Glowing Jello = Jel{g}low.  Can you make Jello?  Then you can also make it glow!  Easy, fast, and cheap – my favorite kind of project!

Materials Needed:

  • Jello
  • Tonic Water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Microwave
  • Glass Serving Containers
  • Black Light

How To:

1. Heat 1 cup of tonic water until boiling.

2. Add Jello packet, and stir thoroughly until completely dissolved.

3. Add 1 cup of chilled tonic water – stirring until completely mixed.

4. Pour into serving containers – dividing into whatever number….  Makes 4 servings, but could be served in shot glasses or test tubes.

5. Chill at least 3 hours, over night would be best.

6. Plug black light in where planning to serve, and turn on.

7.  Display Jello {very} near black light.

*When I’m entertaining, and food is served buffet style, I like to have the food displayed at various heights.   Place elevators {glasses, cake stands, boxes, etc.} where you want them, and cover with tablecloth or piece of fabric.  Fold edges under, and flounces the fabric around the perimeter of the food display allowing it to form a pillowy puddle of fabric.  I used a glass Pyrex dish turned up side down to display the jel{g}low, allowing for more light to penetrate into the jello and intensifying the illumination.  If you choose to do this, simply make sure that two edges of the fabric are on top of the Pyrex dish.  Separate the fabric to allow the black light through.  You would really benefit from the fabric on this display to hide both the light, and it’s cord.

8. Dim lights down low, and call in your kid{s} – or whomever you made it for.  Watch their eyes light up with curiosity, and disbelief when told it’s edible.

Variations Worth Exploring:

1. Because this works with every color of Jello, you may want to do layers – or even layer a full rainbow of colors to create a stunning visual effect.

2. Add a ghost peep into the Jello.

* You may want to let the Jello set up a bit, because the ghost wants to hover at the surface waist deep.  I imagine once the jello has firmed a bit, it will be thick enough to keep the stubborn sucker down there where he belongs.  I used a corn holder shoved into him to keep him in place.  Whatever works, right?  Different paths, same destination. 😉

 I hope you enjoy this little trick as much as we do at my house.


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 Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice @ Seven Thirty Three Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts Hookin Up @ HOH Thrifty Thursday @ Bloggeritaville Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies and Jellybeans Trick or Treat Link Party @ The DIY Home Sweet Home Project Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts Making it with Allie @ Allie Makes Inspiration Board @ Homework Motivated Monday @ Be Colorful M.M.M. @ C.R.A.F.T. Halloween Party @ Polish the Stars

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