Nov 15, 2012

DIY Glow in the dark ornaments

I guess you could say I'm not a traditionalist when it comes to holidays.  I'm a gal who likes to live on the edge (LOL!). Seriously, who says Christmas has to be only red and green? I'd like to think everyone can celebrate in their own personal style!

These ornaments are partly inspired by my fiancé who loves all things glow-in-the-dark.  He's done his own DIY projects using glow, everything from glow fish rocks to screenprinting using glow in the dark pigments. I had a few leftover plastic bulb ornaments from years past and decided to give it a go...or should I say GLOW? I'm so inspired by these ornaments that I just might have to make William his own mini glow in the dark tree!

I wish I could say I slaved away on these, but honestly they need little to no explanation. I'll give you one anyway. Here goes...

1. Take the cap off the ornament.
2. Squeeze in some Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric paints. Random side note: If you buy the 6 pack at JoAnn or Michaels, I actually designed the packaging. Here's a peek at it.
3. Shake and swirl the ornament, pour out any excess you don't want.
4. Put the cap back on.

I'm very curious to see how long it takes for them to dry. I've seen other acrylic paint ornaments done this way and they take actually a few weeks to dry in the glass ornament because it's hard for the air to get in there to cure the paint.  I don't anticipate opening them up or dropping them, so I don't think there's any problem for wet paint to be inside.

For honesty's sake, I will admit that I did shine a blacklight on these to make them glow more powerful.   Glow in the Dark always looks best when under a blacklight, because the light gives it a super charge, more than an average lightbulb does!  I plan to hang these ornaments on a fake white or tinsel tree and the lighting for the tree will be blacklight mini bulbs instead of regular white or colored lights. I think this will look amazeballs!

Here's some more pictures of my glow creations.

I realized how this project would be perfect for a rave...a craft Rave, that is.  Haha. Actually, my friend Kathy (The Crafty Chica) helps put the Phoenix Craft Rave together. It's actually this weekend, so head on out if you want to experience a 10 hour make and take marathon.

So this crazy animated gif is in their honor.  It's so funny!

What do you think? Would you give them a try or have to take a pass?

Until next time Swellions!


truebluemeandyou said...

Another fun project! Just posted this on three of my blogs :)

Toria said...

I'm heading to Michaels later today to buy paint and will definitely be trying this! Thanks for the cool idea!

Anonymous said...

I am trying this, getting the paint tomorrow :)

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Those are totally awesome! A different twist on the normal paint swirled ones.

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Amy said...

Yes, I would make these! My daughter already tried the crayon ornament today (didn't look as good as yours).

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Holly said...

You have the most fun and amazing ideas! We've already done your melted crayon pumpkin at Christmas and I also made some melted crayon ornaments. I LOVED making those! So fun!

My daughter and I are super excited about these glow ornaments. Wherever did you find mini bulb black lights!!! I've never heard of such a thing and they sound so fun!


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The Tree Topper said...

While hard to find, there are black light Christmas light sets and light bulbs available. A quick Internet search for "black light Christmas lights" will turn up some.

Santa's Letter Elf said...

Wow, they are amazing! I'd like to see them without the black light, though, and even without lighting (ie for when they are on a tree during the day.

I'd never heard of black lights for Christmas but will try The Tree Topper's suggestion if I make these.

They'd match the crayon balls nicely, too.

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That looks pretty awesome! I'd love to see a pic of them on the tree like you described! Might do a small tree with these - so cute and fun!

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Jenafer said...

I love that I stumbled upon your blog. I was looking for glow in the dark mini angel ornaments. I have one left from over twenty years ago and it still glows. This fabric paint made me think of putting dots on the bottom of socks. I have done so with other fabric paint to make them a little less slippery on wood/slippery floors. Thank you for sharing your creation.

A. Rahne Griggs said...

Stumbled across this and am absolutely in love! I will definitely be making a few myself and I even posted the link on my Facebook for all my friends who love to rave to make them as well! Thank you so much for your awesome idea! =^__^=

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

Love your blog and this project - so creative and unique (and it must look awesome on the tree at night)! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

-Mel the Crafty Scientist

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