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Make twinkle lights with a glass jar and water jewels

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Add some sparkle to your child's room

Enjoy the glow of fireflies all year long with this firefly twinkle light, an easy craft to make in the afternoon with kids. The soft glow from their new firefly twinkle light works as a fun nightlight as well.

Firefly Twinkle Lights

Making the firefly twinkle light is very easy and fun to do with kids.

Firefly Twinkle Lights

Supplies:

  • Empty 24-oz sauce jar, washed
  • Water jewels (found in the floral department of the craft store)
  • Waterproof lights (also in the floral department)
  • Teaspoon
  • Warm water
  • Ribbon and hot glue (optional)

Firefly Twinkle Lights: supplies

Directions:

Step 1

Firefly Twinkle Lights: Fill the jar with warm water

Fill the jar with warm water. Measure a large rounded teaspoon of the water jewels.

Step 2

Firefly Twinkle Lights: Pour the water jewels into the warm water.

Pour the water jewels into the warm water.

Step 3

Firefly Twinkle Lights: Allow the jar to sit for 2-4 hours

The water jewels will begin to absorb the water. Allow the jar to sit for 2-4 hours. Children can check back periodically to see how much the jewels have grown.

Step 4

Firefly Twinkle Lights: After 4 hours, the water jewels should have filled the jar

After 4 hours, the water jewels should have filled the jar. If there is still extra space, you can add more jewels.

Step 5

Firefly Twinkle Lights: You can tip the jar on its side

You can tip the jar on its side to see how large the jewels have become.

Step 6

Firefly Twinkle Lights: Carefully drain off the excess water.

Carefully drain off the excess water. Do not allow the water jewels to go down the drain; they might clog your pipes.

Step 7

Firefly Twinkle Lights: You can turn on the light and insert it now

You can turn on the light and insert it now, or you can add a ribbon for easy removal. To add the ribbon, cut a length of ribbon 1-1/2 times the height of the jar. Tie one end to the light and secure with hot glue.

Step 8

Firefly Twinkle Lights: Secure the other end to the inside of the lid

Use more hot glue to secure the other end of the ribbon to the inside of the lid.

Step 9

Firefly Twinkle Lights: Turn on the light and push it into the center of the ja

Turn on the light and push it into the center of the jar. Secure the lid in place. To dispose of the water jewels later, you can mix them into your garden soil.

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