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Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt | Kids' Painting Ideas

Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Young stargazers will surely take a shine to our out-of-this-world design made with simple potato prints


  • Firm potatoes
  • Paring knife
  • Marker
  • Dark T-shirt
  • Piece of cardboard cut to fit inside the shirt
  • White fabric paint
  • Several paper plates
  • Glow-in-the-dark fabric paint in a fine-tipped bottle (we used Scribbles Dimensional)


Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt - Step 1

1. Slice the potatoes in half and draw a celestial shape on each piece (for precise shapes, sketch them on paper first, use a stencil, or cut out a template). Use the knife to cut out the shapes (a parent's job).

Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt - Step 2

2. Slip the cardboard under the area of the shirt where your design will be. Pour white paint on one of the plates and use the potato shapes to stamp your design. Let this base coat dry for an hour.

Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt - Step 3

3. With the same stamps, repeat step 2 to apply a second coat (right over the first) with the glow-in-the-dark paints.

Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt - Step 4

4. Use the fine tip on the bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint to outline and add details to each shape. Let the shirt dry completely before wearing.

Glow-in-the-Dark Space Shirt - Step 5

5. Wear the shirt outside on a starry night, or turn out all the lights and watch the stars appear indoors.