What’s inside: An awesome non-toxic glow in the dark paint recipe perfect for magical kids crafts. Sponsored by Amazon Prime Video.
The girls and I recently got a sneak peek at the new Amazon Prime Video series Niko and the Sword of Light. In the show, Niko uses his magical Sword of Light to cut through the darkness and bring light and good back to his homeland.
Niko’s trademark sword glows a brilliant blue and I thought it would be really cool to make one at home, using our own glow in the dark paint recipe.
We make a lot of slime and putty recipes, so I based my glow in the dark paint on those same safe, non-toxic ingredients. You only need a few simple supplies, and the paint dries really fast. Oh, and it GLOWS brightly under a blacklight!
Niko and the Sword of Light debuts this Friday, July 21 on Amazon Prime Video. Watch the preview later in this post and see what all the excitement is about!
How to make Glow in the Dark Paint
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- 1 non-toxic yellow highlighter
- 1/4 cup water
- 4-5 tablespoons corn starch
- 2-3 drops royal blue gel food color
Use a pair of pliers to gently remove the felt tip from the highlighter. Once you have a grip on the felt, simply wiggle back and forth and it should pop right out.
Note: You’ll likely want to assist kids with this step, or do it for them, depending on their age and capability.
Place the highlighter felt in a small mixing bowl with 1/4 cup water. Allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes until the water turns bright yellow.
Remove and discard the highlighter felt.
Add 2-3 drops of blue food gel coloring to your bowl and stir until you have an even, rich turquoise color.
Add cornstarch one tablespoon at a time, stirring as you add. You want a smooth, viscous liquid, but not quite a paste.
Use paint immediately and simply stir if it starts to separate.
TIP: Always create and work with your glow in the dark paint on a protected surface and avoid prolonged contact with hands. The supplies we used are non-toxic, but the blue food coloring may stain hands and surfaces.
Make Niko’s glowing Sword of Light
- Blue glow in the dark paint (recipe above)
- Free printable sword pattern (see below)
- Blank white cardboard
- Paint brush
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Start by printing the free sword pattern (available here). Cut and trace the pattern onto plain white cardboard.
Cut out the cardboard for your Sword of Light — it will be shaped just like Niko’s!
Grab a paintbrush and paint a thick even coat of your blue glow in the dark paint onto the white cardboard sword. Allow to dry completely (about 10 minutes). Add a second coat if desired and let dry.
Your sword will glow a vibrant bright blue under a blacklight, just like Niko’s amazing Sword of Light!
More about Niko and the Sword of Light:
I have a soft spot for historical fiction and fantasy stories, so this was right up my alley!
Niko is an unlikely champion: a ten-year-old boy, the last of his kind, who looks about as average as they come. However, Niko is chosen to save his homeland from the evil forces that have yet to be defeated. Tough-as-nails Princess Lyra, gives him the magical “Sword of Light” and assists Niko throughout his journey.
Brought to you in part by the same people behind Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3, Niko and the Sword of Light is already award-winning, and you can see why! It also features some truly amazing voice talent from many other popular kids shows and movies.
Check out Niko and the Sword of Light on Amazon Prime Video starting July 21st! Here’s a preview: