Glow in the Dark Dancing Ballerina Skirt – Because Why Not?

11 Feb

Glow in the Dark Dancing Ballerina SkirtI don’t know about you but I was totally blown away by the opening ceremony at Sochi last week.  Granted there were a few technical problems, but overall it was bursting with creativity and just so cool.  My daughter is obsessed with being a ballerina these days so when the dancers came out wearing twirling glow in the dark head gear it was pretty much all over for us at that point.

How to Make a Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt Like the Opening Ceremony at Sochi(pic via

I woke up the next day with visions of glow sticks and duct tape so I headed to Michaels, and picked up some glow sticks, which are also available at the dollar store by the way.  We always have duct tape on hand, because I’m semi obsessed, and I got taping.  This was really really easy.  Measure your child’s waste and cut the tape a little longer than that.  Lay the tape out on a table sticky side up.  Place as many glow sticks as you want on the tape, then place another piece of duct tape on top of it sticky side down.  Cut little slats about a half inch or so around each glow stick so they can move around easily when twirling.  This part is important because it gives the skirt movement.  Fold over the edges onto each other so there is no sticky part and place some velcro on each end.  There you have it folks.

Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt - D was happy to be my model while Gigi was sleeping.  Umm…don’t eat that D.  (bad parenting, please ignore)

Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt - When Gigi woke up, her eyes nearly bugged out of her head.  It was still light out so we ran to the bathroom to try it out.  As you can see, it works.  And it was soooo much fun to watch her twirling and twirling, giggling and laughing.  I am dying to have a disco party someday for one of the girl’s birthdays.  These would make the best accessories for the party!

Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt -

Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt - Glow in the Dark Twirling Skirt - Thank you Sochi Olympic Creative Team for inspiring this idea and thank you Ana from BabbleDabbleDo for making light play seem so doable.  You guys are awesome.

Glow in the Dark Dancing Ballerina Skirt

12 Responses to “Glow in the Dark Dancing Ballerina Skirt – Because Why Not?”

  1. Ana February 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Just stellar! I’m in love with this project!

    • Meri Cherry February 11, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks Ana!! It is so much fun working with light! Thanks for inspiring us!!

  2. Florassippi Girl February 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    ♥ this!!!

  3. Gina February 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    I’m in LOVE! I want one, too! What a fantastic idea!

  4. Jeanette Nyberg February 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Oh, amazing! I can’t wait to go buy zillions of glow sticks (I’m all covered on the tape part) and ive them to my daughter, who will proceed to make her own glow stick apparel. She’ll freak!

    • Meri Cherry February 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Awesome!!! Send me pics. And then we need to have a dancing glow in the dark ballerina party.

  5. Jessica Urias February 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Love this idea, can’t wait to try it.

    • Meri Cherry February 18, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

      It’s really really fun! My girls love it. Enjoy!


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