Learn all about the glow in the dark Mod Podge formula! Find out what it is, how to use it, and see some unique projects you can make.
*Note September 2018 – This formula has been discontinued. Having said that, I am leaving this article live on the blog since some people keep their formulas around for many years. If you are looking for a similar product, try Glo-Away. Glo-Away is NOT a glue; it’s simply a glowing top coat.
With Halloween right around the corner, I think there’s a very important decoupage formula we need to talk about: Glow in the Dark Mod Podge! Have you heard of it?!
I’m always surprised to find out that this cool craft product is a mystery to a lot of people. And I’m here to take the mystery out of it. Because all it is my friends? It’s the same as basic Mod Podge – except it glows.
Yes, there’s no difference! You can use it as a glue, sealer, and finish. It was specifically developed to glow for kids’ projects and Halloween (and any other projects you want to use it for), and that’s the only difference.
You can use it on the same surfaces and in the same way. You should apply about three – four coats for the best success, as well as charge in the sunlight. It *really* glows if you follow those guidelines!
If you want to see how to use glow in the dark Mod Podge, check out the skeleton video in this post!
Now let’s move onto the FAQ!
Questions About Glow in the Dark Mod Podge
1. How is this formula different from “regular” Mod Podge? It’s not! It’s exactly the same base formula, just with luminescence added.
2. What type of surfaces can I use Mod Podge Glow in the Dark on? This formula can be applied directly onto all types of surfaces such as wood, tin, terra cotta, canvas, paper mache and glass / ceramics. It can be used alone or in combination with scrapbook papers, book pages, and other decoupage papers.
3. How should I apply this formula to my project? Stir Mod Podge glow in the dark gently prior to using.
Applying Mod Podge glow in the dark formula is the same as working with any of the other Mod Podge formulas. It is best brushed smoothly onto your crafting surface using either one of the Mod Podge brushes or a foam applicator.
4. How many coats do I need to apply? Mod Podge glow in the dark is best applied to a crafted surface in a minimum of three to four even applications allowing each coat to thoroughly dry before applying the next.
5. How can I make my Mod Podge project glow? The “glow” is best when the crafted surface has been “charged.” To charge your project, place the surface in direct sunlight or a high watt light source for a couple hours.
The more layers of glow in the dark Mod Podge and the longer your project is charged, the longer the glow will last. To recharge the glow, simply place your project in the bright light source again for a couple hours.
5. How should I care for my glowing project? A crafted surface using Mod Podge glow in the dark should be intended for decorative purposes only as it is not dishwasher or washing machine safe. To clean your project, wipe it off using a damp soft cloth; do not fully immerse in water.
6. Can I use this formula outdoors? It’s not water-resistant or waterproof. So you would need to use a clear acrylic sealer on top that is made for outdoors. And yes, your project would still glow if charged!
Are you ready for some fun projects? Check these out!
Check out these projects that use Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge - you're going to love these for Halloween and beyond.
Halloween Favor Jars
Halloween jars that glow in the dark make a perfect party favor for a holiday celebration. Fill them with your favorite confetti!
Glowing Candy Bowl
Wouldn’t the kids in your neighborhood be surprised if you answered the door on October 31st with a Halloween Candy Bowl that glows-in-the-dark?!
Learn how to DIY your own fabric-covered flask that glows in the dark so you can find it in your purse.
Glowing Nail Polish
Learn how to make your own DIY glow in the dark nail polish! You can give any color of polish the ability to glow when the lights are low.
Ghost Trick Mirror
Give the kids a little scare this Halloween with this skeleton in the mirror! They'll be surprised when they turn out the lights.
Skeleton Decor Using Dowel Rods
This unique Halloween skeleton decor is made using different sized dowel rods – AND it glows! So spooky and fun to make.
Glowing Key Toppers
Learn how to make cute glow in the dark key toppers – to help keep track of which key is which and easily find them in your bag.
Glow-in-the-Dark Book of the Dead
Learn how to make a very unique book of the dead using hot glue and Mod Podge! It's really easy.
Glowing Art for Kids
Learn how to create a glowing canvas with kids - that glows in the dark! This activity can be done with any shapes.
Wine Bottle Ghost
If you have an old wine bottle, it's easy to turn it into Halloween decor using Mod Podge. Here's how to make it spooky.
Spider Web Doilies Decor
Transform a fun doily into a creepy spider web with Mod Podge Glow-in-the-Dark formula and embroidery hoops.
Glow-In-The Dark Masks
Nothing says "Halloween" like a mysterious mask to wear to a Halloween party! Make your own instead of buying.
Kids love making these three dimensional ghosts out of napkins! After you make them, apply a glowing layer with Mod Podge.
Now that you know about the Glow in the Dark formula, it’s time to learn about some of the other formulas. Check these out:
- Brushstroke Mod Podge
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
- Extreme Glitter Mod Podge
- Fabric Mod Podge
- Gloss Mod Podge
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Matte Mod Podge
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Satin Mod Podge
- Sparkle Mod Podge
- Ultra Matte Chalk Mod Podge
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
- Mod Podge Puzzle Saver
- Mod Podge Stiffy
- Mod Podge Ultra
Friday 15th of April 2022
I'm new to using modge podge and I have looked everywhere for an answer to this question with no luck so forgive me if it sounds crazy but like I said I'm new to it. I recently lost my mom and wanted to take a photograph of her and use it in a resin mold but I wanted to take it a step further if it's possible. Can I use glow in the dark modge podge on a regular picture of her?
Saturday 16th of April 2022
Hi Jennifer! You can paint Mod Podge or glowing paint over her picture but it's going to obscure it a little bit. Yes, Mod Podge dries clear, but the stuff that glows in it doesn't completely dry clear . . . you would see what I meant if you painted over the picture. I'd be more inclined to scan and print the image on glow paper: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=glow+in+the+dark+printer+paper&crid=RKCNNSN6BV8F I'd get it done laserjet . . . see if Kinkos can. That would be what I would do. Yes you can Mod Podge over the photo and yes you can resin over that (once it's completely dry), but it probably won't be as crystal clear as you like.
Saturday 26th of November 2016
I recently accidentally covered a project not intended for glow modge podge. I didn't realize I was using the glow kind until I was finished and packing up my supplies. Is there a way to neutralize the glow effect for good? Desperate to save my project im giving to family.
Saturday 26th of November 2016
Hi Jessica! You can try to lightly sand it off. But unfortunately besides that, it's going to glow a bit. Unless you scrap the top fabric/paper off and start over :/
Thursday 6th of October 2016
I am on the way to caft store for plaque to use my modge podge glow in the dark on my favorite owl. Can't wait.
Tuesday 4th of October 2016
This site Is awesome.