If you’re looking for something unique and exciting to do for your kids rooms, then paint a galaxy on the ceiling of your kids’ rooms!

Not only will they love it, but it’s so relaxing for them after a busy day of running around.

If you do it properly with glow paint you can include planets, shooting stars and other astronomical phenomena.

Your first step is to find an image of what you want to recreate on the ceiling. One way to accurately portray the moon, planets, constellation maps, and swirl patterns of the Milky Way galaxy, is looking at getting stencil kits to make it as realistic as possible.

What You Need

  • Ladder
  • Heavy drop cloth
  • Protective wear
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic
  • Masking tape
  • Duster
  • Cloths
  • Natural sponge
  • 2.5cm paintbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • A selection of glow paint

Expect a mess!

Prepare beforehand to have as little clean up as possible, but the reality is that this will create quite a mess, so get all the smaller furniture items out the room and move the larger items out of the way as much as possible and cover them with a heavy drop cloth. Clean the ceiling thoroughly and wrap any light fixtures in plastic and secure with tape.

paint a galaxy

Our advice is to practice your stencil skills beforehand! You want the final product to look amazing so make sure you know what you’re doing with your equipment and that you have matched your colours well. Also don’t think that you have to paint on a dark background. Glow paint actually shows up better on a light background, so there’s no need to go in heavy with the dark colours unless you really want to.

How to paint a galaxy

Divide your mural into sections and lay it out with the configuration of the ceiling in mind. When creating the constellations between the stars, a ruler is best to create the thin lines.

To get the best result for the stars we recommend using white paint mixed with a little water. Create an ethereal affect for a nebula by mixing different colored phosphorescent paint. Use your finger (gloved) to create gaseous star clouds. Rub your finger in the paint and then create away!

Use a combination of sponges and brushes to create depth and texture for your galaxy.

Most of all HAVE FUN and enjoy the final effect!