Firefly jars

Video Tutorial

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Step By Step Direction – With Pictures

My childhood was filled with fun summer nights spent chasing fireflies and putting them in jars. I would fall asleep watching them flicker then set them free in the morning. Now that I have grandkids I am having just as much fun watching them chase fireflies. I decided to make firefly jars as a project at “Grandma Camp” and they were able to do it themselves with very little help from me. I hope you enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it. We will be sharing more craft projects in the coming weeks.


  • Plastic mayonnaise jar with lid\
  • wire or rope
  • wire cutters
  • hammer and nail or drill
  • stencils and glow in the dark paint

Step 1.

Make two holes in lid for wire using a hammer and nail or a drill. If you decide to use rope you will need to use a drill bit to make holes large enough to accomadate the rope. Make additional holes for ventilation.

Step 2.

Push the wire, or rope, through the holes you made. Twist the ends, clip, and then push up into the lid. If you use rope tie knots after you push it through each hole.

Step 3.

If you want to add a design tape a stencil to the outside of the jar and paint it with glow in the dark paint.

Spend some quality time with your child today !

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.