Saturday, January 4, 2014

6 Things to Do with Glow Sticks

Never underestimate the possibilities of glow sticks. Ever since Pinterest, the world of glowing things has never been the same.

1. Play glow in the dark ring toss.
Gather a dozen or so glow necklaces or bracelets and a filled water bottle with a glow stick inside, and you've got yourself a pretty awesome ring toss game.

2. Light paint.
Light painting usually calls for a camera with adjustable shutter speeds (most likely DSLR; those "professional" chunky ones), but sometimes when it's dark enough, any camera will automatically adjust to a shutter speed low enough to capture some streaks and shapes, if you're fast enough. Aside from a camera, you'll also need a tripod or some other place to steadily position your camera, and let's not forget your glow sticks (or another tiny source of light). Position your camera, program the self-timer, and step in front of it while it's counting down to paint a picture with your glow sticks. You'll hear the shutter click twice--once for when it opens, and once for when it closes--and all the time in between is the time you'll use to write words or draw shapes in the air with your glow stick(s). For more information, head on over to

3. Have a glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt.
Scavenger hunts are always fun, but adding the obstacle of darkness makes it even better. You can play indoors or outdoors, and you can either hunt simply for glow sticks, or you can get creative: wrap the glow sticks around objects, shallowly bury glow sticks in the snow, stuff them in Easter eggs...

4. Make glowing fairy jars.
As silly as it may seem, splattered glow juice looks so whimsical and ogle-worthy. If you don't already know, the fluids in glow sticks are toxic, so you should be very careful when toying with them to make these lovely jars.

5. Go glow bowling.
All it takes is ten water bottles weighted with water, glow sticks, and something like a soccer ball to use as the bowling ball. It's like having glow night at the bowling alley right at home!

6. Make glowing monster eyes.
Cut eye-shaped holes in toilet paper roles and stick a glow stick in, then hide them in the bushes or the trees to look like lurking monsters!

Of course, sometimes you just wanna swing your glow sticks around and dance, and that's totally cool, too. Silkworm and I have been on the look out for cheap glow sticks lately to have our own little party, so if you know of anywhere we can find them in stores or online, please let us know!


  1. I really love the idea of a glow in the dark scavenger hunt. I have a feeling you'd enjoy luzinterruptus. They do tons of installations revolving around illumination.

    1. Mary, I love having you and your knowledge of all these awesome things I'd never know of otherwise! Luxinterruptus sounds amazing! I'd love to go to Madrid just to stumble across an installation of theirs. ^-^ Gotta love extra creative street art!


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