Fairies in a Jar.

So that picture that’s been going around on pinterest for the fairies in a jar recipe is, for lack of a nicer word, fake. I mean, I kinda knew deep down in my¬† heart that the picture couldn’t be real. But the wide-eyed child in me was really hoping that it was. Here is the original picture (just a disclaimer: I could not find the real origin of this picture or who put it up).

The directions that came with this picture goes like this: Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar. Add diamond glitter. Seal the top with a lid, shake and voila! Fairies in a jar.

Well I thought that this was a wonderful activity for the kids to do at Abram’s first birthday coming up in April, since it will be a neverland theme. I tested it out last night, and here were my results:

So clearly, it looks nothing like the first picture above. Nevertheless, it is still really cool and I plan on doing these at his birthday party. And at this point I don’t have a choice because I have a box full of glow sticks sitting on my couch. What’s great is that the kids get to take these home and use them as night lights for at least that night because they are premium glow sticks that last 12-18 hours. Oh yea, I went big.

  31 comments for “Fairies in a Jar.

  1. Kay
    March 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Ooo this is neat. I want one :)

  2. Charlsey
    March 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I want one too! yours looks WAAAY better than the Pinterest one!

  3. March 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for taking real images of what you made! I pin’d your post:


  4. FashionMaven
    April 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I wonder if you used different colors from glow sticks would it work better?

    And maybe less of the glow stick juice? Either way, I’ve gotta try this!

  5. Ed
    April 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ok, I don’t “get” it in either case… Did you first fill the jar with water? It would seem that the particles would be suspended that way, but the OP didn’t really say that they added water. So maybe they didn’t and the “stuff” just sticks to the walls inside the jar (I doubt that it floats in the air, you know, gravity laws and such lol).

    Is there water in your version? If so, did you try it without adding water?


    • April 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

      no, there is no water in mine.

  6. Danni
    April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

    How many glow sticks did u put in? Also what glitter did u use? And how much glitter? :) looks awesome

    • April 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I did one 4 oz glow stick and just eyeballed the glitter. I know if you put too much then it just gets real clumpy and gross. Put a little bit in at a time until you have the desired look :)

  7. Samantha
    April 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Did you use the “Diamond Glitter” or a different kind. Where did u get it, Michaels? :)

    • April 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I used diamond glitter, and yes I got it at Michaels :)

  8. Michelle Ferrario
    April 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    So no water right. Does the glow stick have that much liquid in it. or does the inside of glowstick just float in the air in jar?

    • April 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      No water, and the glow stick juice sticks to the jar and lights up the whole jar. It’s pretty sweet looking with the glitter added.

  9. Michelle
    April 19, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Can you use any type of glitter or do you have to use diamond glitter? Have you tried just using regular glitter?

    • April 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

      I haven’t tried regular glitter, but it would be worth a try. Also, as a note to everyone (and I probably already said this in the post) but if children will be playing with these just make sure there is a pair of adult eyes on them. We are doing these Saturday at my sons birthday party and we are going to put duct tape around the jar lids so they can’t take them off and get into the glow stick liquid. The package says it is non-toxic but I’ve read in several places where it’s definitely not good for anyone to get on themselves or in their eyes.

      • Cathie
        April 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        I’ve heard of people using hot glue (or crazy glue) inside the lid if you want it to be closed permanently! Though, probably not the best for this project as the “fairies die”… but good for Calming Jars etc!

  10. Lori
    June 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

    so I tried adding water to mine for the heck of it and definitely don’t do that lol it waters it down and ruins it. it did have little small beads of glow floating around and it was cool for a few mins but it just fades a lot faster. Its definitely NOTHING like the pic posted on pinterest but its still pretty cool :)

  11. No Pinterest Fail Here
    June 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’m SO glad you posted this! I got duped into fairies in a jar also…we got the same results you did. While I was disappointed, my four year old thought it was fabulous!
    Thanks for posting!

  12. Janice
    July 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Loved your post about these Fairies in a Jar! I laughed so hard because like you, the child in me wanted to believe. Well, they are pretty neat, just not like the fake picture. Thanks again for the fun.

  13. Sandy Johnson
    August 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Did you also use the oil in the glow stick?

    • September 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      I just cut open the glow stick and poured all of the contents in.

      • Julie
        October 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

        Did you crack the glow stick first to set it off and then cut it? I tried regular glitter and it was an epic fail, although the glow in the jar was cool on its own.

        • October 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          I did crack the glow stick first, and then poured it in. Yeah, all the glitter really does is make giant clumps, which still looks cool.

  14. December 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    You can also use GLOW PAINTS, just paint small dots, starting at the bottom of the jar, and work your way up, set the jar out in the sunlight or under a lamp to activate the “glow”. Take school glue, spread a thin layer on the inside of the lid, add the glitter and shake off excess…..works great if you can’t find the glow sticks !

  15. Bethani
    March 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Where did you order your glow sticks from?

    • March 6, 2013 at 11:30 am

      man, it’s been almost a year and I can’t remember! I know if you google wholesale glow sticks, you can find them pretty inexpensive.

  16. Terre
    July 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I was wondering how long the glow lasts?

  17. August 18, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

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