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DIY Play Dough That Glows In The Dark (3 Ingredients!)

Learn how to make unique DIY play dough with only three ingredients – this version glows in the dark and is so inexpensive to make! Kids will love it.

homemade play dough recipe

Once the dreary days of January and February hit, I’m always looking for fun and easy indoor activities for kids. I’ve seen DIY play dough around Pinterest, and thought it would be fun to try my hand at making a glow-in-the-dark version!

Homemade Play Dough

The base play dough recipe only requires two ingredients – conditioner and corn starch. If you want to make the recipe, it’s simply 2:1 corn starch to conditioner. You can add food coloring to make it any color you like.

To kick it up a notch, I decided to take the standard recipe and make it glow. To do that, you only have to add one more ingredient: glow in the dark paint!

I’m still impressed that this homemade play dough only requires three ingredients and is virtually mess free! Woohoo! This is a craft idea that is going into the regular rotation for us.

If you are a mom to small kiddos, you won’t want to pass up this fun and easy play dough recipe. Hopefully it will relieve the winter blues for an afternoon!

Bottle of conditioner, bottle of glow in the dark paint, and box of corn starch

Glow in the Dark Play Dough

Gather These Supplies

  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 2-oz. bottle glow in the dark paint (non-toxic)
Mix the conditioner and corn starch together in a bowl

Mix the conditioner and corn starch together in a bowl. We used coconut conditioner from the Dollar Store and it made our play dough smell extra yummy.

Just get the cheap-y stuff, there is no need for anything high quality. If the dough seems too sticky, add more corn starch.

Mixing glow in the dark paint with cornstarch and conditioner

Next, dump in your bottle of glow in the dark paint and mix until it’s fully incorporated.

diy play dough

Once the dough forms a nice ball, you will want to charge it near a lightbulb or flashlight. This will make it extra “glowy” when it’s time to play with it in the dark.

Glow in the dark play dough

Have fun! If the glow starts to fade, just hold it up to a light for a few minutes to charge and keep playing. You are allowed to play with your DIY play dough with the lights on, too!

Yield: 2 cups dough

DIY Play Dough

Learn how to make unique DIY play dough with only three ingredients - this version glows in the dark and is so inexpensive to make! Kids will love it.

Learn how to make this simple homemade play dough recipe with two ingredients! Add a fun twist with some glow in the dark paint.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 1 2-oz.l bottle Glow In The Dark Paint (non-toxic)

Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula

Instructions

  1. Mix the conditioner and corn starch together in a bowl. If the dough seems sticky, add a bit more corn starch.
  2. Add the bottle of glow in the dark paint and mix with a spatula until fully incorporated.
  3. Once the dough forms a ball, start mixing with your hands.
  4. When you want the dough to glow, "charge" it near a light bulb or in the sunlight.
  5. This dough can be reused time and time again! Store in an airtight, sealed container in a cool area between uses.

Notes

The conditioner you choose can influence the scent of your play dough!

Did you make this project?

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Hop on over to my blog, Homemade Ginger, to get more great ideas just like this one!

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Bonnie Harris

Monday 6th of March 2017

Could you pleases here you bought glow in the dark paint. I sure want to try this

Amy

Monday 6th of March 2017

The brand purchased is here: http://amzn.to/2myAd5o. Buy online or in a craft store!

S. Ward

Friday 15th of January 2016

Thank YOU for the recipe

Paige

Thursday 14th of January 2016

This playdough looks so fun! My son would absolutely love playing with this!

Paige http://www.thehappyflammily.com/