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Oct 122012

Here’s a fun Halloween craft using glow in the dark paint, cookie cutters, and homemade cornstarch clay! We used our Halloween cookie cutters to cut shapes in the dough and painted them with glow in the dark paint.

glow in the dark painted cornstarch clay

I first saw cornstarch and baking soda clay turned into ornaments at Full of Great Ideas. I was impressed by the bright white color. Salt dough never looks like that. I had to try it. I followed the directions for making a half batch. The dough turned out a little sticky, so it wasn’t very fun to play with. I probably should have added a little cornstarch, but we were ready to roll it out, so I didn’t bother.

glow in the dark Halloween shapes

I’ll be honest. I’m a little disappointed with how this clay turned out. As you can see, cracks formed in the pumpkins when they dried. I thought I did everything the same as Stephanie. Hers did not crack. I chose the air dry method that she recommended. The only difference that may have caused the problem was that Stephanie flipped her ornaments right before she went to bed. I didn’t flip my pumpkins over until the next day. They cracked when the second side was drying. I tried a few different thicknesses. The thinner ones didn’t crack when flipped. {There are several different recipes for cornstarch clay around. If you have one that you like, I would love to hear about it!}

glow in the dark painted pumpkins

glow in the dark painted Halloween shapes

After the Halloween shapes {pumpkins, ghosts, and moons} were dry, we painted them with glow in the dark paint. We used orange and green glow in the dark paint. We let them dry and painted them with a second coat. They glowed in the dark pretty well but faded quickly, so we added another layer of paint. The thicker the paint, the brighter and longer the glow. To extend the glow, you can also charge the paint in the sunlight (or overhead light) for a longer time.

glow in the dark Halloween shapes

Have you ever made baking soda and cornstarch clay? How did yours turn out?

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  4 Responses to “Halloween Craft: Glow in the Dark Painted Cornstarch Clay”

  1. What a cute idea! I’ve tried that clay recipe before, also, and had a similar experience – unfortunately.

  2. Cool idea! Recently I did something similar. I created cup cakes that glow in the dark under a blacklight. The trick is that you have to use tonic water in your recipe. For more information check this article: glow in the dark cupcakes.

    Do not use real glow in the dark paint in food. As far as I know there are no eatable glow paints invented yet :(

  3. What an adorable work of art! Thank you for sharing this. It will be perfect in nourishing the skill of a child. We also did a Foam Dough out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
    EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.comFoam Dough = Shaving Cream + Corn Starch

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