DIY Constellation Light Box

DIY Constellation Lightbox

Recycle a cereal box into a light box with your favorite zodiacal constellation!

Our family loves stargazing in the summer and my son’s birthday is also in July, so I came up with the idea of making him this easy light box with the constellation from his zodiac sign (Cancer). Now even when it’s a cloudy night or the wrong season to see the crab, he can watch his stars after it’s dark in his room. Got an empty cereal box, a string of Christmas lights, and blue paint? That’s all the material you need for this craft.

DIY Constellation Lightbox

What You Need

  • Empty cereal box
  • LED string lights (10 lights)
  • Picture from your chosen constellation
  • Reamer/punch
  • Acrylic paint: light blue, dark blue, and dark green
  • Brush
  • Palette (I use a bottle cap)
  • White felt-tip pen
  • Painter tape
  • Glue
  • Wall sticker (optional)
DIY Constellation Light Box

Step 1
Open up the cereal box carefully. Mix the color as you like and paint the inside all over. I used mostly turquoise with some dark blue and green. Don’t use water, just the paint. Let it dry.

Tip: Sunlight or hairdryer will speed up the drying process.

DIY Constellation Lightbox

Step 2
Mark and draw the constellation on the cereal box. Also add the stars nearby.

DIY Constellation Lightbox

Step 3
Punch holes in every marked star.

DIY Constellation Lightbox

Step 4
Fit in the LED from the backside in only the main constellation. Tape the electric cord.

DIY Constellation Lightbox DIY Constellation Lightbox

Step 5
Close the cereal box with the string lights inside and glue the two sides. Let it dry.

DIY Constellation Lightbox

Step 6
Put in on a shelf or hang it on the wall, as you like. It’s time to turn down the lights and watch the stars!

Happy crafting!