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Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern
Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Melissa Allen
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My children think anything that glows is the coolest thing ever...and I think I agree! When I recently came across some glow-in-the-dark paint at the craft store, I knew it would be perfect for some safe child-friendly lanterns for the kids. These lanterns are perfect for Halloween, camp outs, and just for some glowing good fun!

How We Did It

Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

Seems like there are so many glow-in-the-dark paint options now. I liked this one because it was neon green and even when it's not glowing, it still is--well--glowing.

Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern
My daughter got to squeeze the paint in the jar. She loves this step. She always wants to add the paint no matter what we are doing.
Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern
It got even more fun with the next step. Close that lid tightly and....shake, shake, shake! We usually have a theme song to shaking projects so feel free to sing away during the shaking part. It makes it more fun!
Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

If you'd like a handle on your jar, connect two pipe cleaners. You want one to create a loop in the middle of the other.

Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

Next, just wrap the long pipe cleaner around the jar tightly. Twist it around securely so that you do not lose your jar during those lantern walks.

Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

There you have it! Now to get a good glow, we learned that keeping the jar outside in the sunlight before use works the best. By the time the sun goes down, you have a nice bright glow.

Keywords

halloween lantern

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Does it glow for a few hours?

posted by: Jacqueline on 10.26.2012

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That's a good question too. Can you put it back out in the sunlight and make it glow again?

posted by: Mitzi on 11.15.2013

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Would this work in a plastic container? We are making luminaries out of milk jugs and this would be better than a candle.

posted by: Mitzi on 11.15.2013

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