artsy-fartsy mama: Glow in the Dark Birdhouse

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse

Summer is the perfect time for crafting with kids. The weather is great to work outside (especially if your project is a messy one), and it's fun seeing what kids can create with just a few supplies. As far as supplie go, I have really loved using Plaid products with my daughter when we work on projects together. They are safe and fun for children to use, and most products are even washable - which is a definite must when it comes to kids' crafting!

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse & Trinket Box #PlaidSummerKids

Since I am laid up at home due to my broken leg, my husband took my daughter to the store to pick out a project. She chose a both a birch barn-style birdhouse and a small trinket box. It's so fun to see her use her imagination.

For this project, we didn't just use regular neon paints (though we've used them on some other projects you'll see soon). Plaid has neon glow in the dark paints!! Like a lot of glow in the dark products, I was honestly a little skeptical about the quality and amount of time the paint would actually glow. But after working with the paints and the Glo Away, I can definitely say that I am really impressed with the selection of glow in the dark products we received from Plaid. So much fun to use, and my daughter loved seeing her projects in bright colors AND glow so bright in the dark!

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse #PlaidSummerKids

Unpainted Birch Birdhouse
Unpainted Birch Trinket Box
Apple Barrel Neon Glow in the Dark Paints - Green, Orange, Pink, and Yellow
Glo Away
Mod Podge Extreme Glitter

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse #PlaidSummerKids

Zoey wanted the edges and the front sections all painted green, so we started by painting a thin coat in each section, and letting each coat dry before adding another. The paint was a little thin (which makes it easy cleanup if it spills or gets on clothing), so we needed about 3-4 coats for the colors to look extra bright.

Glow in the Dark Trinket Box #PlaidSummerKids

She wanted the trinket box to be all glow in the dark pink, so she painted 2-3 coats inside and out. Once it was dry, she added a couple coats of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to make it extra girly and is now perfect to hold her rings and smaller treasures.

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse & Trinket Box #PlaidSummerKids

Once all the paint on the birdhouse was dry, we painted a thin coat of Glo Away on the parts of the birdhouse that didn't glow as bright. A coat of Mod Podge Extreme Glitter on the roof completed the look.

Glow in the Dark Birdhouse #PlaidSummerKids

Here's how the birdhouse looks in the glowing in the dark. It glows so bright and it's so fun to see my daughter so proud of her projects. We had a lot of fun working with these Plaid products and can't wait to create more.

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  1. Lindsay this is such a fun idea! I need to try that glow in the dark paint. And what a guy to take your daughter out shopping and pick out a project. :) Fun Daddy/daughter time.

  2. What a fun kids would love this! :)

  3. Cool project - I like that it's glow in the dark, that makes it super fun!

    Yvonne @

  4. Love this project! My kids would love it! Actually - anything in glow-in-the-dark paint would be a hit with them! I probably would've picked a barn birdhouse as well - it's adorable!

  5. How fun! Glow in the dark ANYTHING is great... but paint means you really could make glow in the dark anything! Lots of possibilities - your wood projects turned out super cute!

  6. AWESOME that it glowes that brightly! My kiddos would love love this. We are going to have to check out those paints soon.:)

  7. great idea!! I could see a bunch of these for Halloween!!! :) glow baby glow!

  8. Such a great idea to use glow in the dark paint on a birdhouse! I'm going to have to look out for paint like that during my next Hobby Lobby run!

    The Thinking Closet

  9. I can't wait to look for these paints! I agree, fun Halloween projects are brewing ;)

  10. So fun! My girls would love this for the back yard!

  11. It's super fun how this glows...I've always been a sucker for glow in the dark things! :D


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