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How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Wooden Coasters

by Elyse Wanshel
Elyse is a Senior Writer at LittleThings.com. She enjoys tacos, kickboxing, and naming animals. In fact, she named two of her mother’s six cockatiels Mr. and Mrs. Featherbottom.

Personally, I love a great woodworking DIY project. Or looking in awe at photos of a great woodworking DIY project, to be completely honest.

The problem is, I am petrified to actually attempt any because I have absolutely no idea how to use power tools and I’m very fond of all 10 of my fingers. But I have found one woodsy and wonderful project that anyone, even a saw-scaredy-cat like myself, can totally pull off.

Best part? Just like this incredible illuminating table, it glows in the dark!

Pouring glow resin into wood seems to be a pretty popular DIY detail used quite often while working with wood. Wood, like pecky cypress hardwood, gets natural grooves when it rots, giving it perfect grooves to pour some homemade glow-in-the-dark goo into. But even if your wood is completely smooth, like the kind you’l see in this amazing project by Reddit user, EdgySmudge, you can still make it shine.

All you need is a few materials and a whole lot of ingenuity…

First you need some wood biscuits. “I got the log from a dead tree I cut down in my yard. Then I cut it into slices using a table saw,” said EdgySmudge. You could probably also buy these at a hardware store pre-cut.

First you need some wood biscuits. “I got the log from a dead tree I cut down in my yard. Then I cut it into slices using a table saw,” said EdgySmudge. You could probably also buy these at a hardware store pre-cut.

Sand each biscuit until it’s smooth.

Sand each biscuit until it’s smooth.

Once it’s nice and slick, roughly draw some lines.

Once it’s nice and slick, roughly draw some lines.

Next, create score lines with a utility knife.

Next, create score lines with a utility knife.

Then cut some stronger lines.

Then cut some stronger lines.

When the lines are deep enough, break the pieces apart.

When the lines are deep enough, break the pieces apart.

Next, take your pieces and keep them slightly apart. Tape the bottom of the wood once you have the gaps you want.

Next, take your pieces and keep them slightly apart. Tape the bottom of the wood once you have the gaps you want.

Measure out about 1/8 tsp. of blue triple glow powder per 4mm of resin and mix the concoction.

Measure out about 1/8 tsp. of blue triple glow powder per 4mm of resin and mix the concoction.

Pour the glow potion into the cracks in your wood biscuits.

Pour the glow potion into the cracks in your wood biscuits.

Remove the tape, sand each biscuit, and finish with a coat of polyurethane.

Remove the tape, sand each biscuit, and finish with a coat of polyurethane.

Let it dry overnight — the final results should look like this.

Let it dry overnight — the final results should look like this.

Once you dim the light, however, the biscuit — or new coaster! — takes on a new life.

Once you dim the light, however, the biscuit — or new coaster! — takes on a new life.

And if you turn off the lights — whoa! No one will ever miss the coaster and put water rings on your furniture ever again!

And if you turn off the lights — whoa! No one will ever miss the coaster and put water rings on your furniture ever again!

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