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Easy Glow In The Dark Day of The Dead Lanterns

Day of the Dead skull glow in the dark easy to make DIY lanterns.

We are getting ready for our Day of the Dead party celebration on November 1st and we wanted to make a fun Dia de los Muertos craft with the kids.  So that we can give the the Day of the Dead altar a cool and fun twist we figured we could do a glow in the dark craft and came up with the idea of these super easy glow in the dark calavera lanterns.   We had all of the materials for these at home and made them in no time and I have to say we all where really happy with how awesome these look at night.


  • glass mason jars
  • black sharpie or craft smart market
  • glow in the dark sticks

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos skull glow in the dark lanterns, materials.


To make these lanterns just paint a fun sugar skull or calavera design on the front of the mason jar.  Cut a glow in the dark stick and pour the glow in the dark liquid inside the mason jar. Close the jar tightly and shake it making sure that the liquid covers all the inside of the mason jars.  Make sure that you use gloves when you cut the glow in the dark sticks and do not let children handle them or cut them as the chemicals inside the glow stick can irritate skin and eyes.  Some glow sticks also have glass inside so be careful when handling as there might be glass shards inside the glow stick.  Proper safety materials like safety glasses and gloves should be used when recommended to protect eyes and skin.

Day of the Dead glow in the dark lanterns made with mason jars.

If you do not have glow in the dark sticks at home or you don’t want to handle the glow in the dark chemicals you can also try our easy and safe for kids Day of the Dead kid friendly lanterns we did last year, these are super easy and safe for kids to do on their own.

Glow in the dark Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos skull lanterns made with mason jars.

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Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. Mayra - Estilo Familiar

    Esta idea está genial.Bien creativa.
    Mayra – Estilo Familiar recently posted…Preservando nuestra cultura a través de la Alfabetización Bilingüe con Read ConmigoMy Profile

  2. dailycurlz

    Que lindo, tengo todos los utensilios en casa, este fin de semana las hago con mis niñas, gracias Cesar y Paula
    dailycurlz recently posted…Healthier Hair color / Color de cabello mas saludableMy Profile

  3. Diana Rodriguez - Entre Compras y El Hogar

    Que hermosa idea, y se podría adaptar a otras fechas especiales!
    Diana Rodriguez – Entre Compras y El Hogar recently posted…EPCOT Food & Wine FestivalMy Profile

  4. Adriana Db (Hogar-Mujer)

    Me encantó la idea, quedaron muy lindos!
    Adriana Db (Hogar-Mujer) recently posted…5 Tips Prácticos para Estimular la Lectura en los NiñosMy Profile

  5. Natalia

    Me encantaron! Se ven fáciles de hacer y económicas. Le paso este enlace a mi hermana para que las haga con mi sobrina 🙂
    Natalia recently posted…Elotes hervidos con queso enchilado Cacique #GoAutenticoMy Profile

  6. Gilda Campos

    que bonita idea y muy fácil de elaborar. Voy tmb a hacerla. Gracias

  7. Teresa Garza

    Que ingeniosa está la idea. Me encanto…. aun hay tiempo para realizar una lámparitas de este tipo.
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  8. Adriana Martin

    oh wow super cute y muy creativo!
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  9. nina

    what a great idea! i am going to have to make these, super facil de hacer 😀
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  10. Laura Rodriguez

    Que genia! me encantan los frascos pintados, además es como que le pusiste un poco de arte. Muy bueno!
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  11. Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka)

    ♥♥♥ this !! The colors are great, and the fact that they glow are even cooler. Gotta do this w/the grands! BB2U
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  12. S. Yissele

    Me encanto, lo haré con mi Pequeña, muchas gracias por la recomendación!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ

  13. Romina Tibytt

    ohhh que bellos!! Me encantaron, y tan fácil!! Gracias por la idea, los voy a hacer con mi hija!
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  14. CourtneyLynne

    These are just wayyyy too cool! Might need to make some for our Halloween party coming up!

  15. Nancy

    This is freaking cool!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  16. melodi

    These are awesome and they look so easy!
    melodi recently posted…5 Fun Halloween Gingerbread Houses To MakeMy Profile

  17. Kungphoo

    These are very cool.. I would send my kids out with them on Halloween!

  18. Deb

    This is a great idea. You could also use glow powder (available from Amazon) mixed with Modpodge and painted on the inside. The glow power recharges and you don’t have to worry about glass shards or irritating chemicals. 🙂

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      That is a great suggestion! Thanks!

  19. Julie

    Hi – I am wondering about disposal of these lanterns – do you throw them away? Are they hazardous waste? Or, can they be used again, and of so, how?

    They are super cool!

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      I would not use the mason jars again for anything else. You can wash them but using gloves as the glow liquid could irritate skin and reuse the mason jars only to make the lanterns again, not for anything else and specially not to put food in them! This is what I found about disposal: According to Cyalume Technologies, “Activated light sticks do not meet the definition of a Characteristic Hazardous Waste [term used by the EPA] and therefore, under the regulations, can be disposed of as a solid waste in solid waste landfills and incinerators unless prohibited by site-specific solid waste facility restriction.”.

  20. Paula Nathanson

    Great idea – thanks for sharing! Approximately long do they glow?

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