This a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Tulip brand. The opinions, text and creative content are all my own. Affiliate links are also provided for your convenience. I hope these glow in the dark pumpkins made with dimensional fabric puffy paint inspire you to make your own! This is my first year making glow in the dark pumpkins and I have to say I’m pretty obsessed. I’m trying to figure out what other things I can make for Halloween that glow in the dark. Maybe I should do skeletons next! The best part about this project is that it’s incredibly easy. Even the most simple designs like lines, dots and drips made with glow puffy paint look awesome on a glowing pumpkin. What I also love about these pumpkins is that they look great even during the day when they are not glowing and the puffy paint gives them a great dimensional look.
Glow in the Dark Pumpkin Supplies
- Pumpkins – faux or real. I used these small fake white pumpkins (here’s another similar pumpkin) and these larger fake pumpkins. These large pumpkin is also a great option. I like that I can keep them and use them each year.
- Glow Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint – The paint is activated by UV light. You can also use these Neon Tulip Dimensional Paints if you plan to use a blacklight!
- Blacklight (optional) – I highly recommend this as it provides an ever brighter glow for your pumpkins. I loved this blacklight that I got for the project.
Watch the video of the glow in the dark pumpkins being made here and see the directions below:
Glow in the Dark Pumpkin Directions
- Lightly sketch your design onto the pumpkin with a pencil.
- I like to start near the top of the pumpkin and work my way down to avoid smearing the design. TIP: Keep a damp paper towel and Q-Tip nearby to help remove any mistakes.
- For swirled designs like this owl wing, add lines of each color and then use a toothpick to draw a raindrop like shape.
- For spider web designs, begin with a small circle and then add rings around it alternating with each puffy paint color. Next, with a toothpick, start at the center of the circle and draw a straight line to the outside ring and slightly past it. Repeat this step around the entire circle.
- You can also keep your designs more simple by adding drips, dots or lines with the glow dimensional puffy paint.
Setting Up Glow in the Dark Pumpkins
When it comes time to set-up your pumpkins, I recommend using a blacklight for the full glow effect. These would look great outside on Halloween or even inside as part of your Halloween decor. If you don’t use a blacklight, you’ll need to charge the pumpkins with a UV light to get them glowing.
Hope these glow in the dark pumpkins have inspired you to make a few of your own! I’d love to see what you create. Come share a picture on Instagram or Facebook! I love showing examples of my tutorials being made!
If you like this project you might also have fun making these sugar skull puffy paint rocks.
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