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Easy DIY Pathways with Glow in the Dark Rocks

by Vanessa Goodpaster-Beaty on February 6, 2013

DIY glowing pathwayIf you are one of those people who like to be different, we have a great idea for you. Instead of spending hundreds on solar lights for your pathway or garden area, consider glow in the dark rocks. No, these are not something that you will find at your local home improvement store. They are something that you can make which makes them the perfect project because not only do you get a beautiful and unique pathway, you get it cheap.

You’ll need to buy:

Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Paint - Amazon.com

Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Paint – Dickblick.com

You can use any type of rocks that you want for this project so if you happen to live in an area that has lots of river rocks then this will really be a breeze. You will need to purchase a can of Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Paint. This is a brush on paint and you will need about a seven ounce can. If you are planning to do a relatively large area, you may want to consider picking up two cans. This idea works great with any type of landscaping design.

Painting Process

Once you have your materials ready, just lay the rocks on newspapers or other material to protect the area where you are working. We recommend painting the rocks outdoors so that the paint fumes do not get too strong.

Be sure that you thoroughly clean the rocks, brushing any dirt or other debris from them before you paint. Next, you just brush a light coat onto the surface of all of your rocks. Once this coat dries, go ahead and add a second coat to ensure that you get the surface of the rocks covered well.

You can add a light coating of epoxy or another clear coat if you want to ensure that the paint lasts through different weather conditions.

That is all there is to it. Now you have lovely rocks that will provide excellent and unique lighting for your pathway. Just lay them in the places where you want them and build a beautiful walkway that will charge up during the daytime from the sun’s UV rays.

During the night, you will have a lovely glow on your walkway. You can add other elements if you want to make it truly unique, but this inexpensive and easy idea is really all you need to create a lovely walkway or garden area.


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carol Evans April 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Love all your ideas

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KAren April 30, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Does the paint have a color when dry?
Such a great idea, trying to figure out where I can use it.

thanks!

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Elfi June 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

It says that it is for ‘indoor use only’! Is there a special treatment?

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Grant July 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I have seen this picture in multiple places and not 100% convinced that Vanessa Goodpaster-Beaty has actually done this project. Has anyone actually done a similiar project and have REAL pictures to share?

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Vivian August 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

Hi I just won’t to know how long do they last for dark rocks my partner is a concreter and I would love to have them in my concrete

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Karen February 11, 2014 at 12:33 am

We HAD lots of river rocks available but the landscapers have taken most to SELL! Old favorite rock-collecting sites are bare.

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Ken February 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I just wonder how long it glows after sunset?

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