For many children (and adults too, hey), the mysteries of space hold major appeal. After all, is there anything more uncertain, more darkly beautiful, or more awe-inspiring than the depths of the universe? From stars and moons to planets, galaxies and even black holes, space is powerful and spellbinding enough for all ages. Luckily for space-obsessed kids and kids at heart, there’s no shortage of creative and unique crafts you can make as a family to bring a bit of the galaxy into your home. From constellations to planets, the dark, endless universe has been a guiding force for us little humans since the beginning of time, so let it guide your little stargazer to spend time dreaming (and tinkering). Sky is the limit.
These crafts offer the perfect combination of fun, art and science – plus they’re a great opportunity to impart knowledge without ringing bells. also much like your child’s least favorite science teacher. So channel your inner Neil Degrasse Tyson, bust out the glitter and soar to infinity and beyond with these beautiful spacecraft.
As usual, the sister team behind A Beautiful Mess hit the nail on the head with this beautiful and surprisingly easy DIY moon phases wall decor. Add some mystique to your walls with this DIY, which only requires baked clay, metallic paint, a circular cookie cutter, and some string.
If your kids are older, this DIY constellation table runner from Design Sponge is the perfect accent for a desk or bedside table – and it’s so simple you don’t need any sewing skills to make it. To do. It looks like our kind of sewing project. Add beads or sequins if your teen wants to show it off a bit more, and they can also personalize it by adding specific constellations that are meaningful to them.
Ok, I don’t know if a manicure counts as a craft, but this galaxy nail DIY is beyond pretty, and unlike most nail painting attempts (at least for me) , it’s so simple, you can do it yourself and end up with ten amazing galaxies on your fingernails – instead of just five on your left hand. Head over to A Beautiful Mess for the full tutorial.
These color-blocking galactic coasters from A Kailo Chic Life combine fashion and function in the wildest way, with three simple materials: marble tiles, painter’s tape and alcohol inks. A few swirls and splashes later, and you’re done! An interstellar masterpiece.
Was anyone else obsessed with hanging lights in their bedroom as a kid? This DIY moon phase from the wonderful minds behind The House That Lars Built is the stuff dreams are made of, and it doubles as the most badass nightlight ever. Some fairy lights and gold leaf paint combine to make this DIY one that Neil Armstrong would be proud of.
This wearable wonder from Be Makeful turns a boring updo into a statement. The Marbled Moon Phases Hair Accessory is quick and easy – and hey, while you’re making moons, go crazy and also try stars or planets. Add glitter or stick with white and gray; the world (er, the universe) is your oyster.
As if your child needs another excuse to make funny faces in the mirror, these color blocked galactic swirl mirrors just gave your walls a major upgrade. Be warned though: the tutorial in A Kailo Chic Life is so simple that you might find other things in your home suddenly getting a galaxy-inspired makeover. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
A version of this story was originally published in July 2019.
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