diy glow in the dark bubbles

DIY Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Summer is the perfect time to stay up late with the kids. My boys like nothing more than going outside when it is dark and since we have a big fenced in yard in the country, they are often allowed to go out and chase lightening bugs, play flashlight tag and otherwise have fun in the early evening hours. Last night, we tried out some DIY glow in the dark bubbles and had a great time!

Materials:

  • Non Toxic Glow Sticks
  • Clear Plastic Cups
  • Scissors
  • Clear Bubble Liquid
  • Bubble Blowing Wands
  • Paper Towels

Step 1:

Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Break a glow stick so that it is shining and cut the ends off. It is easier to get the liquid out if you cut both ends of the glow stick, but be careful and lay out some paper towels since the liquid can splatter out sometimes.

Step 2:

diy glow in the dark bubbles

Empty the liquid from the glow stick into a clear plastic cup. We used about 6 glow sticks for each batch of bubbles.

Step 3:

glow bubbles

Pour in some clear bubble liquid and mix the solution together well. By this time, you should have a brightly glowing glass of bubbles.

Final Project:

Total cost: About $.50 per glass of glow in the dark bubbles. $1 large container from the Dollar Tree and 6 out of 100 glow sticks used in a bulk container bought at Michael’s.

 

* I am going to add a safety disclaimer to this post and will not be allowing anymore arguing or debate in the comments of this post. As with all craft materials and projects, it is up to the adults who should always be supervising their children to make sure they are using the best materials possible in a responsible way. There are many different brands of glow sticks. The ones we used are indeed marked non-toxic. I would not recommend letting young children mess with the liquid and would recommend standing on a high surface as we did on our porch and blowing the bubbles responsibly away from other people and not at each other. In the end, you will need to decide if it is an experiment worth doing with your children and whether they are mature enough to do it responsibly.

52 thoughts on “DIY Glow in the Dark Bubbles”

    1. Actually, this is not true at all. The liquid within glow sticks in non-toxic. This information was taken directly from the glow stick manufacturer’s page and similar information can be found all over the Internet and product packaging.

      “Glow sticks rely on the reaction between two non-toxic chemicals contained within in order to produce their glowing light. If these chemicals escape their vials due to a break or leak, the chemicals will not cause much harm if they come in contact with skin.”

      1. I also wanted to add that I would not suggest rubbing the liquid on your skin or using these homemade bubbles irresponsibly, but with correct adult supervision, there is nothing dangerous about this craft. 

        1. hell,ive accidentally bitten into a small one on my mouth and didn’t get sick.tasted awful,though!this is a cool experiment!

          1. My daughter (2 yrs. old) has actually bitten through one in our car one night. I noticed her entire mouth glowing when I looked in the review mirror!! I called poison control and they just told me to rinse her mouth out and that the should be fine. So, I am def. gonna try this out!!! Thanks so much for the idea!!!

  1. Thank you for this! I will be trying it this weekend! Some glow sticks may in fact be toxic, but I think it’s our responsibility to check the packaging to see whether they are or not 🙂 

    1. Absolutely, I am sure that as with any other product there may be some that use toxic chemicals, but most use non-toxic and are clearly stated on the packaging just to be safe. Enjoy, and let me know how it turns out!

  2. i was hesitent to try this.. but now i think i’ll just go for it !! cant wait to try it with my 9 year old… hey the 18 year old might even come out of his room for this one !!! lol

  3. A bunch of us adults actually had a glow-stick fight (with leaky ones) at the cottage some years ago and it was the best fun I’d had in years. We even attracted a bunch of lightning bugs. We washed it off our skin (and the car!) and no one had any problems. All the nay sayers are just people who don’t know how think out of the box and have fun. Now I want to try the bubbles. THANKS!

    1. I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to make people aware of possible dangers and I wouldn’t recommend that parents go smearing the glow stick liquid all over their children, but if done right with the correct supervision, this really is a harmless experiment. 

  4. You have brought a long overdue smile to my face with the mere thought of doing this. Can’t wait to try it tonight with my daughter. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I used to get in glow stick fights we got it in our eyes mouth nose nothing bad happen to us no one got sick my only warning is some glow sticks have glass on the inside that breaks to keep the chemicals separated till its broken

  6. This is really funny that i ran into this because i attempted this the other night at my apartment with my boyfriend, brothers, & little cousin. The bubbles didnt glow too much so we all ended up making a glowing canvas out of my linoleum floors. It was awesome. the ground seemed 3 dimentional when you would walk around on it. there was no more floor, it was just glowstick/bubble liquid covering everywhere. i just wish the bubbles worked better.

    1. Hi Shelby, how many glow sticks did you add to one cup of the bubble liquid? We had to add about 6 to get a pretty good glow going.

  7. When I’ve tried this experiment, the glow solution wouldn’t mix in. It was like oil and water with the bubble solution. Any suggestions?

    1. You might try putting in more glow stick liquid as well as a little bit of Dawn dish soap. Sometimes the dish soap can make the mixture a little thicker to hold the glow stick liquid.

  8. I found this on a different blog and we tried it a few nights ago, I was disappointed that it didn’t work for us. Maybe I just didn’t use enough glow sticks. We are going to try again with a bigger glow wand.

  9. I love this Idea. We were just talking about trying different things for Birthday Parties. Summer holidays etc… I think this is one of the coolist ideas ket. I know about using glow sticks for lantern but this is even better again. The kids are going to flip over this one.

  10. No one should do this! It’s so dangerous! Also, everyone should wrap their children in bubble and never let them go outside.

    Seriously though, this is a cool idea! 🙂

  11. Umm….embarrassed to admit this, but for the nay sayers – A couple of years ago, when I was ‘breaking’ a glow stick to get it to glow brighter, I was laying on my back with the thing above me when the plastic split and the liquid went right into my eyes. BUT .. I was, and am, fine – called poison control to find out what to do – they said to flush my eyes with water, and that there should be no problems – They were right! No vision problems whatsoever – still, I wouldn’t recommend doing what I did – LOL

  12. My neighbors and I had a blast trying this out even though it didn’t work quite right. Our bubbles were really cheap and didn’t work whatsoever, but we ended up splattering the ground outside with glowing liquid and just had fun. We’re going to try again with better bubble at some point. Thanks for posting!! ^-^

  13. We’ve tried this before and couldn’t get the bubbles the right consistency. Ours never actually made bubbles. it was pretty though, and we had fun trying it anyways.

  14. We tried this tonight and we weren’t able to get the bubbles to glow even though the solution did.  I don’t think I had enough glow sticks in it though … I’m going to try it this way and try again.  How well did yours glow?

    1. The bubbles themselves were only a faint glow and it did need to be very dark. Unfortunately, it is hard to get them to glow as brightly as the solution in the cup itself, because it is such a minute amount that is used to blow each bubble.

    1. If you add enough of the glow stick material to the bubbles, they will have a faint glow to them when you are in the pitch dark. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as bright as the mixture in the cup, as you are using such a small amount of liquid for the bubble.

  15. Hey. This is so awesome! thank you for sharing it. do you know how long they will keep?? im thinking of doing this as little christmas prezzies. =)

    1. I apologize for taking so long to respond. Unfortunately, the glowing effect will wear off about 8-10 hours after you break the glow sticks and add them to the solution. This is because the reaction only lasts so long before fizzling out. You could always add it to them right before giving it as a gift, but it won’t last longer than a normal glow stick would.

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