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How to Make Fireflies in a Jar

Updated on December 16, 2011

When I started, one D.I.Y. project bubbled my deeply-hidden creative self into the surface. The photo above does not necessarily represent a Van Gogh or a Michelangelo (or Michaelangela for ladies like me) but it is a start. At least I am stimulating the right side of my brain.

This Fireflies in a Jar project is fairly easy to make. I am sure that all of us has an empty jar or bottle lying around the kitchen. Come on, it's there somewhere...

So now that you have that empty jar, there is a 50-50 chance that you may or may not have a glow stick in your house. To the lucky ones, that saved you from going to the nearest art or school supplies store. Yes, that is where you should go if you do not have the glowers.

Some of you may ask, what is the best glowers to use for this project?

I am not an expert on this but I luckily had an unused glow stick stored in a cabinet and decided to do something about it. However, it is the kind that only lasts for a few hours. Fortunately, there are glow paints that do last for a long time. I suggest you go to the art store and ask for expert opinion for this matter.

But for me, I am just happy to have used the glow sticks even if it only has a shelf life of four hours.


I used an empty Kraft Mayonnaise jar, washed and thoroughly dried, before the great experiment.

And a red glow-in-the-dark stick that I had to bend and shake before manually prying it open with pliers.

There was a lot of flicking around. It was a dirty project but I certainly enjoyed it. Had the chemicals on my hands and I was not sure what was in it. I washed my hands like a surgeon before a surgery after just to remove all the residues so do not forget this step. When you have the lights back on, there is no way of knowing where you were contaminated with it. So, to reiterate, wash your hands afterwards.

Just flick it around like a creative artist, that you are!


It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
--Oscar Wilde


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    • freelanceauthor profile image

      freelanceauthor 6 years ago

      Cool tricks. Nice Hub. Voted up

    • Hui (蕙) profile image

      Hui (蕙) 6 years ago

      This is for the first time that I know an amazing thing like this. You go go! Talent girl! By the way, I can use bacteria and ampacilin to make firefly glowing in a dish plate or a jar like yours. :)

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      Not the literal fireflies, kabayan, since we don't have them here in the Singapore concrete jungles. Reminded me of my childhood in the Philippines. We used to catch the fireflies and put them in jars. They died eventually but we enjoyed every bit of light we got. :)

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      sunasia22 6 years ago from Philippines

      I was amazed that fireflies can be made, awesome project kabayan. Your pictures are so beautiful. Marked beautiful and interesting!Voted up!