Glow in the Dark Twister

Twister game board glowing
Twister game board 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 make your own glowing game of Twister with glow in the dark paint and a piece of material.

Creating a glow in the dark Twister board 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!

Making a Glowing


  • 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)

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.

Making a Glowing Twister Game

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. Fluorescent paint typically glows under a black light as well.

You can find glow in the dark paint at craft stores 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 board, 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 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.

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.

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."

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 board, 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 4 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.

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 game board 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!

A Game of Glow in the Dark Twister

Alternate Game Creation Ideas

  • You can paint over an official Twister board with glow in the dark paint for an easier glowing game creation. Keep in mind that it may take a few coats of paint to stick to the board material depending on what type of paint you have. You may also need to spray or paint a coat of clear primer over the board before painting it with glow paint.
  • 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 board (see video at right).
  • 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.

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The game spinner glowing
The game spinner glowing
The game spinner glowing

Playing Glow in the Dark Twister

You will need 3-5 players.

  1. Set up the board and get the spinner ready. Be sure to tape the board 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 board playing at once.
  4. Have everyone get into starting position on the board. 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 board with their knees or elbows.
  8. The game lasts until there is only one person left in the game.

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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 fluorescent paint glow.


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everythingdazzles 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

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

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

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

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 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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cocopreme 4 years ago from Far, far away Author

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!

pumpingpie 3 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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cocopreme 3 years ago from Far, far away Author

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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topkidsreview 3 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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ilikegames 2 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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SimilarSam 2 years ago from Australia

Nice way to revitalise an old Twister set!

23 months ago

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

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