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How To Re-Create A Starry Sky on the Ceiling

Star stencils are used to create constellations, transforming a boring ceiling into an out-of-this-world mural for two young boys.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Tape-Off the Edges of the Ceiling

To keep the walls clean, the edge of the ceiling is taped off with painter's tape.

Step 2: Paint and Glaze the Ceiling

A combination of glaze and deep-blue paint are used create the evening sky on the already-textured ceiling. The glaze is mixed into the paint and also used by itself. First, one part paint is mixed with three parts glaze. The glaze makes the paint more transparent. Working in small sections, roughly two to three feet square, a solid coat of glaze alone is rolled onto the ceiling. Next, using a second roller, roll on some of the paint and glaze mixture. Apply it sparsely, over about 60 to 70 percent coverage.

Step 3: Blend with a Dry Brush

While the paint mixture is still wet, use a big, dry paint brush to blend the roller marks. It takes a little elbow grease, so do small sections at a time.

Step 4: Add the Stars

When the ceiling is completely covered and the paint is dry, it is time to fill the evening sky with stars. Stencil templates are taped to the ceiling and large stenciling brushes (with a round, flat end) are used to dab the yellow paint onto the stencils. The larger stencils are patterned to look like the constellations and are painted dark yellow. Smaller stencils are painted light yellow and placed randomly around the ceiling.

Step 5: Add Decorative Touches

Finally, stencil a rocket ship onto the ceiling among the stars.