How to Make Glowstrings




This instructable will teach you how to tie, hold, and make your own glowstrings.

**You can also find a video tutorial for this instructable and other glowsticking tutorials at

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Step 1: Materials

-You can use a regular 6 inch glowstick like you buy from wal-mart or any online glowstick manufacturer.

-The string doesn't need to be longer than 45 inches but, if you have an average sized hand, a 36 inch will fit fine.

Make sure to cut off the hook at the top of the glowstick. The reason for this is the strings can get tangled up in the hook when performing certain moves.

Step 2: How to Tie Your Glowstick

-Thread the string through the glowstick and pull it til it has equal length on both sides

-Tie the top of the strings with a square knot(or just any knot that won't easily come undone).

Step 3: How to Hold Your Glowstring

-First put your four fingers into the loop with your hand turned face up and the glowstick on the backside of your hand just like in the picture.

-Next thread the string through your middle and ring finger like so.

-Your main grip will be with your thumb and pointer fingers holding the string like so.

Step 4: How to Measure Your Glowstring

-To correctly measure your glowstring you should make sure that when you wrap the string around your four fingers 2 times that you catch the base of the glowstick in your hand like so.

**To see a video further explaining how to measure your glowstring and tips for finding the perfect length visit and surf over to the instructionals section.

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    17 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    their is a better way to tie them, that is:
    1. make your full loop with an extra 1/4'
    2. stick the opposite of the tied side threw the top of the glow stick.
    3. thread your tied side threw your untied end
    4. pull tight
    5. enjoy never having to untie and retie when you change glowsticks.

    link to image of knot:

    just that the metal ring will be your glowstick


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm getting into glowstringing and i'm so thankful to you!! also does anbody suggest glowstringing photons or inova's? like dancing with them and turning them in circles really fast!! if so hwere can i learn those moves?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i dunno what all these haters are talking about, this is a good instructable. although i knew about the wrapping around 2 times kinda subconsciously, its good to see how exactly to hold and make glowstrings. this would be very useful for actual glowstringers or anyone thats starting out


    10 years ago on Introduction

    really... im just asking nicely to please stop spamming your webiste you're trying to promote. sigh


    10 years ago on Introduction

    you're obviously only posting that to try and spam us, please stop. ugh


    11 years ago on Step 4

    This is pretty good. I also have seen where you can make a slipknot around a single finger ( I use my middle one ) and glowstring like that. Your tutorial was extremely helpful when I was first learning, however!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks man! I tried it and the results seem promising than my "string ring" idea. Thanks a lot.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I think you guys might be reacting a little too harshly. I looked over there website and I found whole discussions on proper technique for holding and tying these glowstrings. I think this is a legitimate instructable, but it may seem useless on the surface to a non-glowsticker (is that the right term?). Anyways, I think he should create another instructable detailing a move. Now that I can hold the strings right, I am ready to start doing tricks... ;)

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I could probably find articles and discussions on "How to hold three balls in your hands for juggling". But that doesn't mean that it would make a good instructable.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I know there is information on other sites, but the point is that this is kind of a ... lame instructable without any real depth to it. Including techniques in it would make it have some sort of point. I can tie loops without reading this. Its like an instruction on "How to hold three balls in your hands for juggling"


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Consider it training for spinning with fire. Check out and


    12 years ago on Introduction

    What's the lowest ranked instructable out there, because this may be catching up fast?


    12 years ago on Introduction

    While this is a decent indestructible, I would personally like to see some techniques rather then just how to tie a loop.

    It's so you can swing the glowsticks around in large, nifty looking patterns. (This, as I've found, can be infinitely entertaining to toddlers, teens, drunks and drugged up party-goers. As long as no one gets hit in the eye.)