What do you do when you buy twelve tubes of glow-in-the-dark bracelets from the Target dollar spot to use as birthday party favors and then forget to bring them to the party? You make a string of lights out of them, duh! I must give Ruby some credit for this idea because she got my mind turning when she'd matched up all the colors in X shapes on the table. I saw what she was doing and then realized it'd be fun to loop them into bracelets and make a chain and then decided I'd take it a step further and loop them in pairs and tie them to some yarn. It was a good excuse to have a little fun on a summer night, let them stay up past their bedtime, and use up twelve tubes of bracelets!
To make your own, you'll need a handful of tubes of these bracelets or a similar brand. Larger and thick tubes are available and would be fun to disperse between the smaller ones. Match them up in pairs and then break them to initiate the glowing effect before you loop them together. I wrapped some yellow twine around one end to hold the two circles in place but later realized I could just tie them onto the yarn with the same kind of knot to cut down on the work and get the same effect.
Cut a length of neon twine or yarn as long as you want your lights to be and then tie a looped set on every 8" or so. I made three different strands with one of them being small enough to tie on to the front of the teepee.
Then I made a fun little space in our backyard with the quilt we always take to the park, our Playhaven teepee, some pillows and a blanket or two. The kids were at the park with Brett while I was finishing this part up and were so excited to return to a little party.
We roasted marshmallows for S'Mores before it got dark and then I gave them the extra sticks to make bracelets and necklaces, etc. Once it was really dark we got back out there for some more glow-in-the-dark fun.
The kids had so much fun playing with their glow sticks and seeing all the light blurs in my camera feed. They loved staying up after dark and begged to sleep outside under their lights but rain was in the forecast.
Here's the most important part of this tutorial. If you're planning to enjoy the glowing effect for more than an hour or two, be sure to make your strands as close to dark as you can manage. Have a friend or your kids (should that apply) help you break the lights and tie them on and you'll have bright lights for awhile.
Here's another fun use for glow-in-the-dark bracelets from the time we welcomed Brett back after dark from a month away for training.