Saturday, March 31, 2012

Kids Fairy Dust Craft

We highly recommend you make Kids Fairy Dust with the kids, as well as one for yourself. After all, we are all kids at heart, aren't we?

How to make Kids Fairy Dust

Materials Needed:
Glow Sticks (We got ours at Oriental Trading Co. in white for $10.95 for 12. # IN-24/11240 )
Iridescent or Diamond Glitter (Found at any craft store)
Baby food jars (enough for each child)
Super Glue

The Process:
  1. Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar. (Teacher only for this part)
  2. Add diamond glitter 
  3. Seal the top ( Super glue) with a lid.
  4. Shake well

Note: The children loved to look at these during rest time as we read the book, Tinkerbell and The Lost Treasure. They turned out simply gorgeous! Thank you to All it Takes is a Can Opener & Crockpot  (2/13/12) post on Facebook for the idea! Ours lasted about 5 hours before it began to fade but it's definitely worth it!

*Looking for more crafts with that magical effect? Check out our Glow Water Craft! *                               


WifeyMommyNurse said...

When I cut the end off of the glow stick, to I need to puncture the cylinder inside?

Barbra The Bloggess said...

Hi, WifeyMommyNurse. I didn't notice a cylender on ours. I would think if nothing came out then absolutely. You'll want to get the substance that glows out (wish I knew what that stuff was called). Hope that works! ;)

izza said...

Teach your children become creative at their early age. By doing this we must first give them early education which is very essential.

Anne Cl said...

Such a adorable idee and so much better then snow globes!
But didn't the glow lights just glowed for a few hours? (I had may last one several years ago ;) )
Or is the "glowing" somehow reactivated while shaking?

Greetings from Germany

Barbra The Bloggess said...

True, Sewing Cheetah, only a few precious hours. Ours didn't reactivate after shaking, though. Maybe I should check out some other brands. I'll keep you posted.
Greetings for the U.S.! :)

daisy troop said...

Which glow sticks am I getting? Sorry I'm confused by the post, can I use the ones that you bend to make necklaces etc?


TomComKnowsHow said...

I read a similar article where glow in the dark paint was used in place of glow stick luminescence. They were "rechargeable."

Barbra The Bloggess said...

Hi daisy troop, I got the ones the ones that were a bit larger for around $11 (you can follow the Oriental Trading Co. Link). I haven't used the necklaces-but seems like that could be an option since it's a similar product. The only thing I wonder about is the ease of getting the glowing substance out of that skinny tube. I'll have to try that...hmmmmm, I know the kids definately wouldn't mind! :)

Barbra The Bloggess said...

TomComKnowsHow, wow, really? I would love a link to that post. Thanks, I'll research it, too.

Barbra The Bloggess said...

Okay, I'm back. I found different glow in the dark paints. This is what Martha Stewart's read:

PLAID-Martha Stewart Crafts: Glow-In-The-Dark Paint. Paint a glow- in-the-dark galaxy; or add way-finding elements to dark hallways. Recharge glow by exposing to light. High-performance; patented; premium acrylic paint is specially formulated for use on all surfaces. Non-toxic. Waterbased. This package contains one 6 ounce bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint. Made in USA.

Now I haven't tried this and I am wondering about safety for the kids-If anyone has tried this be sure to let us know....Thanks again!

Sara said...

I tried this and mine didn't look anything like your picture. The glow stick/ glitter combo just stuck to the edges of the container. Your picture looks like the fairy dust is floating in the center. How much glitter do I need to use?

Barbra The Bloggess said...

Hi Sara, the glitter does stick to the sides. It's the way the the glitter picked up the light in the photo.
We used small baby food jars and about a Tablespoon of glitter.
You brought up a good point...I want to try putting some Karos Syrup in there for movement of the glitter. I am going to give it a try and if It works I'll let you know.

Unknown said...

Hi, how are you. I have been trying to figure this project for over a week now. I have been back and forth to Michaels to get this to look like your. I have tried glitter different colors,and now i am trying diamond dust. I also have tried different methods; a small amount of glitter, a large amount, a small amount of glow stick. What am i doing wrong. I showed my summer class the picture and they are so excited to do this project and I can't get it right. Help please

Barbra The Bloggess said...

Hi Kenyetta,
Oh man, I am so sorry you are having a problem with it. :(
I used irredecent glitter, if that helps. I had it on hand left over from the X-Mas season. It was the kind used for a "snow effect". I hadn't seen it in the stores so I wonder if it's seasonal.
You'll most likely want something irredecent.