Double Duty Fall Decor: Glow-In-The-Dark!

Written by: Renee Reiter

Fall and Halloween go hand in hand (for me anyway) and I start decorating the second I feel a chill in the air. That’s usually around mid September/October here. This leaves me in a bit of a crunch though, because I want to decorate for fall but I also want to decorate for Halloween the second October 1 hits. The solution…double duty decor.

**Heads up! This project was made using vinyl lettering. If you don’t own a craft vinyl cutter you can use stencils, paper, and Mod Podge to make this project instead of vinyl lettering. 

Before I did anything I designed my layout (text and sets of eyes) to fit the shape I bought. If you are using a vinyl cutter you will need to use a design program. If you are using paper you will just need to lay it out by hand.

I got this wood shaped pumpkin from Michaels craft store with a 50% off coupon…they are so great about those! I spray painted the pumpkin shape white because I knew I was going to be using Krylon Glow-in-the-dark paint and per the can instructions it works best against a white background.

If  you are using vinyl I did a reverse weed on my sets of eyes so that I could use it like a stencil and spray paint the eyes.img_5661

Per the paint can instructions I did several light coats waiting one full minute in-between coats. This was hard for me because I wanted to put many thick coats haha but the can stated using more paint would not equal more glow (boo!).

Here is how it looked once it dried and I removed the vinyl stencil. You can see they dried as kind of an off white color. You can see them up close but not from any kind of distance…which is good because I didn’t want them to stand out too much during the day.


I arranged my vinyl lettering around the sets of eyes and then applied it being careful not to let any of the vinyl or transfer tape touch the glow-in-the-dark paint. For those using vinyl I used Oracal 631 in the color Persimmon.


I thought it looked a little plain still so I decided to cut some fall leaves in the color Copper (Oracal 631) and just apply them wherever it needed a little something.


Here is how the final project looks during the day:


And here it is at night: This is the brightest the glow-in-the-dark paint ever got and the glow only lasted about 30 seconds (I am not exaggerating) I was very sad and I  would not recommend the Krylon Glowz Glow-In-The-Dark Paint. If anyone has better luck with another GITD product I would love to know!


We hope that you saw something here today to help you during your own crafting & life adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments be polite or constructive.

– Sincerely Renee & Jessica



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