Make Glowing Water With Highlighters vs Florescent Paint vs Glow Sticks ... and 1 more
Edited by Graciela Franchesca Rosario, Eng, Lynn, Clownz and 12 others
Making water glow-in-the-dark is a fun activity for all ages. It can be a great addition to your next Halloween or birthday party. Regardless of the occasion it is a great project to do with the kids. Or it can be used as a neat decorating idea to add a splash of glowing color to a vase of water.
Method 1: With Highlighters
- 1Buy and experiment with different highlighters to see which ones glow.Write on white paper with a highlighter and perform a black light test. You may use any color, but yellow will probably glow the brightest in the dark. Any brand of highlighter can work. You can purchase a highlighter at Target for less than a dollar. You may use neon markers of the non-highlighter variety as well. It is easiest to view the glow in a room which is completely dark.Advertisement
- 3Carefully remove the highlighter felt.You may do this by using pliers. You must be able to pull out the stopper, but if you can't, use a knife to cut it. You should do this over the sink to prevent dripping of ink anywhere else. It must be pulled of easily and carefully, as some of the ink may drip out.
- 6Observe the water.Turn off the lights in the room and turn on a black light, also known as UV light. Black lights are not expensive and can be purchased for only a few dollars. Black lights may also be purchased in the form of a flashlight or small key chain light. Black lights are also sold in the form of incandescent light bulbs at home improvement stores. The water should have a neon glow when hit by UV rays.
Method 2: With Florescent Paint
- 1Buy fluorescent paint at a craft store.Advertisement
Method 3: With Glow Sticks
- 1 Make water glow using glow sticks.
- 2 Questions and Answers
- 2.1 Will the highlighter method dye fabric glow in the dark?
- 2.2 Where to find a articles about it?
- 2.3 How do you make edible glowing water from staple ingredients?
- 2.4 How to make non-toxic water balloons?
- 2.5 Where can I get the Black light?
- 2.6 What is the Scientific explanation of why the water glows?
- 2.7 Am I to understand, it's as simple as = Tonic water + Bath water = Glow?
- 2.8 What highlighters are the best to use to make glowing water?
- 2.9 What is a good question about making glowing water?
- 2.10 What is the easiest way to crack open a highlighter?
- 2.11 Are you a scientist?? If so are you a science teacher?
- 2.12 How to make 'glow in the dark' water or something fun for a classroom?
- 2.13 I'm trying to figure out how can you make science project with a highlighter without using ultraviolet light?
- 2.14 My 4th grader is trying to make this science experiment and I'm looking for ideas and procedures?
- 2.15 How many exact tablespoons would I need to put in the water?
- 2.16 Can I just use flashlight and not blacklight?
- 2.17 I need to find a way to make the glow stick mix with the water better and last more than 1.30 min in the water guns?
- 3 Comments
Make water glow using glow sticks.
- 2Bend the glow stick to break open the glass tube inside and cut off one end of the glow stick, carefully placing it into a glass of water.(Be cautious of the broken glass still inside the glow stick.)
- 3You can also cut the end of the glow stick and pour it into the water to provide a strong glow into the entire cup.Do not ingest as the liquid inside of the glow stick is toxic. Turn the lights off and observe the water.
Method 4: With Tonic Water
- 1Pour tonic water into a glass and use a black light to watch it glow.
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- 2Do a party at night.Put glowing water in vases, glasses, mason jars, or other translucent vessels and place them around your backyard or home. If lights are turned off, it will be fun to see the glowing water.
- 3Use glowing water for fun in the bathtub.Get a black light, and some fluorescent paint that is non-toxic. Fill the bathtub with warm water, and when it's ready, slowly mix the paint into the water. Then turn your black light on, and turn the lights off in the bathroom. Now the water will be glowing, which makes a ton of fun for kids of any age. It's also safe for their skin. Just remember to turn the black light on before turning off the lights in your bathroom, so that no one slips or falls when the lights are off.
- 4Have a glow-in-the-dark water balloon fight.Put glowing water in a water balloon, and let it fly. Run around the back yard at night together with your friends while you enjoy a classic summer game. Avoid letting this water get into your eyes and mouth.
- 5Decorate the snow at night.When you have snow, try to make it glow at night. Paint it by refrigerating the water to prevent it from melting the snow, then place it in squirt bottles. And use it to pour and paint designs on the snow. This will be a great night for kids.Advertisement
Questions and Answers
Will the highlighter method dye fabric glow in the dark?
I am trying to make glow in the dark yarn. Can I use the method of making highlighter water, and then soaking yarn in it to make it glow? Thanks
Yes, you can make a glow in the dark yarn by soaking the yarn into water with highlighter ink. You will see that the yarn will glow if put it under black light. But you have to remember that the highlighter ink is not permanent. The ink is washable so if you will wash the yarn, definitely, the ink will be washed out.
Even glow in the dark paints on yarns will be washed out eventually.
See more questions like this: How long does the highlighter glow water last for
Where to find a articles about it?
Where because I need it for a project
You can always search for Articles here on VisiHow by doing the following.
- Click on the Search field at the upper-right corner of VisiHow.
- Type--in what you want to search.
- Then hit enter.
- Then choose an article from the search result.
- That's it.
How do you make edible glowing water from staple ingredients?
How do you make edible glowing water from staple ingredients?
Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely if not impossible to find a way to do that. Almost any product you find that glows in the dark, will be toxic and have warnings against ingesting it.
See more questions like this: When was the glowing water article created?
How to make non-toxic water balloons?
I'm having a slumber party and we're going to have a water balloon fight so I was wondering how I could make non-toxic water balloons so we can throw them at each other without getting sick.
To make non-toxic water balloons that you can use on your slumber party, you have to look for mylar or biodegradable water balloons. These are from natural sources so they are known to be non toxic. You also have to make sure that the water you put inside is clean and non-toxic.
For an added twist, you can use a non-toxic paint instead of water but this is not advisable if you do the party indoors. Instead of paint or just plain water, add food colorings to the water for a more exciting water balloon.
Where can I get the Black light?
I believe I can get ingredients except the black, cheap one. Where can I get it and how much does it cost?
You can purchase a black light from Amazon.
What is the Scientific explanation of why the water glows?
Can you tell me the scientific explanation of why the water glows because of the liquid inside of the glow-stick?
The phenyl oxalate ester and hydrogen peroxide inside the glow stick react causing the liquid contained to become luminescent.
Am I to understand, it's as simple as = Tonic water + Bath water = Glow?
How much tonic water to bathwater should I use?
A 2 L. bottle with about 40 gallons of bath water will glow under a black light. I have done this to make bath time fun for my children and used a cheap blacklight I found on clearance. You can use more tap water but the bath will glow less the more water you add and dilute the quinine in the Tonic water.
What highlighters are the best to use to make glowing water?
Most highlighter brands will work.
The yellow highlighter glows the best. Pink and greens can also be successful but you will want to watch to make sure you are not making the water too saturated with the darker colors.
See more questions like this: What is best to use to create liquid glowing water (without other use of light) that glows when the lights or off?
What is a good question about making glowing water?
I was on this website and I wanted to know a good question about making glowing water
What sort of light do I need to make the glow water glow?
You need a blacklight. Blacklight regular light bulbs can be found now in most party supply and big box stores. You simply swap your regular daily lightbulb with the blacklight for a party or fun to experiment.
What is the easiest way to crack open a highlighter?
I have a Sharpie highlighter, and they're pretty big. What's the easiest way to get them fill out?
Using pliers, pull on the top end off or crack it. Some highlighters have an easier extraction of the top piece than others.
Are you a scientist?? If so are you a science teacher?
You would make a good teacher.
Thanks! Most VisiHow contributors are a variety of people with skills in different areas. We all write articles on what we know about.
How to make 'glow in the dark' water or something fun for a classroom?
I'm trying to find something fun for Halloween. My teacher is planning on having a Halloween party for our classroom and I need help finding something fun
You can use any of the methods above to make glow water. Because it is in a classroom, you may want to make a box display around the water and you can put a small lamp with a black light in.
See more questions like this: Can I put a glow stick liquid in water, like will it glow
I'm trying to figure out how can you make science project with a highlighter without using ultraviolet light?
I want to make a project with a highlighter but I don't want to use ultraviolet light. I have tried: I have tried making glow in the dark water and glow in the dark crystals. I think it was caused by: It didn't work because I didn't use the right chemicals
You could use a glow stick which will glow in a darkened room without a blacklight. A highlighter will just dye the water a fluorescent but will not glow without a blacklight.
See more questions like this: I'm looking to do this for a school science project?
My 4th grader is trying to make this science experiment and I'm looking for ideas and procedures?
My fourth grader wants to use this idea to conduct a science experiment and I'm looking for ideas
Any of the methods in this VisiHow article would make a great science experiment. Especially if your child chose Tonic Water and explained how the Blacklight makes the quinine glow with a reaction.
How many exact tablespoons would I need to put in the water?
Is there a specific amount of paint that I would put and is it more likely that I may have to pour more in to affect the water
You want to start with two tablespoons to one cup of water. Add more paint or water to get the desired glow you want.
Can I just use flashlight and not blacklight?
Because it is hard to find a blacklight
No, unfortunately, a regular flash light will not make it look like the water is glowing. But the great news is that buying a black light is easy and cheap on amazon.com. Just search amazon for "black light" and choose one of the battery powered units. I paid only $8 for the light you see in this article.
I need to find a way to make the glow stick mix with the water better and last more than 1.30 min in the water guns?
What is happening is the first 5 quarts are good but then the color is almost gone and you have to use it straight away after adding the glow stick. I need to add the glow stick about an hour before they are going to be used. I have tried adding peroxide and dish soap and 6, 6 glow stick but I can't get it to work the way I need. The glow stick are good once they last more than 8 hours, when then they are in their tube so I know that's not the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have tried: I have tried tonic water, reg water, and I have tried adding 2 tbs of peroxide and 2 tbs of dish soap and up to 6 necklines sz glow sticks. I'm using about 6 oz container each time. I think it was caused by: I don't think it mixes with the water all the way
Mix the glowstick with liquid glycerin. Add a fraction of water if you think it is needed but test by adding a little at a time. You need something that will support the liquid of the glowstick and still spray through the water gun. You were on the right track with the dish soap but go straight glycerin.
See more questions like this: Can I just use glow sticks without any water and a UV light?
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