One of the things that intrigued me about Halloween when I was little was anything that glowed in the dark. When my brothers and I got our first glow-in-the-dark toy, we spent hours charging it under the lights, running into the bathroom and closing the door to see it, and then repeating. SO fun! As an adult, I still love anything that glows. I love doing glowing projects for Halloween, so this year I made an owl craft! It’s a painted owl piece during the day – and when you turn the lights off, you’ll see a glowing surprise! It’s easy to create this owl craft in just a few steps.
Gather These Supplies
- Printer and presentation paper or white cardstock (something thicker)
- Owl Pumpkin Carving template
- Wood plaque
- Mod Podge Glow in the Dark
- Acrylic paint – Black, purple, and apple green
- Piece of wax candle
- Craft knife and mat
- Stencil brush
Paint the plaque with a basecoat of purple. You don’t need to paint the edges; just the top (though it’s fine if the paint gets on the edges). Give it several coats and let dry.
Use your piece of candle and rub over the top in several firm strokes. You’re doing this to distress the plaque. If you want more distressing, rub the candle over more firmly.
TIP #1: Use a white candle to distressing so that you don’t see any color from the wax on your project.
Paint black over the entire plaque, covering the wax. Let dry and then paint the edges with purple. Let dry.
At this time, you’ll distress the plaque. Rub sandpaper over the entire plaque and you’ll start to see some of the black paint rub away (wherever the wax is) and the purple paint show through underneath. You can sand more for more distressing. I just sanded lightly for about 30 seconds.
TIP #2: Rub the sandpaper on the edges too for a little distressing there as well.
Print your owl template on your cardstock. Use your craft knife, to trim the black portions out of the paper. Work slowly and carefully, especially around the small pieces. This is the stencil you will use for the plaque.
Place the template down in the center of the plaque. At this point you can use stencil tape to hold the stencil down, but I found that the template didn’t slide around on the top of the plaque (I just held it down lightly with my hand). Use the stencil brush and apple green paint to stencil the owl on top of the plaque.
Dip your stencil brush in a little bit of paint and top down lightly on the stencil. Stenciling takes time to fill in the color. Work slowly under the enter stencil is filled in with color.
Use a small paintbrush to paint Mod Podge Glow in the Dark over the top of the owl design only. I gave the plaque about five coats of Glow in the Dark. It doesn’t take long to paint it on, and the more Mod Podge you use, the stronger the glow.
To charge your plaque, hold it under a light or outside in the sun for several minutes. Repeat to recharge!
And of course, your owl plaque can stand on its own as part of your Halloween décor. What is your favorite owl craft? I'd love to hear in the comments!