How to Make Glow in the Dark Paint

Updated February 21, 2017

Glow-in-the-dark paint is a fun way to spruce up your child's room and make old toys fun again. One drawback is that purchasing glow-in-the-dark paint from a craft store or hobby shop can be very expensive. Another alternative to purchasing ready-made paint is to buy the elements of the paint separately and mix your own. This way, you and your child can have fun mixing your own paint, painting anything you'd like to glow, and enjoying your handiwork together. Not only will you be having a blast, you'll be saving a lot of money, too.

Purchase glow-in-the-dark powder at a craft store, a hobby shop or online. A popular glow-in-the-dark powder is available for purchase online at HobbyGlow, featured in the Resources section below. You will also need to purchase a clear paint medium, which can be bought at any paint store, craft store, hobby shop or on the Internet.

Take into consideration the object you will be painting. How much paint will you need? It is always better to mix too little glow-in-the-dark paint than too much, because the glowing properties will only last for about two hours after the powder is mixed with wet paint. The mixed paint cannot be stored or it will no longer glow when dry.

Mix four parts paint with one part glow-in-the-dark powder in a paint tray. Remember not to mix too much paint at once.

Paint your object with a paintbrush. Ideally, you should use the wet paint within a few hours so the object will glow its brightest.

Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Place the dry, painted object under a bright light for several minutes. Then turn the lights off and watch it glow.


Glow-in-the-dark paint is a great way to add stars and constellations to your child's ceiling.


Some paint can be toxic -- Choose non-toxic paint medium when working with children.

Things You'll Need

  • Glow-in-the-dark powder
  • Clear paint medium
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush
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