Introduction: Glow-in-the-dark Pool Lanterns

Alright! Let's make some glow-in-the-dark-pool lanterns! It's essentially a regular balloon that contains a glow stick, which then floats in your pool. Make several, place them in your pool, and have fun! Not only will these will make you glow with happiness, each pool lantern only takes about five minutes to make. Let's get started!

Step 1: Gather Materials

You only need two things for this project:

1. Balloons
2. Glow sticks

Both of which you can find at a dollar store! The glow sticks can be of almost any size, though I recommend the ones which are typically sold as bracelets. Glow sticks smaller in size work just as well.

Step 2: Break Those Glow Sticks!

It's time for everyone's favorite part about glow sticks. Make the glow stick glow by bending it until you hear several small pops, and keep bending until you don't hear any more pops. Be careful not to crack it open, though, or you'll get all that glow liquid on yourself!

**Do not ingest contents of glow stick**

Step 3: Inflate That Balloon!

Now place your glow stick aside and grab a balloon! Inflate the balloon, but don't tie it yet. Simply hold the mouth of the balloon as shown to make sure no air escapes it. Note that if you tie the balloon here, you will have neither a pool nor a lantern. Just a balloon.

Step 4: Insert Glow Stick Into Balloon

This part can be a bit tricky, but I believe in you! While still holding the mouth of the inflated balloon in one hand, grab the glowing glow stick from earlier. Take the tip of the glow stick and slowly begin inserting it into the balloon until it is completely inside. Try not to let any air escape! This might take a few tries, but it is definitely doable. The picture shows what it should look like halfway through the process.

Step 5: Voila!

Excellent work, friend! Now that the glow stick is fully inside the balloon, go ahead and tie the balloon. And there you have it! Feel free to make a few of these for some fun lighting in your pool, or prank your neighbor with hundreds in theirs.


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