DIY Glow Lanterns
There are 2 types of glow materials: phosphorescent and fluorescent. Phosphorescents glow due to the phosphors that they contain. Phosphors can radiate light after they have absorbed energy from the sun or another source of bright light. The phosphors soak up the energy from the light, and then they radiate this energy as light. Fluorescent glowing materials need use of an ultraviolet light source, like the ones in glow-bowling or other glow play centres. The two glowing crafts we suggest here make use of phosphorescent glow sticks and phosphorescent paint. Both are non-toxic and safe to work with. However, please cover your work areas as these materials can stain surfaces.
How It Works!
The iridescent glitter reflects the light from the glow stick contents to make the jar glow brighter.
To Make You Will Need:
1 clear mason jar
2 glow sticks
1 pair of scissors
1 pair of rubber/protective gloves
1⁄2 tsp. iridescent white/clear glitter
1. Bend the glow stick (snap, crack) and shake to activate and glow.
2. Put on your gloves to protect your hands. Have a parent assist in cutting off the end of the activated glow stick and pouring the contents of the glow stick into the jar.
3. Pour the glitter into the jar. You will need enough glitter to coat the inside of the jar.
4. Put the lid on the jar and seal tightly. Shake the jar until it is evenly coated on the sides. 5. In a dark area, watch how this jar glows!
NOTE: This glowing jar will last approximately 4 hours. So prepare it just before you need it.
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