Adding glow-in-the-dark stars to the ceiling above your bed feels like something of a childhood rite of passage. Faye has been begging to take the leap for weeks, but I felt reluctant to buy a new package of plastic stars or stickers and I didn’t want to add anything to the still-to-be-painted ceiling that would be too tricky to remove. Instead, we decided to use wooden craft stars, glow-in-the-dark paint, and a package of sticky tack to make our own.
I like that the glow-in-the-dark paint dries relatively clear so that the stars look sweet and neat and add their own subtle magic to the room by day. It can also be layered over another color of your choice, should that be what you prefer. Faye nixed my original idea of raiding our recycling bin and snipping our own stars from cardboard, but you would be quite right to forgo buying the pre-cut stars altogether and to cut stars from the inside of a cereal box or an abandoned child’s watercolor painting instead.
Like the best projects, these were easy to make with kids and pleasing to look at for everyone. And while I’ve gotten myself into a bit of a nightly hassle of making sure the bedroom light has been on long enough to properly “charge” them before bed, the stakes are still relatively low and the joy is still relatively high and that’s really all I can ask for in a child’s craft project or ever. We covered the ceiling above Faye’s bed and the slats underneath the bunk so that both big kids have a starry sky to sleep under.
This is probably not a project that merits a full tutorial, but as far as finding a solution that pleases both parents and children, this felt like a win. And, if I do say so myself, a little pouch of painted stars would be a perfect offering for an Easter basket.
+ Wooden craft stars (Or cardboard and scissors if you decide to cut out your own stars.)
+ Sticky Tack/Removable Mounting Putty
+ Squeeze a small amount of glow-in-the-dark paint onto a palate or small washable surface.
+ Use a paint brush to coat one side of wooden craft stars completely. (The paint dries relatively clear so if you’d like to keep track of which side is which, make a small tick mark on the unpainted side of star with a pencil so you know which side goes ceiling-up.)
+ Allow the paint to dry and paint a second coat.
+ Affix the dried stars to the ceiling or walls or underside of bunks with small rounds of removable mounting putty.
That’s it. It’s not rocket science, but it is fun.
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