DIY | ZODIAC CONSTELLATION WALL HANGING
Today I will be sharing how to make your own custom zodiac constellation wall hanging like the one pictured above! This has to be one of my favorite DIY's to date, it's super easy to make and it's a great way to create large inexpensive piece of art to hang on your wall. As always, let me know what you think and send me photos if you try to make the piece yourself, I'd love to see!
What you'll need
- A Pair of sharp scissors
- A large piece of canvas for reference the piece pictured was 30in x 26in
- A ruler
- One large bowl or plate
- One tea candle (or any clear waxed candle will work just fine)
- Black permanent waterproof ink
- One small paint brush
- One medium sized paint brush (*not pictured)
- One pencil
- Twine (*not pictured)
- One hollow 24in or 26in copper rod (*not pictured)
- Iron (*not pictured)
- Thread that matches the color of your canvas (*not pictured)
- Sewing machine (*not pictured)
What you need to do
Light your tea candle and allow it to heat until the entire wax has melted, then blow the wick out as you will be utilizing the wax to "paint" on your design. For my design I simply looked online for an image of the Gemini Constellation and utilized it as a reference for this project. You can do the same for your specific zodiac and all of the constellation designs are quite similar as they simply consist of a few straight lines and dots which is why their simple design is perfect for this project. To begin, you will want to place your bowl or plate onto the center of your canvas. Using the melted wax as your "paint," trace your bowl or plate.
Next, dip the eraser of your pencil into the melted wax and begin creating the design of your zodiac constellation. The eraser of your pencil is a great way to make consistent circles (or dots) that you can then connect using your paintbrush and ruler. If you wish, you can add a couple of additional stars in the background as I did with the tip of your paintbrush. Remember that your design doesn't have to be perfect.
Once your design is completed, use your black permeant waterproof ink to paint over the entire design (including the wax as the ink will not stick to it). You can paint slightly outside of the wax circle as I did, or you can keep the ink within the circle if you wish. I would recommend applying two coats of ink and waiting at least 20-30 minutes in between layers.
After your canvas is completely dry use your iron to iron out any wrinkles your canvas may have. Be sure to use a scrap piece of fabric to protect your design while your iron. Then sew up the sides as well as the top and bottom with your sewing machine. Please remember to leave an opening at the very top for the rod. Once your wall hanging is sewn, simply slide the copper rod through and thread your twine inside of the copper rod and tie a knot.