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How to make glow in the dark paper

Updated February 21, 2017

Glow-in-the-dark novelty items are one of the simplest and surest sources of joy for both the young and the young at heart. While items like glowing toys or clothing are amusing for a while, glow-in-the-dark paper allows you to not only enjoy the glow, but create your own glowing arts and crafts projects. You can turn any piece of paper into one that glows using bulk glowing powder, the same substance used to make toys and novelties.

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  1. Mix the starch according to the instructions on the package. Make (or set aside) one cup of starch liquid.

  2. Pour the cup of mixed starch into an empty, clean spray bottle. Add 2 tbsp of glow-in-the-dark powder. Close the cap and shake well to mix.

  3. Lay a sheet of computer paper (or any other type of paper you want to make glow) on a larger sheet of newspaper.

  4. Spray the paper with starch solution until it's saturated; the paper should be limp and darker in colour throughout.

  5. Flip the paper over and spray the other side.

  6. Move the soaked paper to sit on a sheet of waxed paper. Let dry; it will be rough and wrinkly.

  7. Flatten the paper. Place the page between two dry sheets of paper (any kind) and iron the middle page straight using a dry, hot iron set in the lower third of its heat range.

  8. Test the paper. Hold the sheet next to a light bulb or in sunlight for 30 seconds, then view it in a dark area (such as a closet or bathroom with the lights turned out). If the paper appears splotchy, do a second round of spraying to further saturate it. If you still want a higher concentration of glowing particles, do all successive rounds of spray using a solution of one part glowing powder and six parts water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Spray bottle
  • Glow-in-the-dark powder
  • Dry laundry starch
  • Iron

About the Author

Lauren Vork has been a writer for 20 years, writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in "The Lovelorn" online magazine and thecvstore.net. Vork holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from St. Olaf College.

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