How to Make Homemade Glow-in-the-Dark Stars


To get the most bang for your buck with homemade glow-in-the-dark stars, painting starscapes on bedroom ceilings or walls are popular. You don't have to be a professional artist to accomplish such a feat. Practice painting the stars on paper with the glow-in-the-dark paint before painting with it on the wall or ceiling. Using at least two colors will enhance your star scene. If you want to include planets, starships or comets, you can add glow-in-the-dark paint in yellow, red or orange as well as green and blue.

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspaper or sheets
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint (colors of your choice)
  • Synthetic paint brushes of various sizes
  • Spray sealer
  • Step ladder
  • Cover the carpeting and furniture in the workspace with old newspaper or sheets to protect them from the paint.

  • Paint one star at a time by bending back a paintbrush's bristles away from the star's "center at 90 degree angles," suggests the manufacturers at Glow, Inc. They also suggest when painting the star that "the bristles should form a flat surface that is perpendicular to the brush."

  • Dip the brush into the paint. Press the paintbrush into the center of the star area. The bristles will spread and form a realistic star surface pattern. Each star will be unique with this method. Each brush size will create the various sizes.

  • Spray the sealer over the paint to protect the color after you have painted the entire starscape. This will help the glow-in-the-dark paint last longer.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want the stars to be painted in their exact locations, you can use a planetarium projector to paint the stars over the projected areas.

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