How to make a star ceiling

Written by t.j. black
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Many kids and adults enjoy the twinkling night sky, making a star ceiling a popular option for interior design. There are many different ways to create an indoor planetarium, which means you can find one to fit your personal taste and your talent as a do-it-yourself designer. From glow-in-the-dark stars to LED lights to metallic paint, you can use the medium that best matches your ability and your goal.

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Things you need

  • Glow-in-the-dark stars
  • Removable adhesive
  • Constellation map
  • Clear paint
  • Glow powder
  • Metallic paint
  • Round paint brushes
  • LED fibre optic lights
  • Drill
  • 1-mm drill bit
  • Power source
  • Plywood panel
  • Paint
  • Nails or screws
  • Star cloth
  • Staple gun and staples

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    Work with glow-in-the-dark stars to create your ceiling. Use a removable adhesive to hold stars in place on the ceiling. For a realistic look, consult a constellation map and consider placing stars in the correct formation to create your favourite section of the night sky. Use one constellation like the big dipper or Orion as the focal point of the ceiling and scattered the remaining stars around it.

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    Paint a star ceiling. Mixing clear paint with glow powder creates paint with a glow-in-the-dark effect, which you can use to outline your stars. Metallic paint works well as a base. You can paint five pointed stars and place them according to a star chart, or you can use a variety of round paint brushes to scattered dots across the ceiling. If you use dots, place a glow-in-the-dark dot so it overlaps the metallic dot.

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    Install LED lights to make a star ceiling. Suppliers sell kits that come with 150 LED fibre optic lights and the tools needed for installation. If you own the home and can access the ceiling from above, you can make the holes for the lights using a 1-mm drill bit. Insert the lights through the holes and spread the wiring out so it's flat. Connect the kit to your power source.

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    Make a panel to use as the base for your star ceiling. When you can't access your ceiling or you're renting, make a plywood panel to hang from the ceiling. The panel will require less drilling into the ceiling and will hide the wiring from view. Paint the panel the same colour as the rest of the ceiling to create a seamless look. Use a drill and 1-mm drill bit to drill the holes in the plywood and then insert the lights into the holes. You can attach the panel to the ceiling using screws or nails.

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    Hang a star cloth from your ceiling. A star cloth is a section of black fabric with fibre optic lighting installed across its surface. The lights don't heat during use like other lighting sources, making it a safe option to use. You can secure the star cloth to your ceiling using a staple gun and staples or nails. To cover a larger area, you may need to purchase more than one star cloth.

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