Thursday, April 2, 2015

DIY Glo Bugs In A Jar and Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness!

I'm so happy to be invited to participate in the "Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness" Blog Hop, hosted by Tenia Nelson and Veronica Zalis.  There will be a lot of projects showcased today so I hope you have the chance to check all of them out.  

You can find all the creations and sponsors listed here: 

If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6.

My inspiration for this blog hop?  I have a good friend who's child is on the spectrum.  He's the sweetest child and he's my little buddy!  I also work for an agency that serves children with disabilities so bringing awareness to Autism is something that I'm very happy to get behind.  The only instruction we've been given is to create something blue, so with that in mind........

 I have created a Glow in the Dark Bug Jar and mini card, both blue!

I've used most of the products that you see here.

To start, I've applied the Tulip white Glo fabric paint on these branches collected from my yard.  I also added a bit of Doodlebug Design Glitter so it looks pretty during the day.   You can find out more about this awesome Tulip Glo paint here, at

It takes several hours for this fabric paint to dry, so I decided I needed to prop up my branches to get all sides covered and speed up the process.  Luckily I had a mason jar lid with holes.  You could also use floral foam to poke your sticks upright, or just leave your branches long, place in a mug to paint, then break off the ends that weren't painted, after they've dried.

Next, I painted on shapes and designs with the Tulip white and blue Glo paint on vellum bugs that I cut with my Cricut Explore.  The vellum started to curl, so I decided to tack down my bugs with Tombow adhesive dots (cut in fours) to my craft mat.  

If I had it to do over, I would have gone with all smaller bugs, and let them curl naturally.   They actually look pretty cute.  If you have little toy bugs in your child's room, you could substitute for those.  They would work just as well with a little glo paint and glued to the branches.

In addition to making the fun bug jar, I also water colored and glittered this lovely mini card, which is from ADORNit Art Play Paintables.

This is what it looks like in the dark.  You can use a bright flashlight on it for a few minutes to bring out the glo, however an ultraviolet or black light works best.  This is 5 minutes into the glo process.  The kids will love having this on their shelf or dresser to watch as they drift off to Neverland!

Additional supplies: Stickles Star Dust glitter glue, Tombow Dual Brush pens, Lantern Blue Mason Jar from Hobby Lobby, Decorative straw fiber from the Scrapbook Expo, craft sequins, The Paper Studio gemstones

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