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Monday, July 4, 2011

Glow in the Dark Silly Putty

While we were on vacation in NY my Aunt had given my oldest some glow sticks.  My daughter had so much fun with these.  She has always loved glow in the dark things (moon in my room, twilight turtle, etc.)  We started to explore with glow in the dark materials.  I have a lot of things planned for them so if I "glow you in the dark" to death I am apologizing now!  Here are a few we started with.... stay tuned for more.  :-)  


1.  Glue
2.  Glow in the dark paint... we tried several.  So far glo away by Plaid gave the best glow.

Start by putting in 2 ounces of paint or so into a bowl.  Add a cup of glue.  Add starch until you get the consistency you want.... maybe 1/2 cup.  If it's too sticky add starch, to stringy add glue.  This can also be stored and saved in a plastic ziploc bag for up to 2-4 weeks depending on your use.

Close up of glue.  The rust-oleum can I found at home depot (haven't tried this one yet), and the other two are from AC Moore.  I'm sure Michaels carries them as well.  Glow away gives off a better glow then the glow in the dark paint and is cheaper.  If your using it for silly putty I would recommend Glow Away. 

All ready! 

We started off by putting it on the light box and exploring.  

Both girls LOVED this (16 months, 2 years)

Of course the feet had to go in

Then we brought it to our dark bathroom.  

We have done silly putty many times before.  My daughters were amazed when we first turned off the lights!  They definitely weren't expecting that!!! 

Making a star with beads

Adding gems

Drawing with a UV light.  These pictures don't do this justice.  I had to let light in to get the picture.



  1. My son wants to move in with you.
    Looks awesome!

  2. so cool, thanks for sharing, my 10 year old son was convinced we wouldn't be able to make glow in the dark silly putty at home, he's now speechless ;) thanks again Debi x

  3. This is so cool! Found it on pinterest and had to see, thinking it would actually be crazy complicated to make. I'm so happy that this is something that we can actually make!

  4. Cool! Where did you find a UV light?

  5. I've seen black lights on Amazon, Walmart, and Spencers.

    1. Black? Hey, where did you get your light box...We have little resources here in NS and need the best way to obtain one...Thanks. Great idea for my 4 kids!

  6. We made this yesterday.....the kids love it, but boy is it messy. It "rips" like silly putty, but still sticks pretty frequently. Easy to clean off things, though (but turns into long strings). We ended up playing on ripped open grocery bags (wax paper was a mess). We used A LOT more liquid starch than recommended, otherwise it was way too sticky. We bought a bottle of liquid spray starch from Meijer. The kids tend to spray it when it gets too sticky and that seems to be working. Thanks for the great idea!!

  7. I don't have liquid starch, so I looked up a recipe to make some. I wanted to post a link in case other moms found themselves in my shoes :)

  8. Amazing! I love this! This would be cool for kids with censory problems! (:

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  10. This is a great idea. Do you mind if I use it on my art, craft, and hobby site?


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