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How To Make a Glow-in-the-Dark Galaxy Jar

SAFETY FIRST: Ask an adult to help with tools you haven't used before.

Add a little glow to your room with a Glow-in-the-Dark Galaxy Jar! This crafty project is also known as a calming jar, because it can help with stress relief.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR GALAXY JAR

  • Craft paintbrushes
  • Glass jar with a lid
  • Glitter
  • Glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint — as many colors as you want
  • Newspaper, parchment paper, cardboard or construction paper
  • Shape stencils
  • Sheet of paper or empty egg carton
  • Vegetable oil

WHAT YOU’LL DO TO MAKE YOUR GALAXY JAR

STEP 1: COVER YOUR WORK AREA using newspaper, construction paper, parchment paper or cardboard.

STEP 2: MAKE A PAINT PALETTE. Pour a small amount of each paint color that you want to use onto a sheet of paper, small piece of cardboard or egg carton.

STEP 3: USE THE PAINTBRUSHES AND SHAPE STENCILS to paint different designs inside the glass jar. This is your galaxy, so get creative!

STEP 4: PLACE YOUR JAR OUTSIDE IN THE SUN for 2 to 4 hours so the paint can dry. This will also help activate the glow. Make sure your jar is in a safe place.

STEP 5: ONCE THE JAR IS COMPLETELY DRY, FILL IT WITH VEGETABLE OIL. Next, add in the glitter.

STEP 6: FINALLY, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS TO SEE YOUR GALAXY GLOW! If you want to add a little more glow, use a blacklight or decorate the outside of your jar using the glow-in-the-dark paint — and your imagination!

OPTIONAL: ADD FOOD COLORING to the oil inside the jar to change the color of your galaxy.


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