How to build a constellation light for a little astronomy in the bedroom #Do It Yourself#bedrooms#crafts#lighting#living room#stars January 5 2012 | 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. Related Post 5 lamps you can handmake to add sculptural surrealism at home Cheap good lamps are hard to find, am I right? I've been on the search for them in big box stores, clearance aisles, antique shops,... Read 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 Guest post written by 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 Want your teen to rock life? Don't be afraid to let her talk back NEXT Brigsby's theme-free bad-ass birthday bonanza Show/Hide comments [ 25 ] Fwaahh this is gorgeous! There are so many things to do with this idea, too .. Reply I love this! 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!!! Reply Thank you! 🙂 Reply This is really cool! Thanks for the tutorial. <3 Reply It is like a grown up lite-brite! Reply Holy crap. I need to make this this weekend!!!! Reply Thanks so much Cat for featuring this! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask! Reply Hi great tutorial but how much foam board and led lights do I need? What did you do with the ones that you don't put through the wholes? And what did you do with the back to hang it. I could figure it out myself but I really love your dimensions and would like to make this as a gift. Thank you for your answer and super great job 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.) Reply They don't actually. The LED bulb is very small on the strands we purchased. Reply This is so amazing. I think we need one. Or two. ^^ 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. 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! Reply Hi Carrie, We hot glued the sides and edges together. The foam board is light enough to support itself at that stage. Reply Thank you! Reply This is so awesome! Thanks for the tutorial! 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! Reply My son's middle name is Orion, and I'm also definitely going to make him one of these! Yay constellation names! 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 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! Reply Ugh. This is just so crazypants amazing. I will be making this no doubt very soon. Reply Hi This is very beautiful and creative – can I just ask though – is it totally safe? Isn't foam board highly imflammable? Reply I'm sure it would be safe as long as you check that the material you use is flame retardant. Reply Hello, I am going to make this for my boyfriend for our anniversary and I just have some questions. How many inches did you cut off from the sides before you hot glued them back on? Or did you use a separate board and cut that (but again, how many inches did you cut off)? If you could just explain how you put the foam board together that would be helpful. Did you pull the bulbs out of the ones you didn't use or just leave them there? Thank you! 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