How to Make a Glow Ball

Create your own glow ball.
Create your own glow ball. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Children love items that glow in the dark. Whether they are working on the sun, moon or planets for a science project, or just want to make some glowing objects for their bedroom, children can make their own glow-in-the-dark paint. Homemade glow paint only requires a few ingredients. Glow powder can be purchased at a craft store or from an online source. Use the homemade paint to make a glow-in-the-dark ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Glow powder
  • Paper bowl
  • Clear paint medium
  • Paintbrush
  • Styrofoam ball

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Measure 3 ounces of glow powder in the color of your choice. Put it in a paper bowl that can be thrown away when you are finished.

Add 3 ounces of a clear paint medium to the paper bowl and mix the two ingredients together to form your glow-in-the-dark paint. You can use an automotive acrylic clear or a water-based clear medium. If you choose the water-based medium, however, you will need use water-proof glow powder.

Paint a Styrofoam ball with your homemade glow-in-the-dark paint. The size of the Styrofoam ball depends on the project.

Wait 24 hours for the paint to dry before applying a second coat, if desired. Wait another 24 hours before displaying the glow ball.


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