I made this gnome lawn project back in May and have been giggling about it ever since. This easy to make project would be great for Halloween, too. You can use this technique to turn all your innocent lawn decor into a creepy night time scene.
Admittedly, I don’t know how long this keeps glowing. I have motion triggered lawn lights, so I hope that those lights “recharge” the glow in the dark medium. I like using a flashlight to make my figure “transform” and to startle my kids. If you’re easily amused like I am, here’s how to make your own creepy glowing lawn gnome.
- Glow in the Dark paint
- Paint Brush
I found this gnome in the dollar spot a Target. I just love the color! You can find decorative garden gnomes everywhere. I liked that the lines in the beard on this figure would help me paint the “teeth” for the monster gnome.
The glow in the dark paint looks cloudy when you paint it on, so you can see where it is going. The more layers you apply, the more intense the effect. The paint dries mostly clear, but you can still see a bit of a haze when it dries. This isn’t noticeable from a distance.
I started with the eyes. I painted half the circle in the create angry eyes, and added arched eyebrows.
I used the lines on the beard to create sharp, pointy teeth.
I embellished the ears as well. Use your imagination to transform your gnome as you see fit!
Let the paint dry completely. After the paint has been exposed to bright light, it will glow for several minutes. I shone a flashlight on it for several seconds, then turned it off. Instantly, I saw this creepy face! My kids hate it. I’m sure the neighbors do, too. Mission accomplished. 😂