How to Make Something Glow In The Dark: 3 Simple Methods

November 22, 2022
How To

Do you want to learn how to make something glow in the dark? It's easier than you think! In this tutorial, we will show you three different methods that you can use to make any object or liquid glow in the dark. Whether you are looking for a fun project for a party or want to have some fun in your own home, these methods are sure to please.

Method 1: Using Glow In The Dark Paint

The first way to make something glow in the dark is by using glow in the dark paint. This is an excellent option if you want to create stunning decorations, as the bright colors will pop in a darkened room.


- Glow in the dark paint

- Paintbrush

- Clear varnish or sealer


1. Start by choosing a brightly colored glow in the dark paint and painting it onto your object. You can use a paintbrush, paint spray, or another applicator to apply the paint.

2. Once you've finished painting, use a clear varnish or sealer to protect the paint and make it last longer.

3. Charge the object with a UV light or by leaving it in direct sunlight for a few hours. The longer you leave the object to charge, the brighter and longer-lasting the glow will be.

Method 2: Using Glowing Powders

The second way to make something emit light in the dark is by using glowing powders (AKA phosphorescent powders). This method works great for making small decorations. It can be used on various materials, like fabric, paper, or plastic.


- Glowing powder

- Mixing bowl

- glue


1. Start by mixing the glowing powder in a bowl with a little bit of hot glue.

2. Once the mixture is ready, you can use glue to apply it to your object. You can also use acrylic paint or markers to add color and detail to your object before applying the glowing powder.

3. Once the glowing powder has been applied, you can charge it with a light source for a few minutes before using it in dark conditions.

Our tip: The powder is the primary ingredient that will make your object glow in the dark, so don't be cheap. You need a good amount for it to be effective.

Method 3: Using Glow Sticks

Using glow sticks is an excellent method to make a glow in the dark liquid because Glow sticks are easy to use and provide a bright, long-lasting glow.


- Any liquid

- Glow stick/s

- Scissors or pliers

- Baking soda

- Dishwashing liquid

- Hydrogen peroxide (optional)


1. Pour the liquid into a bowl.

2. Break the glow stick/s and pour the liquid into the bowl.

3. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to the mixture.

4. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid.

5. Optional: add some hydrogen peroxide for even more glow! 

Once you've followed these steps, your liquid should glow in the dark. To achieve a similar effect, you can also use other ingredients, such as phosphorescent powder, a neon highlighter, or similar liquids instead of glow sticks.

Charging Your Object

To make your object glow as brightly as possible, you'll need to charge it with a bright light source for a few minutes. The best way to do this is by using ultraviolet light, like from a blacklight, which will help you get the brightest glow possible.

You can also use sunlight or an incandescent light bulb to charge your glowing object. However, note that these methods will be less effective than using a blacklight.

Our tip: Whatever method you use to charge your glow in the dark, keep it close to the object as possible for optimum impact!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful and you're ready to make something glow in the dark. Have fun experimenting with different methods, materials, and ingredients to create unique glowing artwork! Good luck!


Q: How long does the glow last?

A: The time a glow in the dark object stays lit depends on how much light it was exposed to when it was charged. Generally speaking, a fully charged glow in the dark object will remain lit up for several hours before fading.

Q: How can I make my glow in the dark object brighter?

A: The best way to make your glowing object brighter is by charging it with a high-intensity light source such as a blacklight. This will give you the brightest and longest-lasting shine possible. Additionally, adding phosphorescent powder or using neon paint will also help to enhance the brightness of your object.

Q: What materials work best for making something glow in the dark?

A: Any material that absorbs light can make something glow in the dark, including fabric, paper, plastic, wood, ceramic, and more. Experiment with different materials and techniques to find what works best for your project!

Q: Are glow in the dark materials safe?

A: Glowing substances are generally non-toxic; however, reading and following safety instructions is always important before using them. Additionally, many glowing substances should not be ingested or come into contact with skin or eyes. If you have any concerns about a particular material's safety, check the manufacturer's directions before use.

Q: Are glow in the dark materials expensive?

A: Generally speaking, glow in the dark materials are relatively inexpensive. These items can be found at craft stores or online for a reasonable price. Additionally, you can often find kits that include all the necessary components to make something glow in the dark without purchasing items separately. However, suppose you're looking for higher quality products such as phosphorescent powder or blacklight lighting fixtures. In that case, they may come with a higher price tag. Ultimately, how expensive your project is will depend on what materials you need and how much of them you use.

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