Dollar Store Kids Activities | Starry Flashlight

While you’re picking up your Halloween flashlights at the dollar store this year, grab an extra one so that you can make this fast and fun project at home anytime you’re looking for great kids activities.  This project is an oldie but goodie from a few years back (when I had like nine readers?  maybe?  haha.) and with Halloween right around the corner, I’m dusting it off from the archives and sharing it with you guys again today because it’s festive without being too spooky for the little ones!
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I picked up a flashlight and batteries at the dollar store for a whopping $2.  If you have a flashlight you’re not using at home already, this isn’t a permanent modification, so you can use that, and just peel the vinyl back off when you’re done!  You just need a scrap of non-permanent craft vinyl (you can even use contact paper, in any color, as long as it’s not clear) and a way to punch or cut holes in it.  I used my Silhouette machine to size and cut it precisely, but you can easily cut a 2″ circle (the size of my dollar store flashlight) and use a star-shaped hole punch to make a starry night!

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Here’s what you will need:

Easy Dollar Store Kids Activites | Starry Flashlight at

It’s as simple as sticking the vinyl cutout onto the flashlight.  Switch it on, and let the magic begin!  Kids will love to make their own stars everywhere.  My daughter was a blur in all the photos I tried to take with her, haha.  That’s one way to know it’s a hit, and on a budget, too!

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Because inexpensive flashlights use reflected/refracted light (I could probably Google it and learn exactly how flashlights work, but I stick to the crafts and leave the science to someone else) your image WILL be a little bit blurry as the light bounces around behind the lens.  Like think about when you aim a cheap flashlight – you can see rings in the light it makes, and brighter light right in the center.  That will still happen, to a degree.  So it worked really well with random stars, but if you’re planning a more intricate pattern, then you’ll want to test it out on other, higher quality lighting implements.  Here’s what our star pattern looks like in the dark (this is a ceiling shot):

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I hope you enjoy this easy kids activity and even get creative with what else you can make!  Thanks for joining me today and I’ll catch you guys again soon!

Adrianne Surian


  1. Danni Baird says

    Well that's just awesome good fun! Kids do love flashlights and I put one in my grandchildren's stockings every year! Cute pics of Raya…she's growing up fast!

  2. Jill says

    Super fun idea! Reed loves playing with flashlights but I never thought of doing this! Can't wait to try it tonight!

  3. Tutus & Tea Parties says

    I love this! We are actually camping in the yard this weekend so I have to make this asap! I'd love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  4. Tami Von Zalez says

    So sweet ~

    Stopped in from Southern Lovely's Show and Tell.

  5. Maureen Hayes says

    Sorry but I had to pop by and leave a comment because I think Raya may just be the cutest little girl I have ever seen!!! I love these photos of her looking at the flashlight, and I think this was such a terrific idea you had. You are such a cool mommy and Raya is lucky to have you!

  6. Gail Purath says

    Great idea and something so simple. I definitely need to make some of these for my grandkids when they sleep over. they would think it's great fun as a “night light.”
    Bless you, Gail (

  7. Heidi Fowler says

    I think you are going to be my kids' new best friend! I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! Hope your weekend is fantastic.

  8. Jessi Wohlwend says

    I love this! I remember “camping” under tables with blankets over them as a kid and this would have been awesome to have :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  9. Jen says

    Saw this via My Turn for Us… but I also saw on silhouette blog! CONGRATS!
    New Follower!
    hugs, jen

  10. nicolette {momnivores dilemma} says

    Love this, Adrienne!

    I could seriously feature you every week.

    So I will again. Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice last week…


  11. Jen Temcio says

    I love her cute little pigtails! This is a really good idea – thanks for sharing! I dont have the nifty machine that you have, but I will improvise with contact paper and stamps as you suggested. This is so cheap but cool – I could use it as a prize in a birthday goodie bag. THX!

    jenny at dapperhouse

  12. Eva {Tales of the Scotts} says

    This is such a great idea. I know my son would love this for his room as he's going to bed at night. Gonna try and get something similar done tomorrow. Thanks for the idea!!

  13. Meredith says

    I love this idea! Next time I'm at the dollar store I'm definitely buying a couple of flashlights :o)

    Thanks for linking up @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week friend!

  14. Craftmom says

    Thanks for the great idea. I downloaded the design now off to the dollar store to get flashlights. I am having 3 of my grandkids spend the night. They will love this.

  15. missmacymay says

    I had no problem downloading your file to my cameo, awesome in every way that you shared your out of this world creation. I now have a great toy in my arsenal for kids.

  16. Michelle says

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! I will be featuring your project tonight on our blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. theresa candeloro says

    Oh I LUV this! Can't you just see this with animal sillouettes, and at least 2 kids? Imagine the fun!! ~lol~

    Teri C

  18. Erin says

    What a great idea! This would be so much fun around the campfire. My little guy loves flashlights, so what a great way to make them even more fun!

  19. Carmella says

    Okay…I was way out of the loop and I missed this….oh my goodness, my kids are going to think I am the coolest mom ever because of you! haha! I might just have to surprise them this weekend with one tucked under their pillows :) Thank you for helping me create some fun memories!

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  21. Julia Snyder says

    This a a great stocking stuffer idea! I put things like this is stocking I send to the Nieces and Nephews. This year I added a book Inspector Dewey by Kristen Heimerl, is her site. A really cute read about a clever cat. I don’t think you can go wrong with a clever cat!

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