Make Your Own Glow-in-the-Dark Twister Game

Updated on February 28, 2017
Twister game mat glowing
Twister game mat glowing

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)
  • 4 different colors of glow in the dark paint
  • paintbrush
  • poster board or cardstock
  • brad (fastener)
  • paperclip
  • black light (optional but it will really make the paint glow brightly)

Making a Glowing Twister Game

Creating the Mat:

  1. Find 4 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Trace the circles in rows as straight as possible. You want 4 columns with at least 6 rows. You can add more rows if your material is long enough. Put about 5 or 6 inches of space between the circles.
  4. 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:

  1. Create a game spinner using a piece of poster board. Draw 2 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."
  2. 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.
  3. Basically, what you want for the game spinner is a mark for each of the 4 colors in each section of the four body parts.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

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Paint the circles with glow paint.Use a paper plate to trace the circles.Divide the poster board into fourths and then draw a circle in the middle.Finished spinner board marked with all of the colors.
Paint the circles with glow paint.
Paint the circles with glow paint.
Use a paper plate to trace the circles.
Use a paper plate to trace the circles.
Divide the poster board into fourths and then draw a circle in the middle.
Divide the poster board into fourths and then draw a circle in the middle.
Finished spinner board marked with all of the colors.
Finished spinner board marked with all of the colors.

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 4 glow sticks in each of 4 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 3-5 players.

  1. 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.
  2. Designate one person to be the spinner and caller.
  3. It will work best if you have 2-4 people on the mat playing at once.
  4. Have everyone get into starting position on the mat. Everyone should start with their feet on the same two colors.
  5. 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.
  6. You can play the game having all players move to the circle the spinner calls or doing separate calls for each player.
  7. Players are eliminated if they fall or touch the mat with their knees or elbows.
  8. The game lasts until there is only one person left in the game.

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The game spinner glowing
The game spinner glowing
The game spinner glowing
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American Dj Black 48 Blb 4Ft Blacklight Tube And Fixture

Use a black light to enhance the glow of the paint. It will also make florescent paint glow.


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      3 years ago

      Good way to get a cool way to play twister in dark

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      Sam 3 years ago from Australia

      Nice way to revitalise an old Twister set!

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      Sarah Forester 4 years ago from Australia

      Wow this is a brilliant idea, my kids would love this. Great way to get the old Twister set out of the cupboard.

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      David Heinz 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

      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!

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      Candace Bacon 4 years ago from Far, far away

      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.

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      pumpingpie 4 years ago

      I love all these ideas! Could it also work if you just painted to original board or not? Just wondering...

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      Candace Bacon 5 years ago from Far, far away

      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!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      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!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      It looks like a lot of fun and better than the original version of the game.

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Oh my this is awesome and looks like it would be a blast at a party. Great idea!