With Halloween right around the corner, some may be looking for new Halloween decorations. You can buy the same old decorations from the stores, the ones that most of your neighbors will have as well, or you can make your own, be unique, and save money. A glow in the dark mural is a great way to decorate the inside or outside of your house. It does not go on your actual wall, so don’t worry, but you’re guaranteed to have one of a kind decorations.
-black lights or bulbs
-fluorescent paint (whatever colors you want)
-paintbrushes (one for each color is best)
-piece of brown paper however big you want to make your mural
-black spray paint (optional)
1. Hang the piece of brown paper up on the wall with the tape, or you can lay it across the floor if you feel that that would be easier. If you hang the paper on the wall, put the newspaper pages below it so that the paint does not drip on the floor. If you are going to paint with the paper on the floor, put the newspaper pages on the edges of paper so that you do not accidentally get paint on the floor.
- This is an optional step. If you want to add a more dramatic effect to your mural, you can spray paint the brown paper black. If you are planning on doing this, you may want to do it outside or in the garage because the smell of spray paint is very strong and stays in the house for a while.
- If you have chosen to spray paint the paper, wait until it is completely dry to continue. Next, paint your mural. Most people choose to paint things that are traditionally associated with Halloween, which makes sense. Before you start painting, it is best to outline what you want to draw so that you can erase if you make any mistakes or draw something you don’t like.
- Once you are finished with your outline and are satisfied with what your mural will look like, start painting. You can paint a pumpkin, a haunted house, bats, ghosts, witches, spiders, or anything else you feel would be appropriate for Halloween. You can also combine many of these things to paint a sort of scene.
- After you have finished painting, take the mural and put it somewhere where it can dry.
- At Halloween time, take your mural and hang it up where you have set up the black lights or bulbs. You can put this mural outside or inside.
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