How to build a constellation light for a little astronomy in the bedroom

Guestpost by Evita on Jan 5th

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

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.

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!

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About 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.