Glow Party Magic: Creating a Neon Dance Floor for Kids on a budget

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Picture this: A room filled with neon colors, pulsating with energy, and kids dancing their hearts out on a dazzling neon dance floor. If you're planning a glow party and want to take it to the next level, you're in the right place! In this guide, I'll walk you through the exciting process of creating your very own neon dance floor that will light up the party and leave your young guests in awe. Get ready to make your glow party unforgettable!
The more UV-reactive things you have in the room, the better your party will glow with a little blacklight! Adding a neon dance floor not only makes the floor pop but helps the whole room glow brighter! You can make this as large or small as you wish! I designed mine to fit in front of a backdrop as the floor to a photo booth, but the kids loved it so much, I wish I had covered the whole room! 


Supplies Needed

Before we get started, let's gather the materials required to create this mesmerizing neon dance floor:

1. Neon Poster Sheets 11x14 (I used 30 11x14 inch sheets, and used the extras for other party decorations, but you can use as many or as few as you'd like) 

2. Black electrical tape (I ordered 2 rolls of 3/4 inch tape, but only needed 1 roll, if I had gone any larger I would have needed a second roll)

3. Clear Contact Paper (I used just under 2 rolls)

Assemble the Dance Floor 

I assembled the dance floor a week before the party to save time on the day of the event. I did need to transport this dance floor in my car, but it was easy to bend in half to fit in my car and didn't leave any creases when I took it out of the car and set it up. 

Start by arranging the pieces of poster board how you would like them. Decide if you want a pattern, or just randomly placed. Determine how large you would like your dance floor to be. 

Once all your poster boards are laid out in the position you want them, add a small X out of electrical tape everywhere that 4 squares of poster board meet. It doesn't matter how this looks, this won't be visible on your final dance floor. This is just to hold the poster board in place. 

Neon Dance Floor Tiles being Taped together

After you have added tape to everywhere 4 pieces of poster board connect, go around the outer edge of your dance floor and add a small strip of tape to keep the outside edges of the poster board together. 

Now that all the poster boards are secured together, flip the entire dance floor upside down. You will no longer see the X's you have taped on. Using the electrical tape, run a long line of tape from one side of the dance floor to the other, covering every seam where two poster boards meet. Go slowly and press the tape firmly to each seam keeping half the tape on each neighboring poster board. Repeat this process until every seam length and width way has been covered with electrical tape. 

After adding the electrical tape, your dance floor will look great and appear ready to use. The poster board on its own won't hold up to people walking on it, it would quickly show dirty footprints or rip. To protect your dance floor and give it a nice smooth shine, you want to apply clear contact paper on top. 

Starting in one corner of your dance floor, begin to unroll the contact paper backing. Press the contact paper directly onto the poster board and slowly unroll it while using your hands to smooth out any air bubbles. When you reach the opposite corner of the dance floor, use scissors to cut the contact paper from the roll. Repeat this process until your entire dance floor is covered. Overlap each new row of contact paper slightly, and slightly overlap the outer edges of your dance floor. Once you are finished you can tuck the slight overhang to the underside of the poster board. 

That's it, your dance floor is ready for dancing! Our glow party was a pool party, and this dance floor was still in perfect shape at the end of the night, even with a bunch of wet kids dancing all over it! 

Our dance floor helped light up the room and was perfect for photo booth pictures! 
DIY Glow Party Dance Floor in Glow Party Photobooth

Creating a neon dance floor for your kids' glow party is a fantastic way to add an extra layer of excitement and fun. With a little creativity and some basic materials, you can turn your party space into a mesmerizing dance floor that will leave a lasting impression on your young guests. So, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to glow!

Be sure to check out my Glow Party Comprehensive Guide to find lots of decor and recipe ideas that would be perfect for your next Glow Party!


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Miranda Weldon

Miranda Weldon is the owner and Chief Crafter at MagpieTayleetot. An accountant by trade, who left the world of finance in pursuit of more creative ventures. This mother of two and Class "Room Mom" to many, loves to DIY snacks, party supplies, and more! Miranda is a self-taught seamstress of 15 years who always prefers to make things herself.


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