I wanted to make a set of 'windows' that look out into space for my son's room. They turned out looking well in the daytime and also at night, as all the stars glow in the dark. I used some ultra glow- in-the-dark that I buy online. The stuff really glows. Regular glow in the dark paint will work ,too, just not as long. The effect is great for looking out of your spaceship.
black flannel fabric
White craft paint
Roll of cardboard
Glow inc. ultra green water- based glow paint
Sizes to be determined by the size of the window/s you wish to make
Step 1: Hang Some Fabric
I did not want to paint a big black stripe on the wall. Hard to paint over and does not give that rich darkness you need for the feeling of empty space. Black velvet would have been great, but black flannel works well and has that light trapping texture. It is also better for the budget. I happened on a piece that was pre cut to the length I needed . I used a staple gun and stretched the wrinkles out as I went.
Step 2: Making Window Frames
I cut 10 strips of cardboard off this roll. They curled into a nice 3-D form that added realism to the windows. A coat of silver paint would have been great, but the self color went with the paint in the room for a nice transition from starfield to wall. Split pool noodles would also work and come in great colors. And as a bonus , they are soft.
Step 3: Notch Frame
I cut a curved notch on each end for the vertical part of the frame and then hot glued the frames together. The two center uprights had notches cut on both sides of each end. Do not glue the frames to the wall yet.
Step 4: Paint Stars
Now that you have an idea where the window frames will be, you can paint your outer space scene. Use white paint and vary the size of the dots. I found that by spacing each star a foot or so apart and then going back and clustering a few here and there I was able to have a more random look. I added a galaxy and a planet and a comet. When the white paint was dry, I went over each spot with a dab of glow-in-the-dark.
Step 5: Window Frame
The frame was attached with hot glue. It really finishes off the edge. By painting the stars first , you get the impression that the stars are out behind the frames.
Step 6: Paper Rocket
We added a drawing of a paper rocket to add to our space adventures. I mounted the drawing on cardstock and put some hooks of some hook and loop tape on the back. The flannel has enough "tooth" for the rocket to stick.