Eerie Glowing Jars!





Introduction: Eerie Glowing Jars!

About: So glad you found me! I am a blogger, a photographer, an inspiration gatherer, a maker, a self proclaimed graphic design student, and a pretty things collector from Hungary. :) What you will find on my page ...

So as you may know I am a photographer of a 365 days projects - a mind blowing idea-bin, where you get either inspired one day, or wander around burnt out the other day. When it's inspiring, it's a really good day, when it's not... well, let's not talk about that.

Now you wonder how all this is connected to the above photo, am I right?

Well, this picture is one of the photos of the 'more inspired' days of 365 projects, and since I made it, people constantly asked me how to make them. (for decoration and photo prop purposes both)

I'd like to share the very easy way of making long-lasting glowing jars for your home, that is a perfect fit for eerie halloween decoration set ups. When it's dark, or even in a bit darker shade (at least with the paint I used) they emit this reeeally bright light for hours! (I can also state it works for years, I actually have glow jars made 5 years ago!)

Step 1: Grab Your Materials!

I have to say, probably this is the second to hardest step in this tutorial, I am telling you, this is really easy to make! :)

Get yourself a:

  • bowl filled with water (to clean the brush as much as you can when changing colors)
  • a brush that you don't mind ruining / a ruined brush
  • glow paint
  • jars!
  • safe clothing (the paint is water resistant when dried, so you can't get it out from anything)

The hard part is to find a glow paint that is bright and long lasting. I used poliglow for this project, but it's no longer available, even in the EU. There's a light at the end of the tunnel though: with a pinch of luck, you can find good quality glow in the dark paints* with just a bit of looking around on the internet. (*the link I provided is an affiliate link which means, that if you do choose to buy that paint, I get a small commission from your purchase - it does not mean you have to pay more for the product though)

Step 2: Shake, Shake, Stir, Stir, Get Ready to Dot!

This might seem like a made-up step, but... it's actually very important to stir your paint before you start making the actual project, to make the pigments mix well.

Step 3: Dot-a-lot!

On the inside of the jar, start making tiny dots.

Go from the top to the bottom of the jar, and try to keep the dots close to each other, but not too close so they become a big ball of paint in it - unless it's 2 different colors, that can actually work pretty well.

This is kind of a tedious process, if you are working with a bigger jar (in the tutorial, I used a small one), especially if you want to keep your work as precise as possible.

Don't rush it, if you get tired of it, since you can't wash the paint off, just put it away until you want to finish it. :)

Step 4: Charge...then Ta-daa!

After the paint dried, test your creation.

Put it under a lamp or out in the sun for a few minutes then you will see how much it glows even with this little time of charging.

Step 5: Where a Thank You Is Due...

Thank you for following me through this tutorial, I hope that some of you will like it, and maybe even try it one day - it is really a soothing DIY to make with all the dotting. :)

If you have questions or thoughts about this project, please do let me know, I would love to hear your feedback! If you are interested in more of my projects and collections of pretty things, don't hesitate to visit my blog :)

Now, go, and have a nice, creative day!

Ps.: Legend says that blacklight helps even more with the glowing effect, so if you have that around, give it a go!

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Thank you guys for your lovely thoughts, I just wanted to give a heads-up about comments that frequently appear under this, often in quite an attacking form, which I do not really think it's necessary, it saddens me a lot. :(

First of all, it seems like a problem that my english is not that great, since people get confused, please do try to read it again, and keep in mind that it's still easier to understand than if I wrote it in my mother tongue! :)

I have updated the instuctable, so hopefully it will no longer cause so much confusion about the water and water.resistance: the paint is only water resistant when it's dried. :)

The affiliate link does NOT mean, that you HAVE TO use it, you can just search for the same product on amazon, and buy it without affiliate (still, it does NOT mean that you have to pay more with an affiliate link, it's the same amount)

The photos are made 5 years ago, so please do excuse me, if my methods are not as divine as they should be :) I don't really have the resources for recreating them at this point of my life. Even though if you want it to look different, look in the comments, cause there are a LOT of good suggestions on it. :)

I really do appreciate the input on the project, it really started out from the above photo with which I wanted to portrait a 'galaxy' held in hands, so please keep in mind, that this first and foremost was a photograph, then became a project to share :)

Thanks for staying awesome!


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You have nothing to apologize for. Your English is fine and you produced a great instructible. Don't let Internet trolls bother you. Ray.

I thought there was an administrator that filtered trolls and the rules are, be nice or be gone. We are fortunate to have people participate from all over. The opportunity to gain knowledge and customs from other cultures is invaluable and can not be regarded as incorrect because the grammar and syntax is different.

Thats pretty cool.I had a similar accidental crafty experience last Halloween. I painted some store bought styrofoam headstones with florescent paints. I used a black light to illuminate the headstones in my "grave yard".. I cleaned off each paint brush in half filled plastic bottles of water. I was amazed when i turned out the lights at how neat the bottles of water looked in the black lit room. I wondered what the heck i could do with those bottles of water. Hey you should try using a black light out on your jars? And maybe mix some colors of water with florescents and put a lid on the jars. Set them in a window to glow. That would be cool. Thanks for sharing.

Hi, just a thought, I wonder if sticking a small LED inside the jar would act to both charge and make the dots glow stronger? This is only a thought. I love this instructable. ? DB

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Would certainly be worth some experiments! Seems likely that Ultraviolet LEDs would yield the best results, if any. Maybe even a solar panel in the lid, basic transistor-bias charging circuit, NiCADs/LiPOs, etc. ...?

Now you have to build those and post them... :D

Oops! After paging down a bit, I see that MartijnD already posted the same suggestion.

it will only charge it you could add a switch button to turn it off when it's charged

These are fantastic! I must make!

Sorry you got grief, your English is fine. The project is super cool.

I love this idea! You could probably use a Q-tip too to make the dots.

Your English is lovely. Your instructable is perfectly clear and very inspiring. I appreciate links to materials that will wor. Anyone who does not understand Amazon affiliate links in this day and age is just willfully ignorant. So sorry you recieved any negativity. Im looking forward to making these as soon as my paint arrives! Meanwhile, i am searching for a plastic jar so i can make one for a very small friend.

I think your instructable is just fantastic, English is my mother tongue and I don't see anything wrong with what you have said or demonstrated and to be quite honest, they want to be critical ask them to read it in Hungarian! You rock, I am definitely trying this with my grandchildren :)

Great instructable, and good to see other hungarians here:)

Thanks for this lovely tutorial, Luca!

Such an easy but awesome i'ble :) :) Will definitely make this :D

Thank you for the insieght, its a very interesting project.

Thank you for shareing.

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I got the paint and tried it on a clear plastic cup. I got 5 colors that all look translucent white when dry. The first night I got a decent glow from the green, and faint glows from the blue and purple. Subsequent nights, zero glow from any of it. Very disappointing. What happened? I did shake them, but maybe need to stir them better????

Hey! I made this and just love it! Im sorry you received any negative comments at all. I thought your English was terrific and easy to follow. Thank you for posting!!

Dear Luca,

Frankly, your English is better than that of many "netizens" for whom it is their FIRST and/or ONLY language!

Ignore the self-appointed "grammar police" and other such churlish critics....

...a great project AND a great 'ible!