Nightmare Before Christmas Glow in the Dark Coasters DIY

Do you love the Nightmare Before Christmas characters? They are so fun and so creepy! Learn how to make Nightmare Before Christmas coasters for your holiday decor!

And they glow in the dark!

I love the imagery of The Nightmare Before Christmas characters and the movie.

I love everything about it!

But…I have to make a confession…

I have never seen it!

Every time the movie comes up in discussion…

I’ll have a serious look on my face, enthusiastically nod my head, agree with everything…

…then…when I realize I can’t bluff anymore, I drop my…

“I’ve never seen it.”

Usually, there’s a collective gasp, jaws drop, eyes pop wide open…

…and there is a moment of stunned silence when everyone looks at me like I’m from another planet. because nobody knows what to say…

…only for a moment…

Then, the words start flowing…

  • How have you NEVER?!?!
  • It’s the BEST EVER!
  • You MUST watch it!

I nod, “I know, I know… This is the year I’m going to watch it!”

It just hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hopeful that this is the year!

When I was preparing to make this coaster, I asked my sister, “Is the Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie?”

She froze…a beat of silence…eyes narrowed a little…total judgment in her tone of voice…

“You still haven’t seen the movie?”


But I swear I want to and I WILL!

Maybe this year.

In the meantime, I can make a couple of awesome coasters!

Here is The Nightmare Before Christmas Video Tutorial

Here is an easy video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them!

The Nightmare Before Christmas youtube thumbnail

Supplies You Will Need

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  • Resin
  • When deciding on which resin to use for your coasters, you need to keep in mind whether you want it just for cold cups or for hot ones as well.
  • If only for cold drinks, you can be flexible and use whatever brand you like:
  • If you want it to work for both hot and cold drinks, you need to look for a heat-resistant resin, like these:
    • FX Poxy ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500° F.
    • Stone Coat

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Directions for Nightmare Before Christmas Coasters

1. Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions, and add some black pigment until the color is solid.

Two ounces of resin mixed with black pigment

2. Pour it into the mold and take a lighter to pop the bubbles. Let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours.

Pour black resin into coaster molds

3. Print your Nightmare Before Christmas images on transparency film. Cut out the images.  I use the circle cutter and have it set at just under four inches.

Using a circle cutter cut out images

TIP: I use a laser printer, but others have told me that the inkjet works just as well ~ just make sure the transparency film you use is made for your type of printer.

4. Paint the glow-in-the-dark paint on the shiny side of the film.  Allow the paint to dry.  Realize this might take several coats.

Paint glow in the dark paint on the back of the Nightmare Before Christmas images

5. Mix two more ounces of resin and pour them into the mold. Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.

Pour resin over the top of the black coasters

6. Slide your images into the resin and press down with your stir stick. Use your lighter to pop the bubbles

Slide the Nighthmare Before Christmas transparency image into the resin for the coaster

They need to cure a minimum of 12 hours before removing them from the mold.

That’s it! Let them gather some light and they will glow in the dark!

Nightmare Before Christmas resin coasters removed from mold
Nightmare Before Christmas coasters regular and glow in the dark

If You Like The Nightmare Before Christmas Coasters…

If you like the Nightmare Before Christmas coasters and want even more spooky inspiration, check out these projects!

Nightmare Before Christmas Decor You Can Buy!

What?!?! Who knew there were all of these awesome things available?

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!


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