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DIY Constellation Jar : Glowing Science Fun

Oh Gosh, y’all! I haven’t enjoyed making a craft this much in awhile. I love love this Constellation Jar. If your kids enjoy looking at the night sky, they will too! You can do this with nearly anything glass you have- mason jar, wine bottle, bowl, really the choice is yours, and it doesn’t require a steady hand or any art skill, so put that out of your head right now. Now before we get started on this constellation jar, I wanted to make sure you knew about other fun jar crafts you can do here!

DIY Constellation Jar

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorialNow this is not the only way I will be sharing with you how to make a constellation jar, so stay tuned later this week for another alteration of this craft. For now lets get a few things out of the way. To make a constellation jar you need the following items

  1. paints (I used Black, Dark Blue, Purple, Deep Pink, White with Sparkles)
  2. Glow in the Dark Paint (optional)
  3. Paint brush
  4. Paint sponges
  5. Mason Jar

When I shop for craft items it can take a long time. Lately I have just been using amazon. I do not have to run around town, I am not tempted by items I don’t need and they have free shipping. Check out the prices here on getting this project done EASILY:

Ball Pint Regular Mouth Jars and LidsBall Pint Regular Mouth Jars and LidsDecoArt DS50-3 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, 2-OunceDecoArt DS50-3 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, 2-OunceApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 PieceApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece

Instructions to create your Constellation Jar

First things first. Paint your jar entirely black. If you have the patience, let it dry all the way. If not, let it dry most of the way. I fall under the “it looks dry enough” crowd, but keep in mind that your black will mix in with your other colors as you do this and may take more than one coat if you don’t wait.

Once your black is read, start by sponging on your blue and light blue. I use a round sponge like this one and make V shapes all over the bottle. If you do a little at a time, you can build up the look of the jar. Once I was happy with alternating blues, I started adding pinks and purples for the look below.

Now you can decide if you want to use white paint or glow in the dark paint to add the stars. The white paint goes on easier because it’s thicker. You simply dab a regular paint brush and use your finger to flick the paint onto the jar. Make sure your jar is on a piece of paper because paint will fling in several places. If you are using glow in the dark paint, I find that it’s runnier and tends to put more paint out than tiny dots, so be aware that you may get more splatters and less dots. In the jar below, I did BOTH on the same jar.  I think the key here is to not be afraid of it.

 

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

DIY constellation jar DIY

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

 

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

 

Depending on how much glow in the dark paint you use, it glows too~! (this is hard to capture on film, but is fun!)

Ball Pint Regular Mouth Jars and LidsBall Pint Regular Mouth Jars and LidsDecoArt DS50-3 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, 2-OunceDecoArt DS50-3 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, 2-OunceApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 PieceApple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece

flick off light

Love this craft? Try these! Just click below to check out these two fun jars.

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Create a Constellation Jar that lights up: host the galaxy in your room with this DIY Constellation jar, picture tutorial

 

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