Got a glow stick? Use it to make a bright and colorful decorative lantern to use around your home. These colorful glow in the dark lanterns can be used anywhere and made by anyone!
- glow sticks
- clear glass or plastic containers
Make Glowing Lanterns
- Snap a glow stick to activate it.
- Snip the end off of the glow stick.
- Shake the contents of the glow stick into a decorative container to make a glow in the dark lantern.
Tips and Safety Info
- Be sure your containers are dry. Water interferes with the chemical reaction that makes glow sticks glow.
- While glow sticks typically are labeled as non-toxic, they are not edible. Don't drink the liquid; do wash any glassware used in this project before using it with food.
- Usually you break a glass tube inside a glow stick in order to activate it. You will shake the glass out with the liquid. Be careful of the glass so that you don't accidentally cut yourself.
- This can be a messy project! It's a good idea to shake out the glow stick liquid over some newspapers or a kitchen counter. The glow stick liquid can stain carpets, clothing, etc.
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of this project.