blue Boo {found on Pinterest}

Woohoo for 31 in 31! It’s been such a great journey. Thank you for joining me!

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Glow Stick Lanterns

8 Comment

  1. I can’t wait to do this project with my kids!! Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Naomi says: Reply

      It was such a fun project! You will have to share pics when you do it. 🙂

  2. Tina says: Reply

    I’m confused…. Do you add water? If so, how much?

    1. Naomi says: Reply

      Don’t add water. One set of directions I found, said that they did. I found that adding water just diluted rather than spread. For a stronger glow use one of those big glow sticks or use more than one small stick per jar. I’ve also seen people add glitter.

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