Decorative Glow Stick Lanterns

Easy and Beautiful Glowing Lights

Shake liquid from glowsticks into translucent containers to make decorative lanterns.
Shake liquid from glowsticks into translucent containers to make decorative lanterns. Anne Helmenstine

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 sticks
  • scissors
  • clear glass or plastic containers

Make Glowing Lanterns

  1. Snap a glow stick to activate it.
  2. Snip the end off of the glow stick.
  3. 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.
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    Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Decorative Glow Stick Lanterns." ThoughtCo, Mar. 5, 2017, thoughtco.com/decorative-glow-stick-lanterns-607618. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, March 5). Decorative Glow Stick Lanterns. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/decorative-glow-stick-lanterns-607618 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Decorative Glow Stick Lanterns." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/decorative-glow-stick-lanterns-607618 (accessed May 23, 2018).