Glow Stick Fairy Jars [Video Tutorial]

Have some fun with ordinary jars. Make them glow in the dark!
This specific tutorial was one of my favourite DIY video to shoot, not only because of the final effects but also all the experimenting and preparations part. It had taken quite a long time before we succeeded. After few trials, we almost gave up on this, thinking it is a total fail, and all those pretty pictures of glowing jars on the web are a simple lie.

Having all this experience now, I can easily give you all the tips and tricks to Glowing Fairy Jars success!

First of all, prepare for a little mess and tiny pieces of glass that can easily come out of the stick while you are cutting it. Although many sources say, the chemical light is oily and highly toxic, don’t worry, there are non-toxic ones available, and they are washable too (I was all glowing during trials).

Second and the most important is the quality. We have checked the cheap, chinese sticks, and they suck. They do not glow for even an hour, and, what is more, do not stick to the jar at all. Don’t save on this - you won’t regret!

What you need:


  • Hammer
  • Scissors

Supplies / ingredients:

  • Jars
  • Glow sticks
  • Safety glasses
  • Paper or foil
  • Gloves

Third thing is that there are two kinds of sticks: thin and thick ones with a bigger amount of fluid inside and the light coming out of them is so bright! To gain the galaxy or fairy effect we used thin glow sticks!








And in the end, the most important tip: Those cute, little, glowing dots that look like stars or fireflies, do not come out just like this. It is the crushed glass pipe, which you shake out of a stick as I did on the video. If you don’t crush it hard and then shake it out into the jar fast, the only thing that will come out, is the fluid that runs down the jar and forms something like ugly snots… unless you would want it ;)

Don’t forget to cut the stick on both ends – as it helps all the contents to come out.!

You are probably thinking about this beautiful jar with 3D effect we show you at the end of this video…
There is a smart solution for this. After you have shaken out one colour into the jar: use a simple fruit net (one that fruits are often wrapped with). Put it inside your glowing jar, empty the THICK stick of a different color into the bowl and “paint” the net with little drops. They beautifully stick to it forming a galaxy inside the jar!

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