Martha Stewart Glow-in-the-Dark Glitter

Reported by Kandi Phillips

I normally like glitter in mild doses, but when I laid my eyes on a bottle of Glow-in-the-Dark Glitter by Martha Stewart Crafts I knew instantly that I had to have it for my Halloween projects! From cards to treat bags, plastic skeletons and pumpkins, you can cover pretty much any surface to get a “spooky sparkle” that will wow and delight your recipient.

Picture courtesy Martha Stewart Crafts

The bottle has a unique design in that the top has tabs on each side that lift up to reveal holes in the lid. Much like your spice lids, you can control how much glitter comes out of the lid in either the smaller hole size, or the larger one. You can still unscrew the top to return the excess glitter, making clean up easy.

Like most glitters you can adhere it to your projects with glue, or heat and stick powder. The great thing with this glitter is it is a bit chunkier, so you don’t actually use as much to cover each area on your project, but it still covers evenly like a fine glitter. Since this is sold as a glow-in-the-dark product my first test was to see if the bottle of glitter itself would show up in the dark. You do need to charge it with light to ensure it will glow, but I loved that I could already see that eerie green glow after only a few seconds.

The first project I tried with this glitter was to cover a spider web on patterned paper with glue and then stick the glitter directly to that outline. It produced a really quick and cute card to give to a child or friend, but the real surprise is the glow-in-the-dark glitter when the lights go out!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the full glow on most of my projects, but as you can tell there is a perfect spider web outline where the glitter is and it really does show up! Both of my kids saw it and loved it. They thought it was the coolest thing ever and couldn’t wait to try their hands at it!

I then made a fun Halloween treat holder using the glitter. After stamping the ghost image with craft ink I then sprinkled the glitter over the image. Since the craft ink is a little tacky the glitter clung to the image in most places, but not in all. Using a glue pad would be the easiest way to transfer this glitter to your stamped images, but a liquid glue pen would also work just as well. The glitter makes a great addition to this fun Halloween project and you know any little kid (or possibly even adult) would love to get this fun treat that glows in the dark!

Here is a close-up of the glitter over the ghost outline. For the next two projects I wasn’t able to get the full glow-in-the-dark effect, but I can tell you they show up great and look amazing!

Images copyright Skipping Stones Design

Finally, I wanted to see if this glitter would help in dressing up some of my traditional Halloween decorations. I took a plastic candy bowl and applied glue over the printed design. After sprinkling the glitter on and shaking the excess off, I ended up with a fun new twist on an otherwise plain bowl. The glitter will invariably wash off or flake off over time, but realistically this could last the whole Halloween season and could be quickly reapplied each year.

I’m sure there are many more uses you could think of for this glow-in-the-dark glitter. One thing I would love to do would be to take plastic pumpkins or plastic skeleton pieces and cover them in this glitter to make a fun display for my house or front porch. The only thing that is stopping me is the amount of glitter it would take to cover them. At $12.99 for a 1.5 oz. bottle, it is on the pricier side, so would result in a higher cost for any large glittered projects, but it does cover quite well so might not use as much to cover those large areas.

I think for my own uses I will stick to adding this to some fun Halloween cards, scrapbook pages, or treat bags, and I might try my hand at a banner or other simple Halloween decoration, but really the options and ideas are endless!.


  • Great for adding an extra punch to Halloween projects
  • Flip-top lid designed to control the flow of glitter
  • Glitter really does glow after being charged in the light after a few seconds


  • Cost per bottle is higher than your average glitter
  • Over time the glitter may lose the ability to glow (not tested yet, just speculation)
  • Depending on the item you cover, you may need to touch up the glitter after a period of time

Have you used this glow-in-the-dark glitter before? What other spooktacular projects do you envision with this glitter? Leave a comment and let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

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5 Responses to Martha Stewart Glow-in-the-Dark Glitter

  1. Lisa G. September 20, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks for the review…my friend and I just saw this in Michael’s over the w/e, and were wondering about it.

  2. Rachel Johnson September 20, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Wow! Fantastic. I love glitter in all forms and this glow-in-the-dark version is definitely unique.

    I have one question, does the packaging say anything about the glitter being toxic? I know that no one would purposefully eat glitter, but past glow-in-the-dark things I have had often contained major warnings about their toxicity…

  3. Mary September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I used Glow in the Dark glitter in the past, not Martha’s, and I loved it. My grandkids moved to a new home and were afraid Santa wouldn’t find them. Right before bed we threw out the glitter that had been under a light all day….and they could see the glitter on the grass…well guess what…it must have worked as Santa found them. This year they will be here for Christmas. I’ll be buying more glitter….Santa needs to know they’ll be here! Thanks for the review!

  4. Kandi Phillips September 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

    Good question Rachael! The package does not contain any toxicity warnings, but it does state it conforms to ASTM D-4236 if that helps.

  5. Jen O September 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    oh i love this! i’ll have to go to Micheals this weekend and get some! :) thanks for the great review!