Glow In The Dark Lanterns: Arts and Crafts Project

Glow in the dark Lanterns Arts and Crafts Projects @

Glow in the Dark Lanterns – Arts and Crafts Projects @

All year I volunteered in my son’s kindergarten class and being the school year came to an end, I wanted to say thank you to them for all they have taught me throughout the year and I looked around my house to see what materials I had and this is what I came up with:


It was a fun little project I came up with and very simple to do for all ages.

What you will need:

  • Plastic cups (Any will do, I just so happened to have colored cups laying around the house).
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Small Rubber Bands (I used my sons rainbow loom rubber bands).
  • Glow in the Dark Paint (and a dish to place the paint in, if needed).
  • Paint Brush

Here are the three easy steps to create the Glow in The Dark Lanterns:

  1. Paint the plastic cups with the glow in the dark paint. I painted the insides of the cups so the paint does not scrape off easily. (I painted their names inside of the cup, painted the very bottom of the cup, made stars and dots and I painted the top of the inside cup as well).
  2. I then put rubber bands around the top of the cup. (I used two rubber bands being if one broke, there is a back up; however, I recommend three rubber bands together).
  3. I then twisted the one end of the pipe cleaner to the rubber band as it is around the cup and vice-versa to the other side of the pipe cleaner to the rubber band.

WAA-LAA!!!… You have your glow in the dark lanterns.

P.S. The kids had a blast with them. I was told by their teacher the lanterns were a big hit their last day of school! 😉

Also, remember most glow in the dark paints recommend to place the paint in the light for about 15 to 20 seconds and then put in the dark.

Have fun & enJOY!!!

My camera would not take any good photos with the lights off to show off the cool glow… but here is a close up with lights on.

Glow in dark Lantern Arts and Crafts Project @

Glow in dark Lantern Arts and Crafts Project @

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Also, I would love to hear any feedback and/or stories if you created the glow in the dark lanterns, how was your experience with making them? Please do share any tips if you added any other materials and such!!!


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