Quick Easy Glow Jars

Introduction: Quick Easy Glow Jars

Greet your ghostly and goblin guest's with these cute little glowing jack-O-lanterns.

Step 1: Mask

Wipe the jar down with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol to remove finger prints.

I then used 2 inch masking tape to completely cover the jar ( I don't like over spray ) .

Step 2: Draw, Cut, Peel,

Using a sharpie I drew on some creepy faces, carefully cut the faces out using an razor knife, spray the jars with flat black spray paint 2 coats did the trick for me. After the paint is dry, carefully peel the masking tape off.

Step 3: Adding the Glow

For each jar I used 1 glow stick.

Break the glow stick to activate the chemicals and carefully cut the top off the tube, pour the liquid into the jar and seal it up. Dispose of the empty glow stick carefully.

Now just swirl the liquid around inside the jar to coat the inside.

These lasted 2 hours, from the time I poured them till they were dead.

Caution: Glow sticks contain chemicals that should be handled and treated with respect.

Most glow sticks contain a small glass vial inside the plastic tube that
contains a mixture of hydrogen peroxide in phthalic ester. Outside of the glass vial is another chemical called phenyl oxalate ester.

More info on dangers of opening glow sticks

Thanks for looking.

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29 Discussions

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DanielV67
DanielV67

5 years ago

i wish there was a permanent glow

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tecton47
tecton47

Reply 5 years ago

I hear there is quite a bit of cheap real estate in and around Chernobyl.

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hannahleabowman
hannahleabowman

Reply 5 years ago

I have jars similar to this that I painted the inside with glow-in-the-dark paint. They don't glow nearly as bright as the glow stick, but they are still going strong since I made them 2 years ago. Since the glow-in-the-dark paint makes the glass "foggy" I have placed the dollar store battery operated tea lights into them during parties to give them a glow when it wasn't dark.

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hirukaabeywickrama
hirukaabeywickrama

2 months ago

nice things for bed
and a permenet glow would be nice

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davidfer
davidfer

5 years ago

It fluoresces quit brightly, but it's a pale blue color, not the dayglo you might get from the other methods. Even works if there happens to be a little gin in that tonic :)

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paul the maker
paul the maker

5 years ago

love it so simple but looks amazeing

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u24rdell
u24rdell

5 years ago

Great instructable! I'm making some tonight!

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thesnowtheriver
thesnowtheriver

5 years ago

good job on the little faces. that's what makes it really work.

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Jack of Most Trades
Jack of Most Trades

5 years ago

Gee, who emptied their bladder in your breakfast cereal this morning?

You could rinse out the jars and store them till next Samhain, no?

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michaelnelson
michaelnelson

5 years ago

1) Glow stick fluid is non-toxic. 2) Jars are not sterile... at least not until you sterilize it. ;)

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davidfer
davidfer

5 years ago

Fun project! If you have a blacklight you can get a similar effect by filling the jars with tonic water which fluoresces light blue under UV rather spookily. You can even float things in it for added effect. Tonic water is inexpensive and safe. Refill every year for endless fun.

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ctgypsy
ctgypsy

5 years ago

Killjoy

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0zzy
0zzy

5 years ago

that's so cool and I've already got every thing so I'm definitely going to make sum of these

Thanks for sharing your cool jars

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jakesplacebc
jakesplacebc

5 years ago

Very cute. ? I went to the local dollar store and they had small glo bracelets which may be an alternative to breaking the glo sticks.

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irishbaddog
irishbaddog

5 years ago

this is amazing

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Granddaughters3
Granddaughters3

5 years ago

Awesome! Very creative. I would like to see the glow time extended. Can you reglow a 2nd time?