Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

Glow Paint + Jar = Glow Lantern

My children think anything that glows is the coolest thing ever...and I think I agree! When I recently came across some glow-in-the-dark paint at the craft store, I knew it would be perfect for some safe child-friendly lanterns for the kids. These lanterns are perfect for Halloween, camp outs, and just for some glowing good fun!

3 - 9
Est. Time:
<30 mins

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. jar
  2. glow-in-the-dark paint
  3. pipe cleaners
  1. Seems like there are so many glow-in-the-dark paint options now. I liked this one because it was neon green and even when it's not glowing, it still is--well--glowing.

  2. My daughter got to squeeze the paint in the jar. She loves this step. She always wants to add the paint no matter what we are doing.

  3. It got even more fun with the next step. Close that lid tightly and....shake, shake, shake! We usually have a theme song to shaking projects so feel free to sing away during the shaking part. It makes it more fun!

  4. If you'd like a handle on your jar, connect two pipe cleaners. You want one to create a loop in the middle of the other.

  5. Next, just wrap the long pipe cleaner around the jar tightly. Twist it around securely so that you do not lose your jar during those lantern walks.

  6. There you have it! Now to get a good glow, we learned that keeping the jar outside in the sunlight before use works the best. By the time the sun goes down, you have a nice bright glow.