How to Make Your Own Glow Poi

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How to Make Your Own Glow Poi
Glow poi make beautiful neon trails as a dancer is performing. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

It's fairly easy to make your own glow poi with just a short list of materials. Glow poi are used primarily to dance with. Glow poi consist of two glowing objects at the end of a string or ribbon that a dancer twirls around her body as she performs. Glow poi can be used in place of fire poi for dance performances; they are also good to practice with before dancing with fire poi. Glow poi are often used in nightclubs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 5 feet of cloth ribbon
  • Sewing needle
  • 2 glowing LED balls or glow sticks
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut your ribbon into two 30-inch pieces.

    How to Make Your Own Glow Poi
    Decorative cloth ribbon adds visual interest to your glow poi. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Sew loop handles into the end of each 30-inch ribbon. Do this by taking one end of the ribbon, folding back two inches to make a loop and sewing the loop closed.

    How to Make Your Own Glow Poi
    The glow poi will make fantastic light trails when you dance with them. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  3. 3

    Attach one glowing LED ball or glow stick to the other end of each ribbon, either by sewing it into place or tying the ribbon securely around it.

    How to Make Your Own Glow Poi
    LED balls and glow sticks can be found at your local toy or hobby store. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Test your new glow poi by sliding one loop over the index and middle finger of each hand and spinning them around.

    How to Make Your Own Glow Poi
    Glow poi are interesting props that add excitement to any dance routine. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Different sizes of LED objects will have different weights and spin differently.
  • You can purchase LED balls with built-in hooks that make them easy to attach to the ribbon.

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