Glowing Fishbowl

For this project, I was inspired by a glass bowl that I had at home that kind of looked like a fishbowl. The idea of a glowing fishbowl made perfect sense because it was all the fun of staring at a pretty fish without any of the responsibilities of caring for a real fish. A little glow-in-the-dark glitter later, I had a fishbowl complete with seaweed that gave off a beautiful glow at night. Next time, I think I would add a little starfish or hermit crab so my fish had some more friends!

  1. Ages: 5 - 16

  2. 2+ hours

  3. Super messy


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Squeeze some glue onto a plate or water-resistant scrap paper. Use glue to paint the inside of the bowl or jar with squiggly seaweed lines and some blobby fish to create an underwater scene.Tip: The taller your jar or glass, the harder it will be to control the design near the bottom. A short, wide-mouthed container works best.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Before the glue dries, pour some glow-in-the-dark glitter inside your bowl or jar. If the container has a lid, seal it well and shake it all around to coat the inside with glitter. If not, work over a trash can or sink (or other easily-cleaned surface) and gently tap the glitter around the inside of the container to coat it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    If you also have glow-in-the-dark paint, you can add details and accents now, such as eyes for fish or speckles of color. We squeezed the paint directly onto the bowl from the tubes, but it's very easy to use way too much paint. Using a clean paintbrush would also be a good way to add the paint.Tip: Be careful not to disturb the glitter glue too much! If you have time to spare, you might wait for the glue to dry before this step.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    The hardest part: waiting. Leave your glowing fishbowl in the sun to dry so it can charge up its glowing powers!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    Once it's dry and charged up, turn off the lights to see your glowing fishbowl light up! After the colors fade, it can be recharged with sunlight or by holding it near a bright light for a few minutes.These same materials can be used to make lots of different scenes, not just a fishbowl. For extra artistic fun, try to create a galaxy or a glowing flower garden!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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