Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft







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Posted on May 28 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Living rurally in the mountains of California, bugs are everywhere for my children to explore, especially during the warmer months, which happens to be most of the year. With summer flying our way it means more sleepovers outside under the stars and fun memories to be made. To make the kids outdoor sleepovers fun this year I wanted to make something that was easy to make, fun, long lasting, and has the most important ingredient: that it glow in the dark to act as a portable nightlight. 

Although we have a diverse and abundance of insects, one insect that is not commonly found in our neck of the woods is the firefly or lightening bug. To those of us that do not have fireflies to catch and gather this craft is sure to excite everyone involved. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

To make your own Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft you will need the following materials:

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

The first step is one of the most fun parts of this project: exploring, finding, and then cleaning the acorns. We are lucky enough to have huge oak trees surrounding our home that always seem to have plenty of acorns dropping for our crafting and homeschool use. Once you collect enough, clean them and let them dry overnight.  Be sure to take off their tops and save them for other projects. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Once the acorns are dry, spray paint them black.  This is not as easy as it sounds, but once you have them all painted, allow the paint to dry. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

While the paint is drying, roll the blue construction paper into a tube.  Place it in your jar and cut it so that it fits inside your jar with plenty of extra room around it.  

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Take the construction paper out, re-roll it, and glue it into a tube shape with hot glue. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Next, cut small strips of the glow in the dark Duct tape and have your child twist them around the cone shaped end of the acorn to make their glowing tails. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Once they are all taped, hot glue on small pieces of black pipe cleaner to their heads to make their antennas.  Before you glue them on, slightly twist one end of each pipe cleaner.  After that is dry, hot glue on two googly eyes to the side of their heads. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom 

Once you have made all the fireflies you want to use, hot glue them onto the blue “night sky” of the rolled up blue construction paper in whatever pattern your child wants. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Now it is time to make the stars.  Paint on as many stars to your “night sky” as you want using the gold glitter paint. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

To make it easier for small hands, I put some gold glitter paint into an old Orbitz car gum container and had Elizabeth paint her stars on using Q-Tips. Once the paint is dry, simply slide your “night sky” into your jar, seal the lid, and have some nighttime fun. 

Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

In the dark you should see something like this in your fun Glow in the Dark Fireflies in a Jar Craft. 

How do you “light up the night” during your child’s summer outdoor sleepovers?

 

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