Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies

This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises.

Whether you call them lightning bugs, fireflies, or glow bugs, we can’t help but smile when we spot one flying around on a summer’s night. Have you and your family spotted any fireflies yet this summer? We haven’t caught any in jars, but these DIY painted pasta ones are the next best thing.

Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies

And we haven’t even mentioned the best part yet – thanks to Folk Art’s glowing acrylic paint, these fireflies’ abdomens will light up just like the real things! Make a whole bunch of these cuties like we did, charge them up under a lamp, and kids will have a blast making them fly around your backyard just after sunset. Who knows, maybe you’ll even attract some real fireflies! Keep reading to see the full instructions below.

Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies

what you need:

Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies

how-to:

Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 1
Paint the farfalloni pasta in whatever shades you like! Let dry.
Note: traditional farfalle (bowtie) pasta also works here, but the jumbo size of these ones works perfectly as the firefly wings.
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 2
Time to paint the fireflies’ heads! Same as before, apply a coat of paint to each lumache rigate shell and let dry. If you can’t find these exact noodles at your supermarket, smaller shells, orrichiette, or similar would be a good alternative.
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 3 
Now the most important part – the firefly’s glowing abdomen! Apply a coat of white paint onto the large shells and let dry completely. Then apply a few coats of glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint onto each, allowing to dry between coats. The more coats you apply, the more it will glow!
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 4
Hot glue two mini googley eyes onto each face.
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 5
Hot glue the head to the wings as shown.
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 6
And then glue the head and wings onto the end of a wooden dowel. Finally, hot glue the glowing abdomen onto the wooden dowel as well.
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Step 7
Repeat until you have a whole bunch!
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Aren’t they the cutest little fireflies you’ve ever seen?
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Glow-in-the-Dark Fireflies
Happy crafting!

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