How to Paint Glow in the Dark Stars on a Ceiling

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Painting glow-in-the-dark stars on your child's bedroom ceiling is a wonderful way to carry a celestial theme up and over your head. No matter whether your child is into outer space, loves the outdoors or just has a dreamy imagination, this paint application will shine its relaxing glow through the night. Painting glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling is an easy project that you can do in a few hours and have it ready for your child to stargaze by bedtime.

Things You'll Need

  • Stencil spray adhesive
  • Star stencils, assorted sizes
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Small dish
  • Stencil brush
  • Paper towel
  • Spray the backs of assorted sized star stencils with stencil adhesive spray. This is a temporary adhesive that will hold the stencil in place while stenciling, and allow it to be removed and repositioned elsewhere. Position the stencils on the ceiling in a scattered arrangement.

  • Pour a small dollop of glow-in-the-dark paint, in the color of your choice, into a small dish. Dip the end of a stencil brush into the paint. Roughly rub the brush bristles into a wadded-up paper towel to remove most of the paint. This allows you to use a dry brush paint application.

  • Dab the brush over each star stencil. Remove the star stencils and rearrange them on the ceiling. Paint and rearrange until the ceiling is covered with stars.

  • Allow the painted stars to absorb the light during the day and they will glow in the dark when the lights are off.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that glow-in-the-dark paint colors will be a different color during the day than they will be at night. Choose paint colors accordingly.
  • Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
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