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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.

I used
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
 
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Step 1: Hang some fabric

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
paulaenf101 year ago
maravilhoso!!!
Cool! I don't need to be a kid to want this in my room!
tinker2344 years ago
wow uss.entrpise anyone
canida4 years ago
This looks awesome, and it sounds so easy! What a great idea.
pink.bat (author)  canida4 years ago
Thanks ! I am glad you like it.
kelseymh4 years ago
This is really cool! A couple of things that would help someone else reproduce it... Could you put a list of the stuff you need between the Intro and Step 1? For the glow-in-the-dark paint and the roll of cardboard, could you suggest a supplier, or brand name, or whatever? Where did you get yours?
pink.bat (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
The glow paint is by Glow Inc. They make all kinds of glow paints and other glow products. Well worth the $ in my opinion.They really do make a superior product. Last year I made HP magic wands for every kid in my son's school and I dipped the tips in this stuff and wow , was it cool....The cardboard was in the stuff pile in the studio ... I have seen it in teacher supply shops....