Catching Fireflies; The Faux Decor Version

Catching Fireflies; The Faux Decor Version

A lot of us can recall fond childhood memories of running around the neighborhood, on warm summer nights, catching fireflies. We would place ours in a ventilated jar creating a magical glow for a few hours before letting them fly away free, night after night. Keeping with our whimsical ‘bug’ bath theme, I thought it would be a cute to re-create a little faux jar that would give off that same warm magical glow for my little guy once the sun goes down.I found some small 1/4″ Button Plugs in the wood section of my local craft store. They ran $1.19 and came 22 in a pack. With a little American Glow-in-the-Dark Paint from DecoArt, these tiny little wood turnings instantly became our mini fireflies.

For our container, I repurposed one of the many glass food jars that I’ve had tucked away, as I just can’t seem to get rid of them. The lid received a coat of satin nickel spray paint to cover up the logo and any printed writing. To create the handle, I used some brown vine covered wire. I love the natural feel and texture of this stuff, plus the wire is flexible enough to bend and shape into any form.

The filler was made from some cuttings of a faux grass bush; I simply just cut individual blades off the stem and glued on each little ‘firefly’ with a dab of hot glue.

Arrange the blades in the container and you have a magical little jar filled with warm glowing friends.

I went in the dark closet to test this out and it is just adorable. The Americana Glow Paint is so cool! I can definitely think of a few more projects to use this on for our bug bath. I’ll try to capture it in a picture later on {not sure how it will turn out though}

Happy Friday Everyone! Enjoy!


  1. Oh I love it!!! What a cute creative idea to go with your bug theme. And it even glows in the dark. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love that wire you used. Does it come wrapped like that or did you wrap it? It really finishes it off.

  2. This is so cute! I love it, a lot! I may need to come up with some excuse to make this…

  3. So stinkin’ cute! Love it!

  4. What a fun idea! We don’t have fire flies where we are, I have always wanted to see one in person!

  5. Well, how cool is that!

  6. You are so smart, you’re killin me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This is take-my-breath-away adorable. Thanks for sharing it! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

  8. I love this. My aunt who is a year younger than me grew up in Oklahoma. I would always spend 2 weeks every summer with her and my grandpa. We would collect fireflies and once we tried to take a bath by firefly light. I can’t wait to see the night pic.

  9. I live in Arizona and I have never seen fire flies here. This would be fun to make to create some. TFS!

  10. With my faux floral business I thought I had heard of EVERYTHING faux…now this! LOL! This is just as cute as can be. I may have to try this for my little grandsons. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. That is so cool & creative! My son would love something like that in his bedroom at night. I’d love it in the garden.

    Have a great weekend,

  12. That is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Wouldn’t children love that in their room to look at. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  13. This is so cute. We don’t have fire flies in Utah, but I grew up with them in Indiana. Every summer I talk to my kids and hubby about how much I miss them. This would be such a fun thing to make for my kids.

  14. What a fun thing to make with my grandgirls this summer!!!

  15. that is an absolutely adorable idea! perfect for party favors or party decor too. Wish we had a deck to set a bunch of these up on!

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  17. Sorry, I mad a huge spelling error in the first comment!
    This is a cute and fun idea! The kids will love this and what a fun conversation starter ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope your weekend is full of fun!

  18. This is so clever! My boys go out every night to catch fire flies. This would be a really fun way to celebrate that! Lisa~

  19. Love this sooo much! I have the glow in the dark orange paint I’ve never used but I bought because the idea was cool, now I have something to do with it!

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens

  20. I really want to do this! My son loves catching them!

  21. You’re a riot — love this!
    Jude at
    dolcecapecod. dot

  22. This is waaayyyy too cute!!!!

  23. What a cute and clever idea! Hailing from Iowa and now living in Arizona, I miss fireflies (we also called them lightning bugs). They were great evening entertainment when I was growing up. This would be so cute to dazzle guests during an evening out on the patio!

  24. No way! I absolutely love this!!!!

  25. That is such an adorable idea!!!

  26. Super cute!

  27. oh how i wish i had your creative mind!

  28. I absolutely LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing!

  29. Very clever- my boys would love this!

  30. Adorable! We don’t have fireflies out here, I am going to have to try this out instead. My boy will love it!

  31. What a cute idea!

  32. So dang cute! You know, I have never seen fire flies.

  33. What a fun idea. I will be bookmarking this one for sure.

  34. Doesn’t hurt or harm any little lives either! Love THAT!


  35. What a lovely project for a child… your son must be thrilled with it!! I’ve never seen fireflies. I think I want to do this project for ME! HaHa!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. Cute! I’d love to see how it looks in the dark. We don’t have fireflies here in California. Sure wish we did. I love them.

  37. Super cute idea! You are one creative lady!

  38. Simply adorable!!! Love the idea. Thanks for sharing.


  39. I saw my first fireflies when I recently traveled to the east coast. So lovely.

  40. Sooooo cute!! What a fun idea! Did your little guy love it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo [email protected]

  41. What an adorable idea! We only caught one firefly in our yard last night. My boys want to know where they all went!


  42. This is such a cool idea. I wrote down all of the info so that I could come back and visit and try this great project. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Stephanie,
    You amaze me! You should have your own show on HGTV!

  44. SO flippan ADORABLE!!!

  45. Thanks for this idea. We made one of these last week. I tried to recycle or use materials we had on hand. For the jar we used a plastic peanut butter jar since this was for my 5 year old. We also used a green foam sheet to cut out the ‘grass’. I will say that ‘artificial’ grass would really work much better. The leaves need some stability to stand up straight. We stuffed the jar more to get the leaves to stand straight up. My daughter insisted on gluing paper cut our butterflies to the backs to give the bugs wings and gogglie eyes. LOL We also used a pipe cleaner for the handle.

    Thanks for this idea, she loves it.

  46. oh also wanted to mention that we used glue dots to hold the wood bugs onto the leaves. This way my daughter was able to attach them herself and nothing needed to wait to be dried.

  47. I’m making a jar with LED throwies, but they only last two weeks and aren’t exactly kid-friendly. This is much better for my little ones, and much simpler to create. So glad I found this!

  48. How COOL! Just found you thru Craft Gossip and now I’m a follower:) Luv your ideas.

  49. I totally love this, too cute!

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  50. This is a great idea, I’ve been looking for simple, DIY center pieces for my outdoor wedding, and I think I found it!

  51. hello, I love this idea. I found the wire you were talking about in google, and its expensive. It comes with a lot too. I saw a website that sells bark covered wire. would this also work? Also, you didnt say how you put the wire on the jar.

    For a Snapple bottle and Smuckers grape jelly glass jar I finished this sounds expensive. : Never the less, you crafts/ ideas are great.


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