Constellation Lantern

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Upcycle a large milk carton to create a lantern that illuminates some of the most well known constellations!


  • 1″ Foam Sticker Letters
  • Large Milk Carton
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Large Thumbtack & 2 Small Thumbtacks
  • LED Lights
  • Craft Glue
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Step 1. Gather your supplies.


Step 2.


Cut off the top of a large milk carton, as shown.


Step 3.


Flip over the milk carton and cover it in black construction paper. Be sure to keep the bottom open.


Step 4.


Download, print and cut out the provided templates. To download the templates, simply click the “Template” button above.


Step 5.


Place one of your templates on one side of the carton. Hold it in place with two small thumbtacks, as shown. Using the large thumbtack, poke a hole through each black dot. Repeat this step for all four templates.


Step 6.


After you poke the holes through each side, spell out which constellation it is using foam stickers.


Step 7.


Using the templates as a guide, connect the dots using glow in the dark glitter glue. Make sure you don’t cover the holes!

Tip: If you accidentally cover a hole with glitter glue, simply use the large thumbtack to poke through the hole again.