We're very fortunate to live in an area of the country where lightning bugs are a fun part of Summer evenings. I have so many childhood memories of running around in the backyard after dark collecting fireflies in a jar and I'm so glad that my kids get the chance to do the same thing now.
Unfortunately, we often have problems at the end of the evening when they have a jar full of fireflies and it's bedtime. They don't want to part with their glowing, flickering jars of light, but I don't really want a jar full of bugs in the house (especially when it'll be a jar full of dead bugs by morning). When I came across these cool, glowing jars on Pinterest, I had an a-ha moment that would solve our problems. I made a jar that would continue glowing even after we let the bugs free and came inside.
|By using glow-in-the-dark paint, painted fireflies "glow" with the lights out!|
Here's what I did:
1. Gather your supplies ~ glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint, a sharpie and a jar with holes in the lid ( I used a plastic jar so I didn't have to worry about it breaking and drilled small holes in the lid)
|My jar was from a 40oz container of peanut butter|
2. Paint small ovals on the INSIDE of your jar using the glow-in-the-dark paint. Add a second coat if it needs more coverage.
3. Using your Sharpie, add the lightning bugs' antennae and wings on the OUTSIDE of the jar.
It was so simple and has worked great for us!