October 17, 2012


Some things are truly fascinating. I mean, many things are, but some to an extreme extent. These pictures are the result of me cutting open glow sticks and putting the fluid in a jar. The Internet is full of people doing that, but ever since I saw this (although it uses a different substance), I wanted to try it for myself as well. So I did.

Imagine me happy as a kid and genuinely exited about what I just created. Then running downstairs (I was at my parents’), disturbing my family in their TV-show or movie-plot or who cares what by switching off all the lights in the living room and shaking my jar excitedly up and down in the dark exclaiming “look look”. Then switching the lights back on, running upstairs again, and experiment some more.  I think my loved ones are used to my ‘projects’ by now. You should know that I generally am a calm and quiet kid.

It became really awesome at the point where I got my hands on some mirrors. I created an infinite number of glowing jars in my room and far far beyond; a long row of jars all the way through the walls. Talking about combining fascinating phenomena. Seriously guys, I can’t get over how many fascinating things we have in this world. Just a simple exothermic chemical reaction makes me run wild.

Photography in the dark is something completely new to me. I normally use bright popping colors, but I really love how these turned out.

But judge for yourself, doesn’t it look magical? :)


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    October 17, 2012 at 12:21

    This looks awesome! I love finding everyday things to be fascinated by. And your photos are beyond cool! I love the second last one!


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    Elaine Ramos

    October 17, 2012 at 14:29

    The colors look so prettyyyyy! <3

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    October 17, 2012 at 15:05

    Oh my god! I really really REALLY need to try this myself now :p xo

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    The Quiet Owl

    October 17, 2012 at 16:40

    That’s awesome! I’ve seen this too and wondered if it actually worked. You took some great photos in the dark!

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    October 17, 2012 at 17:58

    Wow, that is so neat!

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    October 18, 2012 at 03:19

    I think I would have done the same thing – no shame in being excited about a project!

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    October 18, 2012 at 06:26

    It does.

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    October 18, 2012 at 08:09

    Very VERY magical! Erg leuk idee!!

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    October 18, 2012 at 08:20

    Absolutely magical!
    I love those photos

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    C. and S.

    October 18, 2012 at 08:32

    Your blog is so amazing! Love the pics so much!
    You have a new follower (Gloria Pepe 266 via GFC)! Hope you’ll do the same, dear!
    Thank you!


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    October 18, 2012 at 17:29

    It looks like there is something alive in the jar!

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    Boye By Red

    October 18, 2012 at 20:16

    I can actually feel your happiness in the post. Such wonderful post and i love that last image. It is beautiful.

    Keep smiling.

    Red xx

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      Magical Day Dream

      November 8, 2012 at 15:23

      That’s great! I always hope to fill my blog & posts with happiness ;)

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    October 19, 2012 at 05:32

    Well, it is totally magical! I’ve seen these pins on Pinterest before too, but so many things on Pinterest don’t work, so I never gave it much thought. But this is great! I will definitely have to try this sometime and be just as entranced as you were haha. (I especially loved the imaginary scene with your family. It sounds like something I might have done as a kid too!)

    And your tiny house cookies are just too flippin cute! I can hardly stand it. Seriously. So cute. And the dinosaurs are petty awesome too : ]

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      Magical Day Dream

      November 8, 2012 at 15:32

      Haha I am afraid I am still that way (not only as a kid :p ) Yes I need to bake more cookies! I want to!

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    Teresa @ Delightfully Darling

    October 20, 2012 at 09:39

    I love your enthusiasm! You happiness and excitement makes me smile :) I love this jar project… reminds me of being little and catching fireflies… renaming them Tinkerbell and making wishes on their release.

    xo Teresa

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      Magical Day Dream

      November 8, 2012 at 15:33

      I love that take on it! And always good to have an excuse to make wishes ;)

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    October 21, 2012 at 09:06

    you have a lovely blog~ all your photos are amazing! This is such an awesome DIY btw… totally going to try it ASAP


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    October 21, 2012 at 19:56

    I get your excitement, it turned out really amazing!

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    Anne Lien

    October 22, 2012 at 19:52

    omg this is so amazing! I actually saw this on pinterest the other day and I wanted to try it out so badly! now even more ;)
    A friend of mine once left a glow stick lying around after a party. It was on her drawing tablet. The next day it had leaked and somehow melted/dis formed the hard plastic o.O
    So it’s pretty aggressive stuff!


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      Magical Day Dream

      November 8, 2012 at 15:22

      Really? That’s good to know. I once bit one open accidentally during a high school party haha. Don’t think that was the most healthy thing to do.. oops

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    Hena Tayeb

    October 22, 2012 at 19:59

    That looks so cool and fun

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    Hena Tayeb

    October 25, 2012 at 19:47

    I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award on my blog

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    October 28, 2012 at 16:07

    always keep your beautiful imagination and exquisite humor xx

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    July 19, 2013 at 22:14

    Just wanted to ask a quick Q, how long did the glow last? or is it still going?

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      Magical Daydream

      July 24, 2013 at 11:55

      It glows for about 12 hours or so? After a while the glowing becomes less intense though. It is caused by an exothermic reaction. In the plastic tube are two liquids that are separated by a very thin glass layer. When you bend the plastic the glass breaks and the two chemicals react. The way to make it lasting is probably use a completely different liquid, like glow in the dark paint and let it dry. That way it can glow every time after being in the light. Hope that helps.

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    January 23, 2014 at 18:31

    Beautiful!!!! How you do that? You put in water?

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      January 27, 2014 at 10:14

      You can buy glow sticks in the store. The glow sticks have 2 liquids in them, which are separated by a very thin glass layer. Once you break the stick, the glass breaks and the two liquids merge. A thermic reaction follows, that will result in energy loss in the form of light. This reaction will go on for a couple of hours. So you don’t need water, just the liquid in the glow sticks.

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    Sky Lanterns

    May 12, 2016 at 13:59

    it is truly a magical daydream , it is gicing me feelings of relaxation the feelings of childhood :)


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