Wednesday, October 22

How To Black Light BOO Pumpkin

Hey Guys! Tanner Bell here. I'm so excited to share this DIY Black Light BOO Pumpkin. You're going to love this simple no carve pumpkin idea and it is super trendy this year. It is super fun and easy to make with the Tulip Black Light Paint. Let's jump into it.

Tuesday, October 21

Black Light Tic Tac Toe Pillow

My experience with black lights is extremely limited. There was that time a boyfriend in high school started making his room black light friendly but I just kind of bopped around in my own little world so it's just a vague memory. Most recently my nephews and I have discovered black light miniature golf. Walking through and seeing glowing dinosaurs and crazy bright smiles is a lot of fun.

So why not bring that fun to some every day type of games? A black light is fairly inexpensive and kids are obsessed with new things, even if it is really an old thing made new because now it's played in the dark under a black light!

For this project you will need:
4" Wooden Letters x 5 each (x and o)
Black spray paint
Black pillowcase

First off we need to get one thing straight, because I sat in the dark in my bathroom for ages. You see I had put my project under a regular bulb to "charge up" and then couldn't understand why I couldn't see them in the dark. Which lead to a Google search.

Black light paint is NOT the same as glow in the dark paint. Black light (also called fluorescent) paint emits a bright light under the the special wavelengths of UV that a black light produces. While very pretty  under these black lights, it will not glow in the dark after exposure to any kind of light. It can be a very pretty neon color, however in normal light.

Glow in the dark paint is photoluminescent, meaning it will emit light after it has been "loaded up". However, it can emit a bright and very pretty light while underneath a black light. 

So does that clear things up a bit? Let's take off the science hat and get the crafty hat back on... Oh, but if you're somebody who really gets this science stuff, feel free to leave any info I might have missed or just flat out misunderstood in the comments so I can add it in!

At craft stores you'll find all sorts of fabulous wooden cut outs. Look for letters that are about 4" in size. You'll need 5 X and 5 O shapes in total.

Remove from the packaging and give both sides a good coat of flat black spray paint.

Outline your shape and fill in as you please.

Quick tip, tap your tube upside down to help push the air bottles to the top and away from the stream that comes out as you draw. This well help with less "belches" where the paint flies everywhere on you!

And continue for all of your X and O shapes.

Using your fabric paint, swipe on your tic tac toe playing field. I LOVE using Tulip Soft paint for things like a pillow case that actually gets used. Have you ever been given a decorated pillow case that was rough on the face? Because I have and I felt obligated to use it and it was awful. But with this kind of paint, you barely notice it's there!

When everything is dry, toss a pillow inside, get that black light shining and get ready for some fierce competition! 

If your room is completely dark except for your black light, you'll get the best and brightest shine!

So what do you think? Will this new spin on an old classic with Tulip Black Light Paint keep your kiddos occupied for hours?

I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to see you over at my little patch of internet, Dream a Little Bigger! Until next time :) 

Head over to our TIE DYE YOUR SUMMER site for even more inspiration, how-to's, and fun videos to get you mega-inspired for some DIY summer fun!

Monday, October 20

No-Sew Pillows from Cloth Napkins

You have to admire folks who can whip out a simple sewing project in a matter of minutes, but for those of us who aren't so light with their the stitches, sometimes you need a little help. Quick Dry Fabric Fusion makes up the difference! Pair it with ready-made cloth napkins from your favorite store and you are ready to go.


Sunday, October 19

Sugar Skull Tee-DIY

 Crafty Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo has a new line of Day of the Dead crafting amazingness! 
If you have not seen it you have to go and check it out HERE.
When I saw this iron on Skull applique I had to make a Shirt. Not only does Kathy designs her own craft  line, she runs a Blog a YouTube channel and is a full time Mother and Wife. She is an inspiration to everyone around her.  FYI, it's available at select Michaels stores and will also be able to order online through and

Saturday, October 18

Crow Magnet or Pin

It’s fall, and that means pumpkin patches, corn mazes, harvest festivals and of course, scarecrows. But scarecrows wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for the crows! This cute little guy makes a great magnet for your fridge, or is a fun pin your child can wear to that fall party they were invited to.

Thursday, October 16

Glow in the Dark Ghost Photos

Glow in the dark paint is so awesome. It's like a surprise every time you hit the lights. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten into bed after a night of crafting and realized at some point I wiped glow in the dark paint on my pajama pants. Always makes me smile. This fun surprise when the lights go out is perfect for Halloween!.

Wednesday, October 15

American Horror Story Face Paint Tutorial

(I will tell you that I did not have black contacts in my model's eyes, however I did photoshop the black for picture purposes)

It's almost Halloween and you know what that means!!! Time to get into the character we all love or dream of being. I can't say I dream of being this particular character from American Horror Story BUT... I will say I am addicted to the show and since the new season just started I wanted to show a little love. There was always something about this image that got my attention. Maybe it is the fact that she is all in white minus her "soul-less" black eyes. I had so much fun creating this face paint tutorial and I know you will too! Let's get started! 
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