Glow sticks have many uses: They can provide light in a power outage, protect you from bodily harm when you're out at night and add a fun twist to an evening out at a concert or the skating rink. Glow sticks needn't just be necklaces, bracelets or safety devices; they provide an unusual touch to many craft projects as well.
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Glow sticks are synonymous with Halloween, making them the perfect accessory for your costume. Glowing fairy or magician wands are impressive yet easy to make. Attaching glow sticks to the perimeter of angel wings gives off a desirable unearthly glow; stringing glow sticks together for a halo produces an angelic effect. Perhaps best of all is using glow sticks to highlight bones on a skeleton costume. Simply lay the skeleton costume out flat and attach each end of the glow stick to clothing using needle and thread, taking care not to pierce the glow stick tube; instead, sew around it on each end until it is stable. Carefully store your costume until it is ready to wear, and then activate the glow sticks for a night of ghoulish fun.
Glow flowers make clever -- and reusable -- party favours at nightclubs and concerts. Pick up a bunch of your favourite artificial flowers. Pull or cut the blossom ends off of the stem. Using sharp scissors, cut the glow stick connectors in half lengthwise. Use a hot glue gun to attach the flower head to the cut side of the connector. Let dry thoroughly. Activate the glow stick, then attach the flower head/connector to either end to make a memorable bouquet.
A great children's party craft activity is making creepy, glowing spiders out of glow sticks and styrofoam balls. Supply each child with one six-inch glow stick, eight glow necklaces, two mini glow sticks, one six-inch and one three-inch styrofoam ball. Provide lots of colour choices so each child can personalise his spider. Begin by activating all the glow sticks. Using a sharp pencil, make a hole not quite all the way through the centre of the six-inch styrofoam ball -- depending on the age and dexterity of the children, this step may need adult help. Insert the six-inch glow stick to form the body, leaving about 1½ inches of glow stick exposed. Use the same technique to insert the mini glow sticks into the three-inch ball to make eyes. Push the exposed end of the glow stick into the three-inch ball to make the head. Insert the eight glow necklaces into the sides of the spider body for legs. If desired, use coloured markers to draw body patterns and silly faces onto the spiders.
Glow sticks come in a variety of sizes; this firefly craft is best suited for two to three inch mini glow sticks. Have the children string a piece of yarn through the hole at the end of the glow stick or, if the stick doesn't have one, consider this a hand-held activity. Invite the kids to form wings with pipe cleaners around the glow stick. Provide glue, googly eyes and glitter to make this project extra special. If you are using the yarn, tie the ends together to make a fun necklace for each child; if not, turn out the lights and let them recreate a magical summer's night right in the living room.
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