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I have seen a lot of 2D galaxy art on the internet, such as galaxy shoes, t-shirts, wallpaper, etc but I haven't seen any 3d renderings. In this Instructable I have attempted to make a 3D galaxy in the form of a hanging mobile. Since I haven't figured out how to create a black hole (yet), I resorted to using Christmas lights, fibre optic filaments and some polyester batting. The mobile has one large galaxy, which sort of looks like the Milky Way and four smaller more distant galaxies.

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Step 1: What you will need

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  • Polyester batting (or wadding if you are from the UK), cotton balls or wool roving

-I chose to use the batting because it was a bright white colour, as opposed to a more yellow white of the roving or cotton balls

  • CD -actually it is a clear plastic disc protector that you get when you buy a multipack of DVD or CD disks, it is usually at the top of the stack of discs
  • Organza fabric (you can sometimes find rolls of this at a dollar store, if not go to a fabric store)
  • Drinking straw
  • Twist tie
  • Glue -I used a spray glue, super glue and a glue gun
  • Coloured glitter glue sticks for the glue gun
  • Key ring, and duct tape
  • (Optional) hair dryer/ hot air gun and small circular metal tin

Step 2: Prepare background

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To begin, I cut several, (6 actually) pieces of organza roughly the same size as the CD. I used the CD as a template to cut the fabric. Once cut I glued 3 pieces of fabric to either side of the CD using a spray glue (the circles are applied unevenly to give it a more airy cloud like appearance). I then cut a hole through the fabric at the centre.

michnzee4 months ago

Absolutly perfect idea! many thanks

bagnitsch7 months ago

This is an awesome idea. So cool! <3

ChrysN (author)  bagnitsch7 months ago


MicioGatta8 months ago

This is awsome and genial.... I love it!

ChrysN (author)  MicioGatta8 months ago

Thank you!

mchau210 months ago

super nice how it turns out

ChrysN (author)  mchau210 months ago


Really impressive in the Dark, awesome project, Thanks for sharing!

ChrysN (author)  TrollFaceTheMan10 months ago

Thanks you!

No Problems XD

Congratulations !!!! on your winning :)

ChrysN (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya10 months ago


mikeasaurus10 months ago

That intro picture is so good; I could get lost staring into this.

I bet you could find an inexpensive blinking light array to swap out for the the static light.

ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus10 months ago

Thanks, a blinking light array would be really cool.

So.. Beautiful, Loved it. I wish you would have added this ible few days back and added to my contest.

Thanks for sharing :)

ChrysN (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya10 months ago

Thanks! I was hoping I could get it done in time to enter it into your contest but sadly I didn't quite manage.

sunshiine ChrysN10 months ago

Hey ChrysN, I just noticed this one. Awesome! I hit the button and am sure it will be a finalist. It looks so realistic. You are so talented using lighting materials. Don't feel too bad I am working on a light ible trying to perfect it and was hoping to enter Taruns contest and missed it by a long shot LOL. He has inspired me many times to build one. I wish you the best in the contest.


I totally understand :)

joeljones0410 months ago

This is pretty cool! So beautiful.

ChrysN (author)  joeljones0410 months ago


patsheldon10 months ago

I just love this idea! How cool!!

ChrysN (author)  patsheldon10 months ago


This is perfect! I need to make one for my office!

depotdevoid10 months ago

This is spectacularly beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Snibril10 months ago

For a backing light, you could try attaching a small box (or half-ball) around the battery pack with small holes drilled in it. Then the light from the leds would shine through and make a starfield effect. Might not be ideal, but it could be worth a try.

ttowngirl10 months ago
I love the galaxy part. It's so cool in so many ways.
I wonder if you use nylon sewing thread in clear for tacking the batting to the organza it may help. The little galaxies on the sides detract a bit. I wonder what could improve on that? I think the light is too something as is the wire. Maybe using stray UN-distressed filament instead of the thicker light? Fine instructable **** stars! Weird about the blue cool aid...
nodcah10 months ago

This looks super realistic! Nice job! =D

lindarose9210 months ago

Wow, this is amazing! And there are so many interesting things to learn from it too :)

looks awesome!
cutiecake10 months ago
I luv it

This is amazing! I totally want one of these in my room!

akcrazy10 months ago
That's cool and I like it