When your son dreams of galaxies, rocket ships and stars, give him a dream come true by creating an outer space-themed bedroom. From hanging astronauts to paper-mache planets, your imagination and a quick trip to your local craft store is all you will need to create an out-of-this-world room for your son.
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When creating an outer space-themed bedroom, paint several items in the room with white or glow-in-the-dark paint so it will glow when the lights are turned off. If you use white paint, you will have to use black lights to make the items glow. To make the items glow without black lights, purchase glow-in-the-dark paint at your local hardware store. Paint all door frames, wood trim, dressers, nightstands and parts of the headboard so they will glow. Paint a border with glow-in-the-dark paint around the middle or top of the room, and put planet stickers on top of the paint.
Paper Mache Planets
Make paper mache planets to hang from the ceiling in the outer space room. You will need balloons, flour, water, old newspapers, acrylic paint and wintergreen oil (optional). Mix 3 parts water with 1 part flour until the mixture is creamy. Add a couple of drops of wintergreen oil, which is available at health food stores, to the mixture to make it last longer. Cut strips of newspaper, and layer the newspaper on top of the balloons using the mixture until they are the size you prefer. Allow the paper mache to dry, and paint the planets with acrylic paint. Hang the planets from the ceiling in the room. If you want them to glow, add some of the glow-in-the-dark paint to them.
Create a spaceship out of a piece of round cardboard (the kind used to pour concrete columns). Paint the cardboard white and paint "USA" down the side of it. Use a piece of metal tin to roll in the shape of a cone for the top piece. Put the spaceship in the corner of the room for decoration. For an additional touch, attach pieces of circle cardboard at the bottom of the spaceship and paint them red.
Additional accessories to add to your outer space room include plush or toy astronauts hanging from the ceiling, glow-in-the-dark plastic stars on the ceiling, outer space bedding and a space ship bunk bed, which is available online and at furniture stores. Paint a wastebasket black, and paint stars, planets and moons in glow-in-the-dark paint.
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