Glowing Constellations


Who is interested in outer space? Learn about constellations while creating a bright art project to show the latest scientific findings.


1. Choose a fascinating constellation to research. Use pictures to help design an accurate bas-relief replica of the constellation. If you make your project in several sessions, just keep the pieces in a resealable plastic container.

2. Cover the inside of a produce tray with a thin layer of Crayola Model Magic® compound.

3. In a contrasting Model Magic color, shape the image of the constellation, such as the dog for Canis Major. Press it on the background. Attach small Model Magic balls to the constellation image where the stars are located.

4. Create a fun and funky Model Magic border to make your project distinctive. Shape small Model Magic charms for more accents. Poke holes in them for stringing with a straw. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.

5. Tie the charms with ribbon. Attach them to the back of the bas-relief work with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.

6. Use Crayola Glitter Glue to mark the lines between the stars and to decorate your border and charms. Air-dry the glue.

7. Create a name-plate for the display with Crayola Markers on construction paper. Attach it to your project.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Recycled Foam Produce Trays—Wash in hot, soapy water. No meat or poultry trays should be used.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Form groups of about five students who each made a different constellation. Quiz each other by showing the constellations in the dark and then the light.
  • Research the history of the constellations. What culture(s) have identified it? Approximately when? What legends are associated with the constellation?
  • Assessment: Students report on their constellation to the class. Discuss the image that their constellation represents and how it can be imagined in the night sky. Can students identify all of the constellations represented?

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • ribbon
  • recycled foam produce trays
  • plastic drinking straws



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research and gather information about constellations.

  • Students apply their research to creating an artistic image that shows what their constellation represents.

  • Students demonstrate their ability to represent data in their own artistic manner.

  • Students recognize constellations both alone as stars and with an image behind the stars.


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