From night time charity runs, to 90’s raves, and everything in between, there’s a place for glow sticks in everybody’s life and at every event no matter what. To prove it, we’ve created the most essential, substantial, glowtastic article you will ever see to tell you every single glow stick idea there is.
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Sit back and enjoy the most essential list of glow stick ideas you will ever find:
Accessories & Costumes
Just about any outfit can be improved with a bit of glow. Check out these ideas for using glow sticks to make yourself stand out from the crowd…
1. Glow stick jewellery
2. Glow in the dark glasses
Get serious about your glow and snap on a pair of glow stick glasses
3. Glow stick cap
Top off the whole look with a glow in the dark cap
4. Glow stick flip flops
And so your feet don’t feel left out, use zip locks to attach some glow sticks to a pair of flip flops. Check out this great tutorial from dollar store crafts
5. Glow in the dark stick man costume
This simple costume idea is so effective. Dress in black and attach glow sticks to your clothes in the shape of a stick man.
Or get really clever and see what other great effects you can create
Parties & Decorations
Glow sticks were made for parties. Well, actually, they were first invented and used by the military, but glow sticks found their true calling when it came to making a good party.
6. Halloween Jack O’Lantern
Safer than candles, but just as effective. Pop a glow stick inside your Halloween Jack O’Lantern for a spooky glow.
7. Glowing jar of spiders
Creepy but effective. All you need is an empty jar, some cotton buds, plastic spiders and a few glow sticks.
8. Spooky eyes
Make your own by cutting eye shapes into an empty toilet roll and popping a glow stick inside, or go wild and get some ready made.
9. Party chain
Link a few glow stick bracelets together for some really eye-catching party chain decorations
10. Table settings
Love this place setting idea by Partywirks.com
Give the palace at Versailles a run for its money with a chandelier made from glow sticks
12. Glowing ice bucket
Put some glow sticks in a bucket of ice to keep your drinks cold and classy
13. Glow stick candy floss
It’s all the rage at weddings now don’t you know?
14. Garden path lighting
15. Garden tree and shrub party lighting
16. Glow stick signage
Stick glow sticks to the wall and make signs with them – like this one by smileandwave
17. Glow ceiling fan
Secure some glow sticks to a ceiling fan, switch it on and VOILA
18. Glow stick balloons
Crack a glow stick and pop it inside a balloon for additional party lighting.
Games and Activities
Just about any activity can be made more exciting with glow sticks. Here are some of our favourites:
19. Photo art
Get your camera on slow shutter and make some glow stick art. It’s the obvious thing to do.
20. Glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt
A twist on the traditional easter egg hunt. Here’s how: plan your own glow in the dark easter egg hunt
21. Diving lighting
Glow sticks are waterproof – that’s why they’re ideal for lighting the way when deep sea diving
22. Garden festival or rave
No need to brave the portaloos at Glastonbury – throw your own festival in your back garden with some loud music, a few hay bales, and a lot of glow sticks
23. Glow in the dark bowling
Put glow sticks in bottles of water to act as the skittle and light the bowling alley with glow sticks. Use a glow in the dark ball to knock dem skittles down!
24. Glow stick skipping rope
Attach glow sticks to a skipping rope for an INSANE skipping experience
25. Glow in the dark noughts and crosses game
Perfect for a summer’s evening
26. Glow stick hopscotch
Once you’ve had enough of tic-tac-toe, rearrange your glow sticks for a glow in the dark game of hopscotch
27. Glow in the dark musical instruments
Attach glow sticks to drum sticks or around the outside of a guitar for some truly rock and roll moments
12 inch glow sticks and a few glow necklaces are all you need for this simple lawn game. You can get it all in a handy pack here.
29. Sensory play
Glow sticks are great for sensory play. Find out more here.
30. Glow stick bath
Kanye West lets his kids play with glow sticks in the bath. You should too.
31. Glow stick jacuzzi
But if we’re going to be all celebrity about it, you really should be putting glow sticks in your jacuzzi
32. Glow stick pool party
Is this taking it too far?
Ever heard of Glowsticking? Well now you have:
34. Glow stick yoga
If you’re after something a bit more Zen, how about incorporating glow sticks with a spot of yoga? Or glowga, as we like to call it.
35. Glow stick fitness
Perhaps you’re after something to get your blood pumping. Get your glow sticks out and slap on some neon paint for a glow stick fitness class
36. Glow stick war
Get rid of some pent-up aggression and start a glow stick war
If you buy them wholesale, glow sticks have excellent mark-up value which is great for fundraising for charity events or school PTAs.
38.Pop bottle firefly
Onelittleproject have come-up with this kid-friendly craft using empty bottles and glow sticks
39. Mushroom decorations
Not sure where you’d use them, but these DIY mushroom decorations look pretty good
40. Valentine’s or Mother’s day gifts
Make someone’s heart glow with this cute little craft. It could also work well as wedding favours
41. Night light
Use glow sticks to create a comforting glow for little ones who don’t like the dark.
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