Project: DIY Fairy Dust
Supplies: Fat glow stick(s), clear/white VERY sparkely glitter, jar, lots of towels
Results: A bit messy, dim lit jar, and a glowing carpet
Like many other projects I tend to do in the wee hours of the morning, I came across this on Pinterest (super addicting site by the way) and thought it was so cute! The idea of catching fairy dust in a jar? Too classic and makes me feel nostalgic about the days I wish I’d meet Tinkerbell and she’d whisk me away to Neverland. But instead, I’d settle for a knock-off version of pixie dust homemade by me, a non-fairy.
From the beginning, I wasn’t so sure I could pull this off, but I tried anyway, and got these:
In the light, looks even more boring, don’t it?
I was skeptical as soon as I tore the plastic off my glow stick. I thought I had one of those 12 inch fat in diameter glow sticks in a package—not being cheap and actually containing two very thin, short sticks (but that’s the dollar store for you…). That was FAIL 1.
Cutting the glow sticks = FAIL 2. Box cutter in hand, I firmly grasped this twiggy stick and tried to make a clean cut off the top. Instead, glow liquid shot across my room, creating a purple trail all the way to my door.
FAIL 3 was trying to pour the glowing contents into the jar. Since the directions were so vague, and maybe I’m just slow, but I couldn’t figure out to break the sticks before or after. I chose “before”, only to discover that the little bits of broken glass were slopping into the jar more than the glow liquid.
FAIL 4 occurred due to my choice in glitter, I chose regular sized gold. Upon further inspection and research, it seems the really large and pretty clear glitter works best.
Fail 5 had to be the purple glowing mess on my towels, carpet, fingers, and toes. As well as a few glass shards that liked to hide on my floor. Oh, and the lid to my jar was leaking so everytime I shook my jar, I had horrid smelling, glowing hands.
Oh what an experience this was. But all in all, the outcome of my small jar bought a smile on my face. I even added a little (badly drawn) fairy to brighten my pixie dust. If anyone wants to try this, I sugguest:
1. Large glow sticks
2. Clear sparkly glitter, you know the ones that look like little circles
3. Wear gloves
4. Use tons of towels
5. Beware of glass
All in all, another project tried, and some results I can learn from.
Anyone else out there willing to try this? I’d like to see how it went!