So . . . what does one do when they have some dowel rods laying around, they want to make a Halloween project AND they want to use Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge? Well, they make glow-in-the-dark skeleton decor, of course! This spooky plaque has a skeleton face made entirely of painted dowel rods, and as you can see, he glows in low light.
Here he is in the light. I love the interesting effect of the dowel rods as his face and am so happy with how it turned out. My friend Chris saw my idea as I was initially working on it and wasn't so sure – and I can't blame her – but it turned out just like I saw it in my head. Don't you love when that happens? Here's how to make a glow-in-the-dark skeleton Halloween decor for yourself.
Gather These Supplies
- Wood plaque
- Mod Podge Matte
- Mod Podge Glow-in-the-Dark
- FolkArt acrylic paint – Pure Black, Lime Green, Titanium White
- Skull graphic – large enough to fit on your plaque
- Dowel rods – an assortment of sizes from 1/16″ to 1/4″
- Paintbrush – large and small
- Saw and miter box
- Craft glue
Get a handy dandy miter box and saw and start . . . sawing. I got this for $15 at Home Depot. This is my first saw and I'm so proud of myself. My friend Sherrie attached it to a desk with some clamps so that I could saw with ease.
I used a pencil to mark where to saw, then alternated size of dowel rods as I worked. I sawed some pieces at an angle and some straight – I tried to follow the shape of the skeleton face as best I could.
This is how you will get the dowel rods in the right place. Slide them off of the skull design, making sure that they stay in the right order vertically. Then cut out the skull face from the paper and trace onto the center of the plaque with a pencil.
Then starting at the bottom, glue the dowel rods to fit the pencil template using craft glue. Having the template makes it very easy. Once you have glue all of the dowel rods down, coat all of the them with white again to touch them up.
Don't worry if the white paint goes onto the green a little bit – we're going to touch that up too.
Then turn the plaque over and touch up the green. After that, put at least 4 – 5 coats of Mod Podge Glow-in-the-Dark on the skeleton face, but ONLY on the white parts. Let dry. You need this many coats to get a decent glow.
Paint the rest of the plaque (not the skeleton) with Matte Mod Podge. Let that dry.