How to Make a Glow Ball

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Things You'll Need

  • Glow powder

  • Paper bowl

  • Clear paint medium

  • Paintbrush

  • Styrofoam ball

Create your own glow ball.

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.


Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.


Step 3

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

Step 4

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


You can glue your glow ball to a round stand and display it on a mantel or coffee table. Turn the lights out and enjoy the glow.


Before buying glow powder, read the packaging label and purchase a glow powder that has a Um of 10-30. This has to do with particle size. Anything less than 10 Um will not be very bright.


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