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After my wife and I bought our first house, we realized that we wanted to fix up a few things. Instead of hiring expensive contractors to paint and install bead board, we decided to give the projects a try on our own. It was a lot of work, but after we had refinished our front door, painted the rooms, and updated our crown molding, we were amazed to see the difference. This blog is for all of you crafters out there that need a little help getting started with your home hobbies. Read here to learn more about wood refinishing, home decor, painting, and tons of other topics.


Crafting To Save Money

Craft Ideas Using Glow-In-The-Dark Paint

by Thibaut Caron

If you want to kick your child's normal craft routine up a notch, consider incorporating glow-in-the-dark paint into the mix. Not only is glow-in-the-dark paint easy to find at most hobby and craft retailers, but it will also add excitement to at-home projects at a minimal cost. It's also easy enough to work with that kids of all ages can join in the craft activity.

Glow-in-the-dark craft is available in a wide variety of neon colors, such as blue, red, orange, yellow, green and pink. You can customize the paint color to reflect different seasons and occasions, such as orange for Halloween or red and green for Christmas. 

The glowing handmade pieces also make fun and creative party favors, especially if party-goers are allowed to make their own crafts during the celebration. Simply cover a long table with a protective cover, and set up the paints and other craft materials, such as kid-friendly scissors, glue, construction paper, stickers, stencils, pipe cleaners, and glitter.

Here are some glow-in-the-dark craft ideas to get you started:

1. Glowing Jellyfish

Teach kids about sea life as they make a glowing jellyfish craft. To start, instruct the kids turn a heavy-duty paper bowl upside-down and then decorate it the glow-in-the-dark paint colors of their choice. Allow the bowl to completely dry and start on the tentacles, which you can make using long pieces of white yarn.

Place several yarn pieces and a few squirts of paint in a zipper-sealed plastic baggie and have the kids squish it around. When the yarn is thoroughly covered, separate the pieces and lay them on a paper towel to dry.

Next, punch several holes in the bottom of the bowl and turn it upside-down. Finally, knot the yarn through the holes so that the pieces hang down like tentacles. 

2. Glow-in-the-Dark T-shirts 

Design a festive T-shirt that your kids can wear during Halloween or Forth-of-July nighttime activities. Place pumpkin, full moon, bat, or star-shaped stencils, depending on the holiday, against a solid black or white T-shirt and fill them in with glow-in-the-dark fabric paint. Allow the paint to thoroughly dry before wearing the shirts. 

Kids can also decorate canvas baseball hats, bags or shoes with the stencils and paint.

3. Illuminated Jars

As a fun Halloween craft, kids can use glow-in-the-dark paint to cover glass canning jars, and then decorate them with googly eyes, twine, stickers or any other items they'd like. Place LED tealights in the bottoms of the jars to amp up the glowing effect, and place the crafts on your front porch to welcome trick-or-treaters. 

Contact a company like glomania for more information and assistance.