“Homemade Glow Bottle” – #TBCCrafters (05/22/14) 4

Homemade Glow Bottle” #TBCCrafters Hop

I saw something like this online and figured it would be fun to try.  How many time did you love to play with glow sticks when you were little?  They were always a “thing” for us – fun and usually only available around the 4th of July.  Now you can get them almost any time of year, plus I found them at Dollar Tree, so they’re a lot cheaper!!! Love it!!  I first saw this and figured…hmmm…wonder if it’ll work?  Well, read on and you’ll find out!! 🙂

I hope you like it!! Have a blessed day, and please be sure to comment on and share this #TBCCrafters craft!!


“Homemade Glow Bottle”


Materials/Tools Needed: 

  • Bottle of Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Glow Stick
  • Dish Soap
  • Scissors
  • & Time!



How many have you have seen this project online?


Well, I started out with just the materials in the list above that are in italics, just like it shows in the picture above.  I’ve heard that this is able to be done, and that it’s so easy!!  I’ve also heard rumors online that this recipe is a fake.  There’s even a Snopes post even verifying it being false.  Everyone says that the YouTube videos have been doctored, and all that they do is switch bottles with the following ingredients in the list above.  Well, I decided to try it out myself.  Little bit of Mythbusters in me, I guess!!  Here’s what I got with the first recipe:


Wow!! Now that’s bright, huh??  NOT!!!  I guess the guys at Snopes were finally right about something!  So, now making a few changes with the above, I’ll walk you through a new way with a different recipe I found online.

Start by drinking most of the soda (turns out that it doesn’t even need to be Mountain Dew).  I can’t stand this stuff, so I called in my Scientific Assistant (thanks Dylan!!)


Next, when you have just about 1/4 cup of soda left in the bottle, add about 1 teaspoon of baking soda.


Then add about 1 tablespoon (or 3 capfuls) of the peroxide, and a squirt of dish soap into the bottle.


After that, I used one of the long necklace style glow sticks and cut off the tip with scissors (be sure you do this either over the trash, or a sink).  Let the liquid drip into the bottle.  You might have to break it up and get the pieces of glass out, as well, so make sure this is ONLY DONE BY ADULTS!!  Once you have that all combined, hand it over to your Scientific Assistant to shake up really well.


Now you can take it to a dark place and see how well it glows – it doesn’t last very long, but my son loved how bright it was when he was done shaking it around.



Notes (from About.Com):  There’s nothing special about Mountain Dew. In fact, you don’t even need soda, you can just use a bit of water.  You really don’t even need the peroxide or baking soda either. The project works if you add a little detergent and the contents of a broken glowstick to any near-empty 20-oz bottle. (However, if you do add the peroxide and baking soda, you get an immediate bright glow. Enjoy the glow while you can because the chemiluminescence reaction proceeds rapidly. If you use peroxide you will notice the light starting to fade within about half a minute.)


 Please take a minute to leave me a comment and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc.  Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!


“A golden glow is seen in the north, and the glory of God fills us with awe.” –Job 37:22

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Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs)

This is such a cute idea. I would definitely turn it into a science project!

Dawn Pruitt
9 years ago

Interesting! I have seen these online many places and always thought it was the soda and ingredients that made it glow. Interesting to know it takes glow sticks to actually make it work. Still pretty cool!

Rose Powell
9 years ago

That’s cool, but that’s amazing (and a bit scary) that Soda can make this…