Keep ’em Glowing – DIY Kid Project

Not sure if you participated or saw the photos on Instagram last week for #OneDayHH started by Hollywood Housewife, but I was on there and I liked, periodically, to flip through the hashtag for cool photos and what not.  I stumbled across an image from Momma On Fire and found out she was working on Glow in the Dark pasta necklaces. UM BRILLIANT!  Since we were going on a camping trip, I grabbed some items from Walmart to work on this – the  day before we leave.  So if you’re a last-minute person like me, NO WORRIES!

In the craft section, I grabbed these Glow in the Dark paints.  Please note these are NOT non-toxic.  They get “charged” with the sun and give off a soft glow at night.  I also grabbed some Penne pasta, but when we later strung them together, I realized I should have picked a pasta with a larger opening like Mostaciolli for the kids to do on their own.
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I separated the pasta into 3 quart sized bags and poured paint over each.  Then SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!

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I let them dry in the sun for about 45 minutes.  Some parts were still a bit wet to the touch but I wanted to give them a 2nd coat of paint to really be vibrant colors.

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Poster board probably wasn’t the IDEAL thing to use for them to dry.  Bits of paper stuck to some.  But oh well! Still fun.  When we got to our campsite I opened up the ziploc, grabbed the green yarn I bought, and started threading the pasta.  I asked the kids what color they would want next, and usually had about 5-7 on there.

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camping makes kids dirty. as you can tell, she really was enjoying nature

It would have been a better idea for the larger pastas so they could have worked on this project themselves. I struggled a bit getting the yarn threaded through. Live and learn.  The necklaces did give off a bit of a glow – nothing too strong – but just enough to spot them a bit.  We also accidentally left them out overnight and found a hole in it the next day. The raccoons weren’t a fan as they left them right there.

Keep 'em Glowing

 

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