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!
Here’s what you will need:
- Any size flashlight (and don’t forget the batteries)
- Craft vinyl (I’m using black)
- Electronic Cutting Machine
- (Optional: If using the Silhouette, you’ll need to borrow or create a Cut File – you can download it here. Just size it to fit your flashlight’s lens!)
- Alternately: Scissors and a star-shaped punch
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!
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):
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!