Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Projects

Halloween Crafts, Home Accessories, Paper Crafts

Since I updated my article on how to make chicken wire garden ghosts as Halloween garden decorations with what would be the best glow-in-the-dark paint solution, I see Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Projects everywhere. Let me share two that inspire me most.

1. Glow in the Dark Mason Jars

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Image credit: From Panka with love (

Tutorial How to Make these kind of ‘ Glow in the Dark- Jars
  • Step 1: collect some mason jars and other recycled food jars.
  • Step 2: get yourself some glow-in-the-dark paint (that works), a brush, some water to clean your brush and/or dilute the paint a bit if needed, a bowl and a clean place to work.
  • Step 3: Shake paint jar a bit before opening. Read the instructions, if any. When ready: make a million dots on the inside of your jars and let it dry. That will result in the above design.
  • Alternatively, draw simple Halloween shapes on the inside of your jar with the Halloween paint. Not as easy, so keep to simple shapes that don’t need to be too uniform: bats, stars, etc.  Ensure that your jar opening is wide enough to pull this one off. Sketch your decorative Halloween design on paper first.
  • Step 4: Place jars in the sun, under a lamps, in daylight.
  • Step 5: Enjoy your glow in the dark jars throughout the evening.
    This is just my ‘simply put, this is how you do this’- tutorial. To learn more, visit this Panka’s site. Besides in her own native language, the how-to is explained in English too.


2. Glow in the dark Halloween Decorations

No doubt you have seen this featured a few days ago as a link-up party entry. I still love it and want to showcase it some more as it is so easy to make: just cut/carve some shapes, like bats, or devil’s eyes, out of toilet paper rolls – kitchen rolls. Stick in a glow-in-the-dark stick that you can buy at a party shop or craft store. Turn off the light and voila: a toilet paper roll crafts with glow sticks, looking terrifically spooky!!

Halloween glow in the dark TP crafts  ::

Instant glow-in-the-dark Halloween display that looks way cool.  In sharp contrast with the above glow-the-dark decorating project which literally will take you hours, this glow-in-the-dark Halloween decorations projects will take… say 5 minutes. Gotta love that.


Oh, and I also just saw a few other glow in the dark Halloween Projects:

3. Glow in the Dark Vases for the table

DIY Halloween decorations :: glow-in-the-dark vases  ::

These may seem like ‘fairly normal’ and nice vases during the day… but they transform in spooky bamboo sticks to add a bit of Halloween splendor to that table!
By: anon (via

4. Glow-in-the-Dark Letters for a Spooky Halloween Mantle

halloween decor letters


More Halloween Crafts & Decorating Ideas

Glow in the dark-jars and toilet paper rolls would make a fun display for Halloween, together with decorative trick-or treat candy jar and other Halloween decorations. Have a look for 50+ no-carve pumpkin decorations, learn how to photograph pumpkins, or check out our free stencils for pumpkin carving…

All (almost all) ideas, patterns, tutorials for Halloween are at Halloween Central. Also lots of free templates for Halloween crafts, 15 Best Halloween Nail Art ideas, and 101+ Halloween costume ideas and more.

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