Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tu-tu-tu-tutorial! Glow in the dark style!!!

Ok guys here it is, my next tutorial! Its a glow in the dark tutu! Again I'm new to the tutorials so if anything is confusing please let me know I will do my best to clarify! Let's start with supplies!

If you love this idea but don't want to make one of your own you can buy them in my Etsy shop!

-Spools of tulle (I chose 4 different fluorescent colors, but you can use whatever you like! For an adult size you will need at least 2 spools, I made 2 and ran out at the very last pattern so I had to buy more)
-Glow in the dark puff paint (make sure its fabric paint)
-Glow in the dark spray paint
-Glow in the dark foam stickers
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-Marker, pen, pencil, just something to write with

First you'll need to cut the tulle. Measure out a piece of cardboard to what you want the tutu length to be. The tulle will end up being double that length when all is said and done. With a marker, draw an arrow pointing to one of the short ends of the cardboard. The take the start of the tulle and line it up with the end that the arrow is pointing to and start wrapping it around the cardboard.

Once you have reached the end of the tulle cut off any remaining (if you have a few extra inches or even half of a wrap left over that's ok you can just cut it off, it only works if you have one full wrap). On the end that has the arrow (which also should be where you started and ended the tulle) cut through all the tulle. You now have all your tutu strips! Repeat this same step for all your spools. (When I first started making tutus I would go to the fabric store and buy yardages of tulle and had to cut strips by hand the long way, it probably would've taken me an hour for these 4 colors for how much I cut. With the spools and cardboard it took maybe 10 minutes at the longest!)

Next you need to cut and sew the elastic. When you tie on the tulle the elastic will stretch out a little so when measuring the elastic you'll want to stretch it a bit around the waist so when the tutu is done it wont be too large for the person wearing it. Cut the elastic and sew the ends together

Now the fun part (it's also the longest, so put on your favorite TV show marathon or movie and sit back)! Line up the strips in whatever color order you want to help you keep them organized (unless you are using one color haha). I used 5 strips of each color to create a large color block. You tie them on with a lark's head knot.

You fold your tulle in half and put underneath the elastic with the folded end towards you.

You then put the open ends over the elastic and through the folded end.

Finally you pull the tulle tight and align it next to the other strips (or if its your first one, you place it wherever you want to start). And now you have attached your tulle with a Lark's Head Knot.

Once all the tulle is attached your tutu will look like this:

Now to make it glow in the dark! You'll want to find a box or pegs or something that you can put the tutu around so you can take it outside and spray it with the glow in the dark spray paint and not have to worry about holding the tutu or getting paint all over you. I had a jimmy johns catering box lying around my house and it was the perfect size so I used that! I also found that using an extra piece of cardboard to poke in and around the tulle was great to be sure to get an even coating of the paint.

If it is a windy day (like it was when I was spraying) just rotate the box with wind so that the paint is always flying towards the tutu. Even though that seems like common sense, I really felt like a genius when I thought of it. Depending on the look you are going for you might go back and spray a few more coats after you see how it glows.

After the spray paint dries you can bring it in and decorate it with the glow in the dark foam stickers and puff paint. Sadly I was in a rush to finish the tutu's (my sister and her friend were running in a glow in the dark 5K later that evening) so I didn't get any pictures of those steps. With the puff paint I decorated the knots (which also serves as added security of the hold so they don't come loose). I placed the foam stickers at the end of the strands for a little extra pizazz.

My camera really hates the no flash setting so I had to turn the light on behind me to actually get it to take a picture. The spray paint picks up the color of the tulle and really highlights it and makes it glow, sadly the black didn't really show up on the picture but it was really cool in person (this was after 4 coats of spray paint).

Here is what my sister and her friend looked like for the run. You can kind of see the stickers and puff paint around the waist band! They had a ton of fun and won the costume contest!

Until next time, happy crafting!!!


  1. I definitely want to make one of these. Lottie would love it. :) Also, I pinned this to show people!

  2. I really want to try these for The Electric Run next month. I can find the neon tulle in 6 and 12 inch rolls, I am thinking the 6 inch is best. Could you tell me if you used the rolls that were 25 feet or 40 feet of tulle on the rolls. Thanks.

    1. The rolls I used were 6 inches across and 25 feet long. There was enough to make 2 tutus with the measurements of my sister and her friend. Thank you for stopping by and let me know how your tutu comes out!

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  4. My best friend and I did a glow in the dark 5k last weekend and I used this tutorial to make us tutus. I just wanted to let you know this tutorial was super easy to follow and the tutus came out awesome!

    Thanks!! =)

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad they worked for you! :)


  5. I am curious of your luck with the spray paint. The reviews I have found aren't favorable. Also does it change the daylight color? Thank you!

    1. I actually had really good luck with the spray paint. It could possibly be because I was spraying on fabric. I also used about half the can on each tutu. Home Depot now carries a glow in the dark spray paint by Rustoleum that is supposed to be better but it is and has been all sold out/back ordered around here.

  6. Do you think this would work with spraying brown and green on a black tutu for a camp tutu?

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    1. I don't see why it wouldn't work! I would use regular spray paint (Michael's/JoAnn/Hobby Lobby all carry these mini ones called short cuts that I use for a lot of small projects) as it would stick better and not absorb into the tulle. The fabric spray paints I have used just get absorbed into any material I use even if it's super thin!

  8. Does the spray paint leave a bad smell?

  9. Hello what brand or type of spray paint should I use thanks