Learn how to make glow in the dark Galaxy Jars. This easy craft is perfect to make when watching 3Below on Netflix. Light up your galaxy jars, pop some popcorn and snuggle up for an out of this world adventure!

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids. #craft #kids

Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars

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With kids out of school for the holidays, this is the perfect time to get crafty at home! Today’s craft idea for these easy glow in the dark Galaxy Jars was inspired by Tales of Arcadis: 3Below, a cute new animated series streaming now on Netflix. It’s perfect for the whole family to watch together over the holiday break!

From the director Guillermo del Toro and the team behind DreamWorks Trollhunters, 3Below is a hilarious tale of alien royalty who must escape intergalactic bounty hunters by blending in on a primitive junk heap known as Earth.

Make one or two of these Galaxy Jars, grab some popcorn and snuggle up for some out of this world family adventures!

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids. Inspired by 3Below, a kid Netflix series.

About 3Below

3Below follows two royal teenage aliens, Aja and Krel, and their bodyguard Vex, as they flee a surprise takeover of their home planet and crash-land on Earth. Now on the run from intergalactic bounty hunters, they must blend in and adapt to the bizarre world of high school all while attempting to repair their ship to return to and defend their home planet.

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids. Inspired by 3Below, a kid Netflix series.

Easy Galaxy Jars Craft

I thought glow in the dark Galaxy Jars would be fun to make and then light up while watching this new series! After we got to testing the galaxy jars, I came up with two different versions for you to choose from.

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids by Living Locurto.

  • On the left is the No-Mess Galaxy Jar version with a printable galaxy backdrop from 3Below.
  • On the right is the slimy Ooey Gooey Galaxy Jar version that I know your kids will enjoy making. Just like Princess Aja’s alien dog, Luug, it’s a slobber mess, but of course super fun!

 

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars

With only a few ingredients, these glowing Galaxy Jars are a piece of cake to make! Here are the directions for both versions that I showed in the photo above.

What you’ll need to make the Ooey Gooey Galaxy Jars:

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. An easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids by Living Locurto.

Step 1

Remove the caps to the glue and squeeze some of each color onto a plate (plastic disposable is best). Use a plastic spoon to pick up some blue glue and rub it around the inside of a glass jar. Coat the jar well, but not too thick.

Next, spread some purple glue around, then add some pink in several places.

 Galaxy Jars are an easy DIY craft tutorial and party decor idea for kids by Living Locurto.

Step 2

Place the jar into the microwave and set the timer to 40 seconds. The heat from the microwave will heat the glue making it crystalize on the glass. You might need to heat for 30 additional seconds if you don’t notice the glue drying.

CAUTION: The jar will be HOT. Use an oven mitt to remove the glass from the microwave.

Let the jar completely cool.

Add more glue if you want more color and repeat the heating process. Only do this a few times, overheating can cause the glue to burn and darken the glass.

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto

Step 3

Once the jars have cooled, add a battery operated votive candle or glow stick and enjoy looking into the galaxy when it gets dark!

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto. Watch them glow in the dark! How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto. Watch them glow in the dark!

You’ll love the way the jars look with blue and pink glow stick bracelets! We had bad storms last night which caused our power to go out for several hours. Guess what came to the rescue? Talk about perfect timing. ha!

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto.

How to make Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial by Living Locurto.

 

What you’ll need to make the No-Mess Galaxy Jars:

  • Glass Jars
  • Battery Operated Votive Candle or Glow Sticks (in pink, purple or blue)
  • Free Printable 3Below Galaxy Paper

Click Here to Print the Galaxy Paper

Click here to print the Galaxy Paper

 

Step 1

Print the Galaxy Paper and trim to fit the size of your jar then place a battery operated votive candle or glow stick into the jar. That’s it! These look great on a party table or to use to hold pens and pencils.

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial with free printable by Living Locurto.

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial with free printable by Living Locurto.

I hope you enjoy these easy glow in the dark Galaxy Jars craft ideas! Check out the new animated series Tales of Arcadia: 3Below on Netflix Family today. We’re having fun watching it together as our Galaxy Jars glow!

How to make Galaxy Jars. Easy craft tutorial inspired by 3Below by Living Locurto.

 

Watch the official 3Below trailer below. Happy New Year!


 

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9 Comments

  1. I used the Elmer’s glitter glue, and we tried several thin layers, but the colors were very light. When we tried putting the color on more thickly, it all liquified and oozed down into the bottom of the jar. Could not seem to get the right combination of glue thickness and time in the microwave. My grandsons and I were very excited to do this project, but it was a bit of a disappointment.

  2. I had the same problem, I suggest not microwaving at all. However it might take a few days for glue to dry completely. I’m using these jars as my centerpiece for my galaxy theme baby shower?

  3. Is there a special trick to the glitter glue method? I’ve tried it several times, and all the glue except a very thin coating ends up at the bottom of the jar!

  4. So fun! My daughter just looked over my shoulder and wants to make one now. She of course wants the version with glitter glue! 🙂

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