Monday, April 20, 2015

Glow Lanterns for Pools with Balloons and Glow Sticks

"Fill a balloon with a glow stick, then inflate! Makes a cool pool lantern!" 

If there is one thing I've learned, it's to be very skeptical of any "glow in the dark" project you find on pinterest. From plant pots to stepping stones, its usually not going to be anything like the image promises.

This is another case of such a project. Fill a balloon with a glowstick, inflate, and have a quick easy beautiful floating lantern, great for late night pool parties and such.

Unfortunately once again that's NOT what this is an image of. Its of an actual product called The Flat Ball Light. At over $200 a pop, that's not quite the easy thrifty item most people are looking for for their home parties.

So what DOES the DIY version look like? Over at the blog Life in the Wylde West, she tested the pin out herself. The results?

Glow Stick Balloons | Life in the Wylde West

Yeah, not impressive. At all. You're better off buying actual LED pool lights (there are cheaper options out there besides the $200 flat lights) but as long as you know what you're getting yourself into, your kids might still get a bit of a kick out the project.


  1. I think maybe the idea is to cut open the glow stick and put its contents into a balloon. Not saying that's safe, but . . .

  2. Jaymes R.20/6/15

    The contents of a glow stick contain sharp fragments... That would likely cause harm to the structure of the balloon...

  3. This is so funny bc a few months ago I, too, reviewed this pin & my outcome was that it simply looked like a balloon with a glow stick inside lol I put the pinned image & the reality image next to each other & quite a few people found it to be pretty funny - although, throwing a bunch in a pool isn't useless

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