If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already had the chance to see my constellation wall piece. I am so excited to share this project because it turned out so well, and it was surprisingly easy! This was one I mostly came up with on my own, but I saw a few pieces on Pinterest that you can find saved on my nursery inspiration board. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?
- Wood dowels
- Wood coins
- Wood glue
- A dremmel – or something to cut the dowels to size
- Faerie lights
- Paint, stain, something to finish the piece if you desire.
The first thing I did was a quick google search for an image of Orion Constellation; however, this project can be done with just about any constellation your heart desires.
This is the image I chose, it’s crisp, clear, and most importantly black lines on a white background, so, easy to print. I made sure to set the image size to fill an entire sheet of printer paper, and printed it out.
After printing the image out I measured each of the lines. Then I multiplied that measurement by three to figure out what how long each dowel needed to be.
Cutting the Dowels
Once I had my measurements ready to go, I marked lines on each of the dowels where they needed to be cut. Using the dremmel with an attachment that cuts wood (I’m no handy man so I’m not sure on proper names), I got to slicing away! It only took me about 5 minutes total to get all the pieces cut.
Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of the progress, I was a little excited about the project and completely forgot!
Assembling the Constellation
Now we have the dowels ready to go, we can move on to the fun part, assembly! For this part I just looked at the picture, making sure to use the correct size dowel in each spot, and used my best judgement as to arrangement.
After getting it all set up, I had a skeleton of dowels ready to be glued together. I began placing the coins over each area the dowels needed to connected (coins representing the star) making sure that the brighter stars were larger coins. To determine which stars in a constellation are the brightest, I looked at multiple images, and even the sky! Once you’re happy with how your Constellation is assembled, you can start gluing.
I glued mine together by starting with putting drops of wood glue on the ends of the dowels and placing the coins on top of the glue. After about 20-30 minutes the Constellation will be just secure enough for you to flip over. On the backside of the Constellation you will want to apply a generous amount of wood glue over the joints of the Constellation, where the dowels meet behind the coins. Let that dry for another 20 or so minutes, paying attention to see if the piece is lifting in any specific area. For me it was right at Orion’s Belt, so I placed a book over that spot, and left it over night to finish drying. In the morning I had a completely sturdy piece ready to be finished!
Finishing the Constellation
After letting the piece dry over night, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish it, so it sat unfinished for a few days. I began to grow impatient with myself, so I ended up using some metallic black spray paint I had leftover from – you know, I have no idea why I had black metallic spray paint. Anyway, I initially planned to spray paint the whole thing black, then go over the coins with a metallic white. While I was painting the piece I noticed for some reason the coins were appearing silver, and I loved it. So, I let it dry, sealed it, then wrapped fairy lights around it, and I am OBSESSED with the result!
I really don’t think I could be happier with how this project turned out! If you decide to make your own Constellation let me know! I would love to see anyone else’s projects! That’s all for today! Until next time! xx