How to Make a Glowing Flower

by Steve Sparkes
The best flowers to make glow are white carnations.

The best flowers to make glow are white carnations.

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Wow your friends or partner with a homemade glowing flower. There are a couple of ways to make a glowing flower. One method uses household items and an ultraviolet light, while the other method involves coating the flower in a special substance so that it will glow in the dark without assistance. Creating a glowing flower will take either a few minutes or around 24 hours, depending on your chosen method. Either method should cost you no more than a few dollars.

Items you will need

  • Highlighter pen
  • Hacksaw
  • White carnation or other flower
  • Sharp knife
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Glow paint
  • Plastic disposable bowl
  • Bright light

Ultraviolet Glow

Step 1

Cut the end off a florescent highlighter pen with a hacksaw.

Step 2

Remove the ink pad from the highlighter pen.

Step 3

Squeeze the contents of the ink pad into a glass of water.

Step 4

Slice the flower's stem off at an angle with a sharp knife. Cut it about 5 inches down from the bottom of the head.

Step 5

Place the flower's shortened stem into the glass of water and highlighter fluid and leave it for approximately 24 hours.

Step 6

Turn on the ultraviolet light near to the flower in a darkened room. The flower will have absorbed the highlighter fluid through its stem overnight and the flower should now glow in the dark.

Glow in the Dark

Step 1

Pour glow paint into a disposable plastic bowl.

Step 2

Turn the flower upside down and dip it into the bowl of paint. Dip the flower's head completely below the surface of the paint and leave it there for an hour with the stem leaning against the side of the bowl. The petals should have absorbed enough glow paint after an hour.

Step 3

Lift the flower back out of the bowl and hold it over the bowl for a few seconds until it has stopped dripping.

Step 4

Charge the glow paint by standing the flower in a vase under a bright light for a few moments.

Step 5

Turn out the lights and the flower should now glow in the dark.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cheap ultraviolet lights and glow paints can be found online for a few dollars.
  • Use a selection of differently colored highlighter pens to create a multicolored bunch of glowing flowers.
  • Do not allow children to have access to the highlighter ink, glow paint, sharp knife or finished glowing flower.

About the Author

Steve Sparkes started writing professionally in 1982. He was a journalist and photographer for "The New York Waste" magazine for a decade. Sparkes has a diploma of art and design and a Bachelor of Arts in history of art from the South-East Essex School of Art. He also has a Master of Arts in photography from the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts.

Photo Credits

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