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
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.
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.