Making a glow in the dark bowling game at home? A DIY Guide

December 11, 2022
How To

Are you looking for a fun and unique way to spend an evening with your kids? Why not try making a glow in the dark bowling game at home? It's easy to do, and you only need a few simple supplies. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make your glow in the dark bowling game. Let's get started!

How to make a glow in the dark bowling game at home?

The essential ingredients you will need for this game are:

  • 10 empty plastic bottles
  • A ball
  • Something to weigh the plastic bottles (ex., tap water/sand/coins)

Empty Plastic Bottles

The pins are essential to the game; you will need empty plastic bottles to make them. You can use small or large bottles, depending on the size of your ball.

The bottles should be filled with water, sand, or even coins to make them heavier for bowling.

A Ball

The bowl can be anything you want, as long as it is round and can fit the number of pins you want to use—for example, a small tennis ball, a colored beach ball, or an inflatable one.

Setting Up the Alley and Pins

Once you have your pins and ball ready, it's time to set up the alley. Start by finding a flat surface on which to set up your pins. The most common choice is a hardwood floor, but you can also use concrete or carpet. Place the pins at least one foot apart and arrange them in a triangle formation so there is ten pins total. Make sure the triangle's sides are even, and the pins are firmly planted in the ground.

Next, mark off a throw line. This should be about 15 feet away from the pins, but you can adjust it depending on your alley and skill level. Place something on the line to signify where you will stand when throwing, such as a piece of tape or chalk.

Finally, place the ball on the throw line, and you're ready to start bowling. Remember to stay behind the throw line when releasing the ball so your score will count.

Creating The Glow Effect

This game can glow in the dark by using glow in the dark paint or spray paint. Here's how:


  • Glow in the dark paint/spray
  • A brush/ a can of spray paint


1. Cleaning The bottles

For any painting project, it's important to ensure a smooth and perfect finish to any item. Therefore, make sure you clean the bottle and ball before trying to add the paint. Give them a good scrub with your favorite washing product, and rinse all the excess soap or suds. Remember, make sure you dry off too!  

Using glow In the dark Paint:

2. Painting the bottles

Using glow in the dark paint:

Use a brush to apply the paint onto your bottles and ball.

Make sure you cover every inch of it with the paint so that it can glow brighter when required.

Remember that it's important to add multiple even coats of paint onto the bottles and ball and wait for the paint to dry before adding any more.

Using glow in the dark spray paint:

If you're using glow in the dark spray, firstly do it in an open space for safety reasons.

Keep the spray about 10-12 inches away from your bottles and ball, and shake the can before spraying during each coat. Remember to hold it still when spraying and work steadily while moving around the items. Make sure to cover every inch of them with paint and wait for the paint to dry before adding another coat.

3. Charging It

The last step to make your glow in the dark bowling game is charging it. You can use a bright light source like a black light or even the sun to do this. Shine the light directly onto your items for about 30 minutes, and they will be ready to go!

Easy option to Get a Glow in the Dark Bowling Set

You can always purchase a complete set if you don't have the time or energy to make your glow-in-the-dark bowling game. A glow in the dark bowling set typically includes 10 pins and 1 ball.

Good luck, and have fun bowling!

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