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 ilovetocreate.com.


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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60 comments:

  1. OMGoodness - this is so amazing! Love it!

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  2. Wow, what a creative project to add to the hop, love it!

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  3. A fabulous creative project - it looks amazing!
    Kath x

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  4. What AWESOME projects!!!! Thanks so much for participating in this AWESOME hop!! You ROCK!!

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  5. What a fun and pehnomenal project! Great tutorial, too!

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  6. Great job I really love this project. Thank you so much for being part of this blog hop for such a great cause!!Happy Stamping/Keep Moving Forward!!

    Jessica Lynn
    http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/

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  7. Such a cool project! I really love that you showed it in the dark too!

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  8. That's why you bought that paint!! I love it Terri - fantastically creative and fun.

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  9. what an amazing project thanks for sharing !

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  10. Well, this is quite an amazing project! Fun ideas!

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  11. Oh, my! This is so cool and sweet!

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  12. Oh, WoW... LOVE that they glow!!! Bookmarking for future ref... thanks for the inspiration!!

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  13. Super cool project and such a hopeful message for us all!! Thanks so much for participating and supporting this hop!! I hope you have a REALLY GREAT day!!!

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  14. Your project: fabulous x awesome! WOW!
    ~c

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  15. What a fun idea!
    Thanks for sharing
    how to make one.
    Carla from Utah

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  16. Awesome project!! So cool!!

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  17. What an awesomely creative project! I love the fact that it's glow in the dark! The blue is so pretty a color! I absolutely love the butterflies! TFS!

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  18. Wow this is AWESOME!!!! GREAT and FUN project! Love the card too! Thank you for joining this hop ♥♥

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  19. These are so stinking cute!

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  20. Oh what a great project, my boys would love this. LIUB!

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  21. Super cute jar, especially love how it glows.

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  22. This is a really super project. I think it would be fun to do with kids.

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  23. What an amazing and awesome project!

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  24. This bug jar is such a brilliant idea! I love it!!! Thanks for participating!

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  25. What an amazing and fun project. My kids would love it! I have two children with autism. Thank you for supporting this cause.

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  26. Oh my goodness your jar of bugs is so very cute! It is obvious that you put so much love and care into creating your projects for the hop! Thank you for joining the LIUB Blog Hop!

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  27. How awesome is this. Love to see a little something different on the hop. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for taking part in this hop.

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  28.  Fabulous creative project!!! It is awesome!!!
    kisses;)

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  29. What a fantastic project! I love it! xx

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  30. I have never seen these paints before. I love your project but the pic where the jar is lit up in the dark rocks!!

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  31. wooow you made a sweet card and that project wooohooo amazing I have never made similar like this
    love your creativity
    AWESOME PRIOJECT
    hugs,
    Monika
    (I love and proud to join this hop and hope you like to hop back to my card it is #155)

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  32. I was delighted to find this blog hop in aid of Autism as our 8yo son has low spectrum autism. He is a wonderful boy, much loved by many. Your glow worm project is brilliant! Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting this cause.

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  33. my friend you are AMAZING! these jars are unbelievably cool

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  34. That is the COOLEST thing EVER! I will be trying this!

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  35. So very cool! I love your creative and clever glowing project!

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  36. That's so cool! Your glow-in-the-dark jar would make any kiddo super happy! I love the typography in your card.

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  37. Such a cute project for summer time! Love it!

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  38. What a fun fun project!!! ♥ Sue Kment

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  39. What a creative surprising project ! Great !
    And I love the card you made.
    Happy Easter !

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  40. I saw you at the Light It Up for Autism Awareness hop and came over to take a closer look.
    OMGosh how fun. LoVe it. Thanks for sharing and for helping to raise Autism Awareness.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsbyDragonfly {blogspot}

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  41. This is SO cool! I LOVE all the elements you have put together! So pretty! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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  42. That is such a cool project !!! Love it

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  43. Fabulous project and soooooooo fun!!!
    Thanks so much for participating in this important hop!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  44. How creative and fun! This would be a hit with any kid!!

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  45. Terri this is just so freaking cool! Both my boys said WHOA! I'm so glad you joined in this hop that is making my heart sing :)

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  46. WOW wow WOW
    Your glo bugs in a jar are SO MUCH FUN and SO COOL Terri, LOVE your tutorial and DELIGHTFUL card too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and being part of this AMAZING event for a great cause :)

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  47. Oh myyyy, love your project, it must be amazing to see in real life!

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  48. This is such an inspired and fun idea! The vellum bugs are so cute. Love it!

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  49. these are soooo cool! thank you for participating ♥

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  50. What a fun and clever idea!

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  51. Stunning! Clever project. Thanks for Shining a Light:)

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  52. This is such a novel idea and so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. What a neat idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Oh my goodness! This is so so cool! Thanks for taking the time to spread Autism Awareness!

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