Today we are talking about glow jars. Or fairy jars, star jars, constellation jars...whatever y'all call them in your neck of the woods.
There are two ways that people claim you can make glow jars. We decided to test them both with fabulous friends.
Needed for Method One:
Jar with lid
"Open a jar and cut open a glow stick. Empty the contents into the jar."
Secondly, and this is IMPORTANT. There is GLASS inside the glow sticks. Normally you have to "snap" a glow stick to get it to light. That is because there is a glass vial inside the plastic holding the glowy juice. When the glass breaks from the "snap", the reaction starts. Which means when you cut both ends of the glow sticks to get the liquid out (and you have to cut both ends or the liquid doesn't drip out) you're going to mess with the glass inside.
Be careful. Because little shards of glass in the finger
|Jar with glowy juice inside. :)|
Pinterest Bustin' Tip: If you tip the jar on it's side just a little and pour the glitter on the inside side (not bottom), you'll have more luck with it evenly distributing around the jar when you shake. If you dump the glitter right into the bottom of the jar, the glitter soaks up all the glowy juice and doesn't distribute all that well.
In our experience, this glow jar worked immediately, as shown by Ten Year Old Hmmmschooler who shoved it under the table because it was the darkest place nearby.
We then took all our glow jars to the dark hallway.
So did we bust the pin? Nope. Not even close. It totally worked. However, after about an hour these jars are done glowing and can't be recharged. Which means we needed to test Method Two, which claimed to be the longer lasting, rechargeable method.
Needed for Method Two:
"Use your paint to put little dots on the inside of the jar."
"Set it in the sun to soak up light, and then put in a dark room to see the magic."
Um...what? These jars sat in the sun for eight hours.
Method Two was supposed to be the longer lasting, rechargable version.
Did we bust the pin regarding method two?
Um...I think so.
So there you have it. Two methods of glow jars tested together by a few hmmmschoolers and the fabulous folks at Once Upon a Family.
Hey, if we need to keep bustin' pins for your entertainment and educational advancement...that's a sacrifice we're willing to make. :)