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My son gets really excited about seeing the stars at night. But since we're in a relatively urban area with lots of light pollution we don't get to see to many of them at night. About 2 or 3 from his room, that is. So I decided that what he could use is a starry mobile that glows in the dark to hang in his room. So even on overcast nights there will still be a few stars to look at.


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Step 1: Supplies

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There's an short way and a long way to do this. Here are the materials for each

Short way
 - Card stock
 - Krylon® Glowz®

Long way
 - Krylon® Dual™ Paint + Primer
 - Krylon® Glowz®
 - Krylon® Glitter Blast™
 - Krylon® Crystal Clear Gloss

I went the long way, but it's pretty easy to see how it can be shortened

Step 2: Cut out the stars

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Normally, I would cut stars out of card stock and use a hole puncher to put the thread through. But since I have access to a laser cutter, I cut lots of stars of different sizes out of hardboard. To be honest, the end result isn't all that different, I just wanted an excuse to use the laser cutter. Plain old scissors and paper would work beautifully as well.

Step 3: Paint, paint, and paint again

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Step 4: Hang it all

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Cut lengths of thread for all of the stars, tying one end to the star and the other to what you want to hang the mobile from. I'm using a crochet hoop. It's nice and round and was only a dollar.

To get the stars arranged how I wanted them, I put the hoop on the floor and put the stars as far away from the hoop as I wanted to hang them.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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When you're happy with that, just tie some string to the hoop to hang the whole thing from and attach it to your ceiling. Let the good times glow.
Marilyn692 years ago
I have always love d stars and to try capture their beauty in my home and in the rooms of my Grandchildren. Is there a different color other than green, I was thinking blue ?
fungus amungus (author)  Marilyn692 years ago
The greenish yellow color is the color of the glow-in-the-dark paint. Can't really get away from that.
Thank-You , Then Green it shall be !!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
There needs to be more stars in every home, nice work!
I agree totally . Love Stars!!
Neon Panda2 years ago
I have been looking around for a DIY mobile project for a while, this is perfect! I only bought some glow in the dark stars today, can't wait to try this out. Thanks. x
Lindie2 years ago
Nice!
jedavais2 years ago
nice work out. Particularly suitable for a child's room