Friday, July 12, 2013

Ogre Snot, Glow Worms, and Tea Lights

In Wednesday's post you got Kendra's awesome owls and a flashback to our early owl cake post. I'll continue with the flashbacks and pull out another post from the early days to go along with 2 submissions we have had for it since.

This is one that so many of my friends have pinned to try with their kids. Those who have tried it haven't been super impressed with the results. It's just not the sparkly beauty the pin makes you dream of. 

The Original Pin 

When I tried it, this is what I got: 

The Pinstrosity

It looks more like Ogre Sneeze Juice than it does Fairies in a Jar. How did our two ladies fare with this project? Theirs were slightly more fairyish...but still not what the original picture shows. 

Here is Tonya's run:
"I am so disappointed in this pin that I HAD to share what an epic fail this is.  I am pretty sure the original pin is photoshopped which was hinted by others in the comments.  You are suppose to use diamond glitter and then cut a glow stick into a mason jar - instant fairies.  WRONG.  What you get is creepy, clumped to the sides glitter.  What a waste!"

It doesn't look like the original, but it does look pretty awesome. It reminds me of the Glow Worm's down in New Zealand:
So, they're not fairies in a jar, but glow worms! That's be cooler to tell boys anyway, I don't know many who are interested in that works. 

Here is JoJo's run:
"I've been wanting to try the Fairies in a Jar project for awhile.  The following 2 pictures are what are featured online.  So sparkly right?  The instructions are so easy!  Just get a glowstick, crack to activate, then cut the end off and splatter inside a jar and add 'diamond' glitter.  The only info I could glean on diamond glitter is that it's the white & iridescent kind, of which I have plenty.  I also had some glowsticks left over from the 'toilet paper roll eyes' project last Halloween."

"I cracked the blue light stick and shook it out and around this jar, then sprinkled in the glitter.  While it did stick to the jar and was sparkly, it was only so due to the external light source in the kitchen."

"In the kitchen with only one light on over the stove and no flash.  Blue is real pretty, glitter picking up the stove light."

"Looking at the bottom, taken outside at dusk."

"Dusk shot too."

 "After dark, no flash.  Real pretty blue, but the glitter isn't twinkling."

"With flashlight pointing straight down into jar."

"Just flash."

"With a candle inside which had a cool effect but you couldn't see the blue anymore."

"Looking inside with candle light.  That's as close to twinkling fairies as it gets."

"I'd say it only twinkles with a light source that's outside the jar.  It was pretty seeing the blue jar, but the glitter definitely doesn't sparkle like the internet photos show.  The twinkles are obviously photoshopped in the first picture and upon review of the second picture, it looks like the glow in the dark paint was dabbed on in dots; it's possible there is glow in the dark paint that has glitter in it."  

"The ironic thing was that as I was outside taking the pics, there were lots of real fireflies in my yard.  I'd say just use the jars to catch and release actual fireflies, rather than make a mess with this project!!!"

So...still no Fairies in a Jar, but between the three of us we have ogre snot, glow worms, and fun tea lights. That's not too bad, lol. 


  1. I'm pretty sure I've seen that second picture that JoJo used for reference before, and the crafter there said she painted a zillion dots of glow-in-the-dark paint on the inside of the jar. So if you like the look of that jar, and you have a lot of patience, you could do that instead.

  2. I haven't tried this one, but I think I remember reading somewhere that you could get a similar effect like the second pic by taking glow in the dark paint and splattering the inside of the jar using a brush or old tooth brush (would create the dots, instead of smears). I think the glow would also probably last longer using the paint than using a glow stick since you could "recharge" it in the light.

  3. Is there any potential for combining this with the glycerine calm jar?

    If it worked it'd look amazing, glowing glitter slowly settling after you shake the jar.

  4. Thanks for featuring my post today!!! I'm glad I tried it, and the glow in the dark paint would probably work well too.

  5. Did you know you can buy glow-in-the-dark glitter? I picked up a tube from JoAnn's for a mobile I have in mind. It seems like dumping that into water with some glycerine (to help it stay suspended) would do the trick and be a lot less "cutting into tubes of liquid that contain I-don't-know-what" fuss.

    On the flip side, can you imagine how funny it would be to do this "fairy jar", but use your toilet bowl to hold the contents...and then wait for your husband to stumble into the bathroom at 3 a.m....

    1. BAhahahaha, I really want to do the toilet bowl trick now. That'd be hilarious.

  6. These glow lights are real amazing, love the amazing effects and the fabulous light texture, it just adds that pretty magical glow. glow fabric


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