Make a Starry Night!

Last night, Raya and I had fun making our own starry night.  It was fast, fun, and really inexpensive!

She was fascinated by the little stars… though, to be fair, she might be equally enthralled by a regular flashlight.  Eh, it’s cheap entertainment, anyway. :)

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, too!  You just need a scrap of vinyl (you can even use contact paper, as long as it’s not clear) and a way to punch or cut holes in it.

I used my Silhouette machine to make up a starry design.  I’ve been dying to use my new birthday toy for some projects, and it’s a huge time-saver for detail work like this – but if you don’t have a machine, you can still achieve a similar look with a star-shaped paper punch instead – I’ve seen small ones in Hobby Lobby’s scrapbook department.  (Now, if you do have a Silhouette machine – and if I did this sharing thing right – you’re welcome to use my design.  You can download it here. It’s a 2″ circle with wonky stars, the same size as my flashlight.)

Once the design was made – all you have to do is stick it on.  Nearly all vinyl is easily removable, so you can try lots of designs, or you can just enjoy some one-night entertainment.  Since it was just $2 (counting batteries), I think we will just leave ours this way.  At that price, I’m also not too worried about it getting a little beat up.

Piece of cake – now we could get to playing!  (Also, toddlers playing with things that move? Almost impossible to photograph, LOL!)

It looked especially great in the dark!  We shined our homemade starlight on the ceiling, and it was so awesome to hear my kiddo exclaim, “WOW!” :)

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Comments

  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. Milynn {Love + Whimsy} says:

    What a great idea! Kids would go crazy for that!

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

  4. What a cool idea. Kids would LOVE it!!!

  5. Sarah says:

    This is so cute my kids would love this! I would love for you to share this at my link party http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/08/share-it-link-party-25.html

  6. happy-little-feet says:

    Great idea. What a lot of fun
    Happy Little Feet

  7. Very fun project! My son would love it :)

  8. Kadie says:

    What a fun idea!! I know a few kiddos that would love it!

  9. 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!

  10. Tami Von Zalez says:

    So sweet ~

    Stopped in from Southern Lovely's Show and Tell.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

  11. Nicole {WonkyWonderful} says:

    This is such a cute idea – I would've loved this when I was a kiddo!

  12. Tami Marie says:

    Love this idea! I need to share it with my kids…I'm sure they would love it.

    Thanks

  13. Full Circle Creations says:

    So fun! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

  14. 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!

  15. AD+SH DIY Fashion Blog says:

    Aww what a cute idea!

  16. 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 (BibleLoveNotes.com)

  17. Julie E says:

    My oldest is pointing at the screen freaking out right now. I think that's a “mom you should make this asap.” I'd love to have your share at my link party. :) http://www.whitelightsonwednesday.com/2012/08/wednesday-whatsits-23.html

  18. Marilyn Clark says:

    What a fun idea! :D

  19. Jess from Coxs Corner says:

    I am so trying this!

  20. Kristin says:

    How neat! Definitely need to try this with my little one! She'd be in awe =)

  21. 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.

  22. Thanks for linking up! Pinning!! =)

  23. 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!

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

  25. 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…

    :)
    Nicolette

  26. 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

  27. 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!!

  28. Angie Ramirez says:

    So cute!! I want to do this.. my little girl loves flashlights

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. Katherines Corner says:

    What a creative idea! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Hop xo

  34. Sarah says:

    This will be featured tomorrow at my link party! Make sure to grab a feature button!
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

  35. Hubba says:

    That is so easy! I want to try this, what a great idea thanks for sharing this.
    http://www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

  36. Nicole says:

    That is such a cool idea!

  37. Agus :) says:

    So cute!! love the idea!

  38. 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

  39. We-Made-That.com says:

    I LOVE THIS!! We are going camping this weekend and this would be so much for for the girls to play with in the tent!
    I would love for you to share this on our made for or by kids linky http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2012/08/we-made-that-linky-2.html

  40. 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!

  41. Alyssa says:

    Love this idea! I'm thinking this will be a great stocking stuffer!

  42. Shasta Farrar says:

    Hi Adrianne, I'm finally posting some of my favorite projects from our 8/21 All Star Block Party and your homemade starry night light is one of them! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad
    http://intheoldroad.blogspot.com/2012/09/all-star-block-party-12-features-late.html

  43. Amanda says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to last week’s Martha Mondays! I do hope you’ll drop by again this week and share another post : )

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/09/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features-93.html

    ~Amanda
    http://www.watchoutmartha.net

  44. Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured and Pinned so come on over and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/09/tuesday-confessional-features.html
    ~Macy

  45. Heidi says:

    I'll be pinning this and sharing the pin on Facebook at OneCreativeMommydotcom. Feel free to stop by OneCreativeMommy.com and grab a featured button.

  46. 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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