Halloween activities like this easy glow in the dark Halloween card or invitation are fun to make with kids. With this simple painting technique you can make spooky glowing in the dark art.
Kids love all things that glow so Kids Activities Blog is super excited to share this fun idea with you!
Make Glow in the Dark Cards for Halloween
Everything on the supplies list are things that you probably already have at home with the exception of the glow in the dark paint. This simple Halloween DIY project can be a good excuse to buy glow in the dark paint that can be used for other kids art ideas in the future.
Supplies to Make Glow in the Dark Art
Gather the following supplies (Affiliate Links):
- glow in the dark paint
- paint brushes
- stencils or cookie cutters (optional)
- letter stamps (optional)
About Glow in the Dark Paint
Cover your work surface and wear paint clothes. The glow in the dark paints I found are acrylic and not washable. We chose a collection of paint colors so they were not just Halloween colors giving flexibility to any projects we might tackle in the future.
Use Cookie Cutters as Stencils
Cookie cutters make great stencils. There are few different ways you can use cookie cutters to make shapes for your cards.
- Dip the cookie cutters into paint, and press the cookie cutter to the paper to make a print.
- Paint the cookie cutter using a brush. Then, press the cookie cutter to the paper to make a print.
- Use the cookie cutter like a stencil. Place the cookie cutter onto the paper. Paint around the inside of the cookie cutter.
How to Make Glow in the Dark Cards
- Use various cookie cutters or stencils to create a design for your card.
- You can leave the inside of your shape open, or you can fill it in with more paint.
- When you are finished, take your design into a dark room, and watch it glow. The glow fades after a little while.
- To make the glow last longer, add an extra layer of paint. The longer you charge the paint in the sunlight (or overhead light), the longer the glow will last as well.
I thought the house shape would work well as an invitation to a Halloween party. You can see how I used letter stamps to stamp “YOU ARE INVITED” on the paper. I dipped the stamp into the paint. When I pressed the stamp to the paper, the paint spread around the letters on the stamp, so I ended up with a negative of the letters. I thought this looked pretty cool, so I kept it.
For the other card, I simply hand painted “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” onto the paper with a skinny paint brush.
Have you ever used glow in the dark paint? What have you created?
More Halloween Activities
Halloween activities for kids can make the whole month of October extra fun. Glowing in the dark cards are just one fun Halloween activity.
Maybe you’ll be interested in something a messier activity? If so, you’ll love this creepy crawly Halloween sensory box.