Fun Things to Do With Glow Sticks

Updated on August 30, 2017
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Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products.

How Do Glow Sticks Work?

Have you ever wondered what causes a glow stick to glow? The glow is actually created when two different chemicals inside the stick mix together. One chemical is inside a very thin glass tube and the other is on the outside of the glass tube. When you bend the glow stick to activate the color, you are actually breaking the glass tube inside and allowing the two chemicals to mix.

Much to my amazement, the chemicals are non-toxic. If you accidentally bend the stick too far and the chemical inside starts leaking out, just be sure to thoroughly wash it off of your skin because it may cause a minor skin rash.

Because they are safe to use and because of my recent fascination with them, I've gathered together some really awesome ideas on how to use them.

Take a Glowing Bath

  • Crack a few sticks, throw them into the tub, and start running the water.
  • Shut the door, turn the light out, and jump in.
  • The glow sticks will be brighter than you think! You will be bathing in a spectacular glowing tub of water, and this gives the bathroom a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.
  • You can even mix colors together to form a different color. For example, red and blue will make it glow purple.
  • This activity is very popular with kids, but I have to admit, I would love to give this one a try myself. Oh, don't forget the bubbles!

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glow sticks in the bath! | Source

Tip

To get the best possible glow, shake the stick after you bend it so that the two chemicals mix thoroughly. This glow should last you a good 8 hours.

Glow Stick Photography

  • You can use a regular digital camera and some glow sticks to take some very cool pictures!
  • Have a friend or one of the kids spell their name in the dark with a glow stick.
  • As they start, take a picture at the lowest shutter speed.
  • It may take a little practice, but you will be amazed when you see the glowing name in the photo.
  • Do the same thing with shapes or whatever you want—just make sure the camera is on the lowest shutter speed.
  • You can still capture some cool pics with the light on, but it's so much better in the dark!

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Taking a picture while spelling "love"  with glow sticks.
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glow sticks making a spiral in a photo | Source

Glow Stick Games

  1. Glowing Frisbee: After activating a glow stick necklace (without a connector), tape it directly in the middle of the Frisbee. Now you have a neon disc to throw around after dark!
  2. Hide-and-Seek: The number of glow sticks you need for this activity will depend on the number of people playing. Someone has to hide all of the glow sticks in various places in the house. Then, turn the light out and have everyone look for them. This is a super fun activity for the kids!
  3. Glow Stick Soccer: Tape some glow sticks firmly around a plastic ball. Have the members of each team wear the glow stick of their color. For example, one team will wear red and the other blue. Go out to a dark field at night and play some soccer with the glowing ball.
  4. Glow Stick Tag: Have each player tie a glow stick loosely to their belt loop or some part of their clothing. The person doing the tagging has to jerk the glow stick off of the other players. The last person with the glow stick on is the winner.
  5. Glow Stick Scavenger Hunt: Similar to hide-and-seek, this is also a fun outdoor activity. You play by hiding several glow sticks. Have everybody look for them. The person who finds the most wins a prize. You can also add a star to one of the glow sticks, and whoever finds the one with the lucky star wins a prize.

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Glow Stick Party Décor

Are you planning on having a party at night or a kids' slumber party? At your next event you can:

  • Put glow sticks inside balloons and scatter them around the room for décor. Hang them from the ceiling or let people play with glowing balloons!
  • Tape some glow sticks to the ceiling fan for a neat light show!
  • Make a pretty glowing lantern by using a clear jar. Start by cutting the end of the glow stick off and pouring the contents into the jar. Then, shake the jar. If you add water, the glow will last longer. Place these jars all around the room.
  • Spray any size jar with frosted spray paint, and then add some glow sticks. This also makes a beautiful glowing lantern or an awesome nightlight.
  • Make glowing drinking cups. Take two plastic cups (one clear and one opaque). Putting a glow stick bracelet on the bottom of the opaque cup, and then take the clear cup and stack it on top. Add ice and your clear beverage of choice (like Sprite). For a better photo-illustrated tutorial of this project, you can check out Kim Danger's blog Mommy Savers.
  • Wear glow sticks on your clothes, turn on some music, turn the lights off, and dance!

Tip

The liquid continues to glow even when it is outside of the tube. I've heard of people busting glow sticks open to splash the liquid onto a T-shirt for a splotchy glowing effect, but the liquid has very small shards of glass in it, so this is not a good idea.

Glow Stick Outdoor/Pool Party Ideas:

  • Take small baby food jars that have been sprayed with frosted paint and drop a glow stick in each jar. Place them around your yard at night to create "fairy lights" in the grass.
  • Take white lunch bags and turn them upside down. Gather up each bag a few inches from the top (which is actually the bottom) and put a rubber band around each one. Fan out the top of the bag and shape it like a mushroom top. Add a glow stick below the rubber band and add another rubber band to keep the sacks gathered close to the glow sticks. Now stick them in the ground and take a look at all of the glowing mushrooms!
  • Make frosted lanterns. Paint jars with frosted spray paint and add glow sticks. Then scatter them around outside or use them as centerpieces on your tables.
  • For a pool party, you could place some glow sticks inside of balloons and float them on the surface of the pool to create a glowing atmosphere on the water.
  • You can weigh down glow sticks with something heavy (like a washer) and drop them around the bottom of the pool. You can also let them float on the surface of the water.
  • Are you doing a holiday party? Use red, white, and blue glow sticks for the 4th of July; orange, green, and purple for Halloween; and green for St. Patrick's Day. Use white-colored ones for weddings or pink for a girl's party.
  • Make beautiful glowing centerpieces with water beads and a glow stick(s). The step-by-step instructions for glowing wedding centerpieces can be found on the Bicaostal Bride blog. I bet you could use marbles for this too.

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glowing drinks! | Source
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glow sticks in a swimming pool! | Source
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glowing mushrooms | Source
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centerpiece using glow sticks | Source

Glow Stick Tips and Tricks

  • When taking a large group of children to the movies, give each kid a glow stick necklace or bracelet. That way, you can easily stick together as a group in the dark movie theater.
  • When skating or riding a bike in the dark, tape some glow sticks around the top of the skates or the bicycle to make yourself visible.
  • Keep some in your car for traveling, just in case the car breaks down at night. They are a great light source and will definitely come in handy.
  • Keep some handy at home during storm season in case the electricity goes out.
  • Storing glow sticks in the freezer makes them last longer.
  • To make them glow brighter, put them in the microwave for no longer than 10 seconds. Be sure it's only 10 seconds because they will explode if you leave them longer. If you are scared of putting them in the microwave, run them under hot water. It's important to mention that although adding heat will make them brighter, it slightly shortens their life.

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        Katelyn 

        3 months ago

        The fan idea is great! Except the fact that during a power outage the fan does not work. But fun to do when the fun doesn’t work!

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        Top Gifts 

        23 months ago

        I like the glow stick games. Pretty cool.

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        Jamie Brock 

        2 years ago from Texas

        gatheringgarden- I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub!

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        gatheringgarden 

        2 years ago

        awesomeness! Might be my favorite hub:) will be doing some of these with my kiddos for sure!

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        Jamie Brock 

        3 years ago from Texas

        monika- I'm not sure actually...but I don't see why there would be a problem unless the chemicals in the helium and the stick react to each other and I don't know how that would happen because the chemicals inside the glow stick are encased in plastic.. That would be so cool though! If you find out and try it, please let me know how it worked. Floating, glowing balloons would be so pretty. Thanks for dropping by!

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        monika 

        3 years ago

        you can put glow stick in a balloon for extra glow but can you use helium to make the balloon float is that safe

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        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        FictionFish- You are very welcome! Hopefully you were able to use a few of the ideas with your kids at church!

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        FictionFish 

        4 years ago

        Those are great ideas and I want to use them with my kids group at church. I think they will have a super time with them. Thanks for the article.

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        Fuzzypro 

        4 years ago

        Yah i would too so cool!!! :D LOL

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        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        grand old lady- Thank you :) Oh yes, I bet the glow sticks would be beautiful in the beer and wine bottles :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        ilikegames- Thank you so much!!

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        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        Kim- Glow stick bowling..HOW cool!! sounds like so much fun, love it! Glad you enjoyed the hub...thank you so much for dropping by :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        Kim- Oh wow.. that is an awesome idea.. thank you for sharing :)

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        Sarah Forester 

        4 years ago from Australia

        Wow so many amazing possibilities!

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

        4 years ago from Philippines

        Lovely ideas, especially the one about making lanterns by filling jars with glow sticks. I collect beer and wine bottles and now they can be put to use.

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        Sarah Forester 

        4 years ago from Australia

        Love this Hub, I don't think anyone can deny how much fun glow sticks are!

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        KIm 

        4 years ago

        Oh, and also, Another awesome glow stick activity is to do some glowstick bowling! Take water bottles (preferably the sturdier kind like gatorade or something, especially if you are doing this in an area you don't want water on) and put some water in them. You need 10 for 1 game/lane and it works best if they are all the same kind, or at least filled with the same amounts of water. The more water the harder they will be to knock down. Then bend the glowstick and drop the whole stick in the bottle (don't break it open or anything, just the whole stick :) ) Grab a ball, turn off the lights and go for it! We used a hula hoop to mark where they had to stand and had two sets so then you can move the "pins" in different ways or put them all together and have 2 kids take a ball at the same time, etc!

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        Kim 

        4 years ago

        I work at summer camps and one thing we did with staff at the end of the summer after the kids had all gone home and the cleaning was done was glow stick swimming. Each person got a glow stick and we went out into the lake. The glow stick was for the lifeguard to help see us, so we each wore one on our wrist and if there was a glowstick floating by itself or under the water for too long they would know to get everyone out and help the person.

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        Jamie Brock 

        4 years ago from Texas

        Leo14- Thank you so much!

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        Leo14 

        5 years ago

        These ideas are great I never thought there was so much to do with glowsticks

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Laurel Parker- Oh, that does sound like a lot of fun!! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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        Laurel Parker 

        5 years ago

        We love to sit in the backyard after dark and always put a glow stick necklace around our dog's neck so we can see where he is. We live on a lake with a walking path and never cease to amuse/scare the after dark walkers with the floating glow stick running around our yard.

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Dan- That IS a great idea! Gotta be able to find the outhouse, that's for sure! Thank you so much for dropping by and for commenting :)

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        Dan 

        5 years ago

        Hey! Cool post!

        Here's another use, when we go camping in large groups we use them to light up the door of the out house, and then stick another inside. The site we usually rent doesn't have power, so it gets really dark if its cloudy. The glow sticks last all night, so no matter how drunk people get we can always find the out house.

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        topkidsreview- You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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        David Heinz 

        5 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

        My kids love glow sticks. I can't wait to use these ideas. Thanks for all the great info on glow sticks.

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        nichellewebster- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Leslie Outlaw- Thank you so much! I appreciate the positive feedback and votes up :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Wasteless Project- That is a good question.. I never really even thought about that. I'm going to have to look into it.... since they are made with plastic, perhaps they can be recycled? Definitely worth looking into! Thanks for dropping by :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        rambofen044- That is an interesting idea! I have never thought of DIY glow sticks. Definitely worth looking into. Thanks for dropping by!

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        Nichelle Webster 

        5 years ago from Silicon Valley

        What a fun Hub. I never knew so many cool and even beautiful things to do with glow sticks.

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        Leslie 

        5 years ago from South Carolina

        I really loved some of the uses for glow sticks you mentioned in your hub. The games are great for camping trips and the photography sounds like good fun as well. I also love the party ides. Voted up and useful!

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        Wasteless Project 

        5 years ago from Worldwide

        Hello Jamie, as you mentioned that glow sticks are non toxic I was wondering if that also means that discarding the used sticks (and producing them to begin with) isn't hazardous for the environment? I always loved the playful possibilities of these sticks but intuitively stayed away from them, because I assumed that they were equal to yet more toxic waste on this planet... Would be happy to know that they aren't that bad after all.

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        Rambo Fen 

        5 years ago from Raipur

        All these ideas are very cool and realistic..... I would be interested in knowing if it's possible to make these sticks at home or are the chemicals available in the market.

        Thanks

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Greg- Wow! This does sound awesome..love the idea of attaching the glow sticks to the balloons.... I bet that was very cool to watch. Also, the cauldron with the smoking and glowing punch and swimming pool both sound really neat! Dry ice and glow sticks...who would of thought it?! I bet those kids had a blast... and will always remember that Halloween. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I'm going to keep this in mind for future Halloweens :)

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        Greg 

        5 years ago

        I once bought a bunch of large helium balloons and tethered them all together with long pieces of very light string. Under each balloon I hung a green glowstick and let them all go (at night, obviously). The effect was amazing. The air currents moved the balloons and glowsticks all around so all you could see was these spooky green lights twisting and turning in the sky. We also had a halloween party for the neighborhood kids and my wife made a punch out of various sodas and juices. We bought a plastic party cauldron and put the punch in there with some dry ice and glowsticks. It was bubbling and smoking and all lit up. Each kid got a plastic goblet and my wife would ladle juice into their cups. They couldn't get enough! And out in the pool that night I put more green glowsticks and dry ice, so it looked like a smoky, bubbling swamp. It was so cool!

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        Shiley- I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub! Yes, I think these would be SO MUCH fun at your daughters next slumber party for sure :)

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        Karen Shiley 

        5 years ago from Washington

        These are some great ideas for using glow sticks at my daughters next slumber party!

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        Jamie Brock 

        5 years ago from Texas

        pstraubie48- I had a lot of fun researching for this hub... I had no idea how many ways glow sticks could be used! Thank you for sharing this, for the vote up and for pinning. I really appreciate it :)

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        Patricia Scott 

        5 years ago from sunny Florida

        Great tips. Glow sticks are a hit at every party and you have opened up a whole new world of uses for them. Thanks for sharing...Voted up and pinned.

        Sending Angels to you and yours ps

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        logoquiz- Thank you so much for dropping by.. glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Kris Heeter- You are welcome :) I fell in love with glow sticks after I did this hub.. I have a whole sack full.. I always grab one or two when I go to the Dollar Tree. Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub!

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        Missy 

        6 years ago from London

        What a wonderfully unique hub! Had never heard of any of these ideas, but I could easily use them all! Especially like the taking cool photos and the bath idea is so cool!

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        Kris Heeter 

        6 years ago from Indiana

        Wow, I never would have even though of using them in a bathtub or pool - that's pretty cool! Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Some one- Thank you so much for dropping by... I think the bath one is my fave too :)

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        Some one 

        6 years ago

        I loved all of them but I think my favorite was the bath one

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        ashlin- That's cool! Do you have any other things that you do with them that I didn't cover here? I always love to learn new things to do with glow sticks. Thanks for dropping by :)

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        ashlin 

        6 years ago

        glow sticks are my thing

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        benkling- Ya know, I didn't even think about them being distracting in the theater but that's a good point. I was surprised myself to learn how many ways they can be used. Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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        benkling 

        6 years ago from Madison, WI

        This is a really great article, and there are a lot of great ideas for parties. I especially enjoyed the tip of emptying out the glow stick into a jar. What a great effect!

        I would caution against using them at the movie theater however... I feel like that would be really distracting to others!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Esmeowl12- I know it! I was so surprised to find out all the neat things you can do with glow sticks... just a bit ago, my little boy had a glow stick bath. He loves it! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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        Cindy A Johnson 

        6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

        I love all these ideas. The only thing I ever used them for was camping. What fun stuff!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        GlstngRosePetals - I know what you mean, before I researched for this hub, I thought glow sticks were fun for wearing as a bracelet or necklace in the dark and that was about it.. I never dreamed there were so many different neat things you could do with them. I love that they have them at the Dollar Tree... I have a ton of them saved up right now. Thank you for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub!

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        GlstngRosePetals 

        6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

        My children love glow sticks and we never thought of anything fun to do with them except for twirling them around, now that I've read your hub we can do so much more. Thanks :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        idigwebsites- Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed the hub.. glow sticks really are so much fun!

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        idigwebsites 

        6 years ago from United States

        Two words: UBER COOL! great hub, really got my interest pump up! Great hub, Jamie.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        daisydayz- Thank you for the vote up and for the fairy jar idea! It sounds really neat... I've heard of pouring the glow stick in but not with the glitter.. I bet the glitter does give a bit of an extra sparkle. Will have to try that.. thank you :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        iguidenetwork- You are welcome...Glowsticks are perfect for parties.. they are so much fun! Thanks for dropping by :)

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        Chantele Cross-Jones 

        6 years ago from Cardiff

        This is brilliant, so many fun ideas. I have been wanting to make a fairy jar for ages after seeing it on pintrest. You get a large jar, large flake glitter and a glow stick. Place glitter in jar, cut top of glow stick and pour in, add lid and shake. It'll look dusted in little glowing lights. Very cute! voted up and interetsing!

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        iguidenetwork 

        6 years ago from Austin, TX

        I love glowing colors, I would really like to try those sticks for parties, they'll be exciting additions for sure. Thanks for sharing your tips! :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        jenbeach21- You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by :)

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        jenbeach21 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Lee Tea- So glad you like the hub...I was amazed at all the different ideas that I found that people could do with glow sticks! I've got a bunch of glow sticks right now put back for a glow stick bath :) Thank you for the votes, I appreciate it!

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        Lee Tea 

        6 years ago from Erie, PA

        I've seen glowsticks on mushrooms, but never mushrooms on glowsticks! Lol...kids and I dance in the dark with glowsticks and take them camping, I'm excited to learn more ways to have fun with them - excellent idea for a hub. Voted a lot of things.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        My2GreenBeans- Thank you for stopping by and for the follow!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        DzyMsLizzy- Oh my goodness.. that does sound fun...I was going to say kids love scavenger hunts, but I think some adults would like it too, I know I would. Thank you for the vote up and for sharing!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        jennzie- Thank you for the vote up and for sharing.. I'm glad you like these!

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        My2GreenBeans 

        6 years ago from Tennessee

        Oh fun, you have a new follower!

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        Liz Elias 

        6 years ago from Oakley, CA

        What fun! You could also vary the scavenger hunt theme by assigning each person a color & they are only allowed to collect their own color. This would be best outdoors--imagine the fun when someone races toward a glow only to find it's not their color!

        Voted up & shared.

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        Jenn 

        6 years ago from Pennsylvania

        These are such cool and fun ways to use glow sticks! I definitely want to try these. Voted up and shared.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Cherylvanhoorn- Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment! I had no idea there were so many things you could do with them. I've got a bag of them now, just waiting to be thrown into the tub sometime. The glow bath was one of my favorites :)

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        cherylvanhoorn 

        6 years ago from Sydney

        wonderful, wonderful and more wonderful. There are many amazing and valid uses for glow sticks.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        SkySlave- Thank you! I was surprised to learn all the different things a person can do with glow sticks. I have a sack of them right now waiting to be opened. If I could just figure out which one of these I want to do first :)

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        Skyler DeCristoforo 

        6 years ago from Olympia, WA

        glow sticks are awesome! lots of cool ideas here.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        moonlake- Thank you for the vote up, sharing and pin. I really appreciate it!! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        mrpooper- Yes, this one should keep the kids occupied for sure. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing! Happy 4th to you!

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        moonlake 

        6 years ago from America

        Love glow sticks. Lots of good ideas. I just noticed this hub. Voted up and shared and pin it.

        Now I'm going to visit one of your commentors.

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        mrpooper 

        6 years ago

        Finally something to keep the kids occupied. I'm sharing this hub.

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Ryan-Palmsy, yes, the are fun, aren't they?! Thank you for stopping by.

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        Ryan Palmer 

        6 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

        Glow-Sticks are one of lifes little pleasures! So enjoyable, but no idea why!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Chen Suen- You are welcome! I am happy to hear that you like these ideas, thank you so much for dropping by :)

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        Chen Suen 

        6 years ago from Arcadia, California

        The only time I've really used glow sticks is during search and rescue training. I like some of your ideas though! They are very creative. I especially like the bath, pool , and mushrooms. Thanks for the hub!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        chemstudent - Hi, I'm not sure if the liquid could be suspended in gelatin or not..but it's worth a try. My concern would be extra time put into making the gelatin for the jar when the liquid "light" generally lasts for one nights use. Although, they say if you put it in the freezer when finished it could last longer. I think it's worth a try just to see what would happen. Maybe it would produce a really neat effect. Thank you for stopping by!

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        chemstudent 

        6 years ago

        For the glowing jar lantern, could the glow stick mixture be suspended in gelatine so you would not have to shake it around?

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        talfonso, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I've seen them at Oriental Trading too and I love that they are so inexpensive. I'm glad that you have found this hub useful. I hope you have lots of fun using your glow sticks in new and different ways!

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        talfonso 

        6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

        I've seen a lot of offers for these in my Oriental Trading catalogs, and how you listed suggestions for good use in your Hub! I've used these when I go trick-or-treating and when there's a brownout! Maybe I'll use those genial ideas!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Hi Ebower, thank you for your nice comment and the vote up! I'm planning on buying a whole bunch to have on hand for birthdays or whatever.. plus I have a 4 year old little boy that would just have a ball with them! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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        Erin Bower 

        6 years ago from Georgia

        There are some very creative ideas in this hub. Glow sticks are inexpensive, so most people could purchase them for a party or just a fun activity for children on a summer night. I voted this up and awesome. :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Thank you billybuc! I was surprised too how many things you can do with them. Thanks for the nice comment and have lots of fun with the glow sticks :)

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        Bill Holland 

        6 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well that was pretty cool! I had no idea you could use them in so many creative ways! Great job Jamie! I do believe I'll have to try some of these ideas!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Hi RTalloni, Yes, I'll be stocking up too.. Looking forward to some glowing baths :) As usual, you've added another great idea! I don't see why they couldn't be put into the fish tank.. maybe a blue or purple glow stick would calm the fish down. The fish in our tank are always darting and dashing back and forth. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are having a great week :0)

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        RTalloni 

        6 years ago from the short journey

        Well I guess these are fun things to do with glow sticks, and I guess I'll be stocking up on them! Wouldn't an aquarium be a neat thing to use them in?!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        iamaudraleigh, I'm glad you liked it... I appreciate the vote! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        DeborahNeyens- Kids do the funniest things sometimes..or maybe it was an accident? I would have been afraid to look!

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        iamaudraleigh 

        6 years ago

        Fun hub!!! Voted up!!!

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        Deborah Neyens 

        6 years ago from Iowa

        And then there was the time one of the kids dropped one down the hole in the outhouse. That is not the thing you want lit up with a glow stick! : )

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Thank you Vicki, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub! I had fun researching this one and finding all the different ways glow sticks can be used. These things are amazing! I never even thought about them being used so many different ways. A huge thank you for your nice comment, vote and positive feedback! Hope you have a great week :)

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        Sojourner McConnell 

        6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

        This is a great fun hub. I loved your ideas and plan on sharing them on the next family gathering. Thanks for a great informative hub! I voted it up as well as interesting, awesome and useful.

        Great hub!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Stephanie, thank you for the vote! I really appreciate that. I know what you mean about wanting some for yourself.. I've been wanting some too now! I love the balloon idea, too... but I think my favorite is the glow bath!

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        Jamie Brock 

        6 years ago from Texas

        Deborah, Wow, It definitely makes sense to take these camping.. they are a great source of light and what a great idea putting them around your dogs neck to keep track of him/her. I really didn't pay much attention to them before. We usually just got them for Halloween but since writing this hub I want to go out and buy tons of them :) Thank you for dropping by :)

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