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Twister is a classic party game. Now imagine playing a glow-in-the-dark version of Twister.
How cool is that?! It is a great way to light up the night and to get a party wound up.
You can easily make your own glow-in-the-dark version with glow paint and a piece of fabric.
Creating the mat is not difficult and is totally worth the time and effort to have a fun and energetic party game that you can use over and over.
So grab a paint brush, stretch your limbs, and get ready to get twisted!
Crafting the Game
Materials for Making the Game
- Flat sheet or piece of large material (white or black will look best)
- Four different colors of glow in the dark paint
- Poster board or cardstock
- Brad (fastener)
- Black light (optional but it will really make the paint glow brightly)
Making a Glowing Twister Game
Creating the Mat:
- Find four colors of glow-in-the-dark paint. It is usually easy to find multiple shades of greens and yellows. But too many similar colors will make the game confusing. Try to find pinks, oranges, and blues to go alongside your yellow and green. Fluorescent paint typically glows under a black light as well. You can find glow paint at craft stores (like Micheal's) and some hardware stores. You can also order it online if you are having trouble finding enough glowing colors. It comes in acrylic form, and you can also find it in spray cans.
- To start making the mat, draw circles on a sheet. The circles should be about 10-12 inches in diameter. Paper plates are about the right size and make a good stencil.
- Trace the circles in rows as straight as possible. You want four columns with at least six rows. You can add more rows if your material is long enough. Put about five or six inches of space between the circles.
- Paint the circles one color per column. Be careful that the paint doesn't smear. You may need more than one coat of paint per circle.
Creating the Game Spinner:
- Create a game spinner using a piece of poster board. Draw two lines to divide the paper into fourths so that you have four squares. Then label the squares "Left Hand," "Left Foot," "Right Hand," and "Right Foot."
- Draw a circle in the middle of the paper. Divide the circle so that there are four segments in each of the four boxes. These segments will represent the four game colors. Using the same paint colors as the mat, mark one segment with each of the colors for each limb box.
- Basically, what you want for the game spinner is a mark for each of the four colors in each section of the four body parts.
- Poke a hole in the center of the spinner board. Wrap a paper clip around a fastener (brad). Put the brad through the hole in the center and fold down the ends on the back side of the paper. Test the paper clip to make sure it will spin properly.
Before Playing the Game:
- The paint may need to "charge" (absorb light) before it will glow properly. If you aren't using a black light, leave the game somewhere bright for a few hours before you are ready to play.
- You will probably need to tape the edges of the mat down before beginning the game to keep the material from sliding as players move.
When you are ready to play, grab some friends and get twisted up!
Alternate Game Creation Ideas
- Paint Over an Official Mat: You can paint over an official Twister mat with glow-in-the-dark paint for an easier creation. Keep in mind that it may take a few coats of paint to stick to the mat material depending on what type of paint you have. You may also need to spray or paint a coat of clear primer over the mat before painting it with the flourescent paint.
- Use Glow Necklaces: Glow necklaces that can be connected in a circle can also be used for a glowing Twister game. You will need at least four glow sticks in each of four different colors. They will need to be attached to the ground before play. Tape may work to hold them in place on most floors or the glow sticks can be taped on top of a regular Twister mat (see video below).
- Right on the Ground: Glow paint can be painted directly onto the ground also. Glowing spray paint will work best for this. Spray circles onto grass or concrete. If you spray it somewhere other than grass, it will be permanent.
A Game of Glow-in-the-Dark Twister
Playing the Game
Playing Glow in the Dark Twister
You will need three to five players.
- Set up the mat and get the spinner ready. Be sure to tape the mat down if needed and turn on black lights for a better glow.
- Designate one person to be the spinner and caller.
- It will work best if you have two to four people on the mat playing at once.
- Have everyone get into starting position on the mat. Everyone should start with their feet on the same two colors.
- The Spinner/Caller should spin to see the first move. He or she will call out the color and whether the players should move their left or right foot or hand.
- You can play the game having all players move to the circle the spinner calls or doing separate calls for each player.
- Players are eliminated if they fall or touch the mat with their knees or elbows.
- The game lasts until there is only one person left in the game.
Chopsy the Clown on July 08, 2019:
I plan to do this, attach it to the wall, and nail halloween severed limbs to it to use for my creepy funhouse haunt!
Skriverier on April 12, 2019:
7 on February 16, 2015:
Good way to get a cool way to play twister in dark
Samuel Franklin on September 13, 2014:
Nice way to revitalise an old Twister set!
Sarah Forester from Australia on February 07, 2014:
Wow this is a brilliant idea, my kids would love this. Great way to get the old Twister set out of the cupboard.
David Heinz from Salt Lake City, UT on August 23, 2013:
I loved twister just playing it with lights on. I think that glow in the dark would add so much more to the game. Thanks for the great idea!
Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on July 26, 2013:
Pumpingpie - Yes, you should be able to paint it on the original board. You might have to use primer first, though, because the boards are often slick.
pumpingpie on July 25, 2013:
I love all these ideas! Could it also work if you just painted to original board or not? Just wondering...
Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on November 08, 2012:
everythingdazzles - Thanks so much!
Patty Inglish, MS - It is definitely more fun when the game glows. Thanks!
Marcy Goodfleisch - It would be a great game for Halloween or any type of spooky party. Thank you!
Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on October 31, 2012:
This would be a fun game at Halloween - it would add to the dark and spooky element, but also be entertaining! Great idea, and great pictures!
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 29, 2012:
It looks like a lot of fun and better than the original version of the game.
Janelle from Houston on October 29, 2012:
Oh my this is awesome and looks like it would be a blast at a party. Great idea!