Science, Tech, Math › Science Decorative Glow Stick Lanterns Easy and Beautiful Glowing Lights Share Flipboard Email Print Shake liquid from glowsticks into translucent containers to make decorative lanterns. Anne Helmenstine Science Chemistry Projects & Experiments Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated March 06, 2017 Got a glow stick? Use it to make a bright and colorful decorative lantern to use around your home. These colorful glow in the dark lanterns can be used anywhere and made by anyone! Lantern Materials glow sticksscissorsclear glass or plastic containers Make Glowing Lanterns Snap a glow stick to activate it.Snip the end off of the glow stick.Shake the contents of the glow stick into a decorative container to make a glow in the dark lantern. Tips and Safety Info Be sure your containers are dry. Water interferes with the chemical reaction that makes glow sticks glow.While glow sticks typically are labeled as non-toxic, they are not edible. Don't drink the liquid; do wash any glassware used in this project before using it with food.Usually, you break a glass tube inside a glow stick in order to activate it. You will shake the glass out with the liquid. Be careful of the glass so that you don't accidentally cut yourself.This can be a messy project! It's a good idea to shake out the glow stick liquid over some newspapers or a kitchen counter. The glow stick liquid can stain carpets, clothing, etc.