How to build a constellation light for a little astronomy in the bedroom #Do It Yourself#bedrooms#crafts#lighting#living room#stars January 5 | Guest post by Evita Evita's been sharing her tutorials on Offbeat Home all year — remember the starry window pelmet? Or her sewing machine-cum-computer-desk? She RETURNS! And you'll be thrilled. Materials you need Black foam board Battery powered LED lights Box cutter/X-Acto knife Hot glue gun Awl/screwdriver Silver Sharpie 1. Find the constellation/art you want to use. We found our Leo on Google. Size it up to your desire. If it's larger than what your printer will print, you'll need to use a tiling program to print. If you have access to Adobe Acrobat, you're good to go (that's what we used). There are free tiler programs online like Tiler and PosteRazor. 2. Save it to PDF format and print. 3. Lay out your printed design and tape them together. Place the 'map' on the piece of foam board that will be the front of the light box. Make your own nautical lamp using hemp rope Megan's mama, Lala, invented the lala lamp -- this pretty, simple, nautical lamp made with a few ingredients. It's got a wide berth for customization,... [more] Using a small awl or other piercing object, make a small hole in the center of each star. Lift the 'map' and put it to the side. We used a silver Sharpie to lightly highlight the starter hole. 4. Finish piercing the holes. Start small. Using your map, adjust the size of the holes to mimic large and small stars. Some of the larger holes may require a larger piercer, such as a screwdriver (or larger awl). Add silver lines in the front, connecting the stars. 5. Build your box. For the switch, we put it on the lower left side corner and cut a section out of the foam board. 5. Lay out your lights. Depending on your artwork, it may take two strands. 7. Make a circle with the hot glue around each hole and push the light down. Hold and let set. 8. Hang your new art and enjoy! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Evita Evita is a crafter, blogger, caregiver, costumer, and cat herder living in Charleston, South Carolina. She also jumps at the opportunity to help her husband when he's building Tesla coils and other projects. In a previous incarnation she was a graphic designer, a massage therapist and sometimes yoga instructor. http://thehappyheathen.com/ PREVIOUS 6 erotic NSFW artworks that might make you rethink your "no boobs in the foyer" rule NEXT There’s no shame in not doing it all yourself: people exist who can do your projects FOR you! Toggle comments [ 19 ] Fwaahh this is gorgeous! There are so many things to do with this idea, too .. 2 agree Reply I love this! 1 agrees Reply So cool and simple!!! I want to do this NAO. Make me a Lepus constellation for our Bunny-Hutch. PS: Evita's jewelry table is DROOL-WORTHY THAR!!! 0 agree Reply Thank you! 1 agrees Reply This is really cool! Thanks for the tutorial. <3 1 agrees Reply It is like a grown up lite-brite! 3 agree Reply Holy crap. I need to make this this weekend!!!! 0 agree Reply Thanks so much Cat for featuring this! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask! 0 agree Reply Do the lights end up poking all the way through the foam board then? Very cute. I'm running to Target now to see if they have any battery operated Christmas lights still on sale! (this would be great to feature on the day after Christmas.) 0 agree Reply They don't actually. The LED bulb is very small on the strands we purchased. 0 agree Reply This is so amazing. I think we need one. Or two. ^^ 0 agree Reply Cygnus has been my favorite constellation for awhile now. I'm showing these plans to hubby, I have hope he'll respond positively to our making this. 0 agree Reply I love this! I really want to make this for my nephew (he has a space themed room) but I am confused on how you built the sides. Can you break down the "Build your box" step for me? Thanks! 0 agree Reply Hi Carrie, We hot glued the sides and edges together. The foam board is light enough to support itself at that stage. 0 agree Reply Thank you! 0 agree Reply This is so awesome! Thanks for the tutorial! 0 agree Reply My six year old son's name happens to be the name of a constellation, so I am DEFINITELY making one of these for his bedroom, he'll freaking love it! 1 agrees Reply Beautiful! I was going to do this with a dandelion pattern and I never thought of step #5 to easily turn on and off the box. Thanks for this great tutorial 0 agree Reply Thanks very much for this idea and tutorial – we've been looking at it for a year or so and finally made our Stegoplodocus Rex light last night and we LOVE it thanks! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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