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DIY Glow in the Dark Nails for Halloween

Learn how to make your own glow in the dark nails! You can give any color of polish the ability to glow when the lights are low.

Skills Required: None. You don’t need any prior craft experience for this glow in the dark nail polish project.

DIY Glow in the Dark Nail Polish

Important Note: Glow in the Dark Mod Podge was discontinued in September of 2018. As a substitute, you can use glow paint or Glo-Away.

Hello friends! This is Megan from Homemade Ginger and I’m excited to share an easy way to add some flair to your nails for Halloween! I recently discovered Glow In The Dark Mod Podge and I’m hooked.

I made some glow in the dark twine balls that are cute enough to go with your fall decor during the day but turn spooky at night.

I thought it would be fun to carry the cute turned spooky idea and do some DIY glow in the dark nail polish! Most glow in the dark nail polishes out there are in super bright or neon colors, but I love the idea of transforming any normal shade into something that glows at night.

You can turn your normal boring manicure into something that will be a little fun and spooky on Halloween night! Here’s how to make these glow in the dark nails.

Glow in the Dark Mod Podge and clear nail polish

Glow in the Dark Nail Polish

For this project, you will need:

Painting a clear base coat onto nails

First, you will want to paint on your base coat. This just makes everything last longer on the nails.

Paint a top coat onto your nails

After the base coat is dry, paint on one or two coats of your color.

Paint Glow in the Dark Mod Podge onto nails

After that coat has dried, add a few thin coats of Glow In The Dark Mod Podge. The more thin coats you add, the more your nails will glow! Allow the coats to dry before adding more. You can use a hair dryer to speed up this process.

Paint a clear top coat onto the polish

Top everything off with a thin clear top coat.

Painted glow in the dark nail polish

To make your  nails glow even more, “charge” them by holding them up to a bright light.

glow in the dark nails

Then go into the night and watch your glow in the dark polish light up!

glow in the dark nails

Glow in the Dark Nails

Yield: 1 set
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $3

Make your own glow in the dark nail polish with Mod Podge! This is perfect for Halloween or blacklight parties.

Materials

  • Glow in the Dark paint or Mod Podge
  • Base Coat Nail Polish
  • Clear Top Coat
  • Nail Polish (any color will work!)

Tools

  • Paper Towels

Instructions

  1. Choose a basecoat in the color of your choice. A light or lime green works well, but any color will work. Paint on your nails and let dry.
  2. After the base coat is dry, paint on one or two coats of your color.
  3. After that coat has dried, add a few thin coats of Glow In The Dark Mod Podge. The more thin coats you add, the more your nails will glow! Allow the coats to dry before adding more.
  4. Top off with a thin clear top coat. Allow to dry completely. Recharge using light.

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CreativeKhadija

Friday 30th of October 2015

This is so cool :) Perfect idea !

Paige

Monday 26th of October 2015

These are so fun! I'll have to try this soon!

Paige http://thehappyflammily.com

Jessica H.

Friday 23rd of October 2015

Oh my goodness! This is so much fun! I'm definitely doing this for Halloween!