If you have a fairy fan at your house you will love this super cool DIY fairy jar craft project! With just a couple simple materials you can make a mason jar night light that will actually glow in the dark. This fairy craft is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th garde, and 6th graders. Whether you make your fairy light jars as a fun summer activity for kids or as a tinkerbell craft – this is sure to be a hit in your house!
We made our fairy jar back in 2011 before it was all the rage. Back then we made it with glow in the dark paint to it would glow over and over again night after night. Since then some creative person discovered you can add glow sticks to the jar to make a much more vibrant glow. I added our project we made with this glowstick technique for you to compare. No matter which way you make your fairy light mason jar this is sure to be a favorite craft for kids from preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. We made ours as a summer craft for kids that we had on our summet list.
Fairy light jars
All you need are a few simple supplies to make this project:
- glass Mason canning jar
- glow in the dark paint
- Glow in the dark stick
Mason jar night light
The inspiration behind our first jars was actually fireflies! I loved catching lightening bugs in summer evenings at my Grandma’s house. I wanted them to stay in my jar with me forever. But we had to let them back where they belonged in nature. This firefly jar will glow over and over again, night after night!
Summer Crafts for Kids
Use colors you like to make little dots out of the glow-in-the-dark paint all over the outside of the jar. Allow it to dry completely. You can add your favorite Disney Fairy such as Bess, Fira, Tinker Bell, Lily, Beck, Prilla, Rani, and Vidia to the inside with some twigs, leaves, etc. My kids LOVED this part!
Summer Activities for Kids
As you can see the jars have a pretty glow and you can tell the difference between the colors you use. I think they are so pretty. They will fade throughout the night, but recharge again if sitting by a sunny window to absorb light.
Fairy light mason jar
If you want a more DRAMATIC look, you do not add a fairy (unless you don’t mind not playing with her anymore) and you will activate several thick glow sticks according to the package instructions- you know snap in the middle and shake. Now cut the top off and pour the liquid into the jar and add your lid. Close the lid of your jar and shake it up to get it to coat the inside of the jar. For ours we did both the glow in the dark paint AND the glow stick for a more multi-dimmensional look.
WARNING: The liquid is not meant for children or playing with. I don’t suggest you get it on your skin or leave it unattended with children lest they unintentially swallow the material trying to glow or something odd like kids can sometimes do. So although we tried it this way to see the EPIC glow. As a cautious parent, we stuck with our simple, a little less vivid method.
Fairy mason jar
This is such a fun summer activity for kids to clebrate lightening bugs, fairies, or just enjoy running around in the great outdoors!
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