#120 Grit Moonscape

What might someone do with a few extra all-purpose sanding discs, you ask?

Be inspired to create a special moonscape for their home, specifically, for a child’s bedroom with a ceiling that’s already coated with dozens, and dozens, and dozens of glow-in-the-dark stars. That’s what.

DIY kids art using sandpaper.

Keep on reading to learn more about how I assembled our new piece of art (and get a few other ideas for your own DIY creation!)

I like when a kid gets to help dictate what art infiltrates their bedroom, especially when it’s something they can help make, because they’ll take more pride in it. In this case, we were shooting for the moon with a bunch of basic materials.

  • Power sanding discs (we decided on white, but yellow and red are almost equally abundant)
  • Glue
  • A wood panel (I found a piece of 3/16″ x 12″ x 24″ birch at the craft store which worked really well for only $3.99)
  • Optional: Paint, and other mixed media materials like scrap paper or yarns

I started by laying out the sanding discs and sketching moonphases lightly on the backside of each piece of paper. I only used six sanding discs for this project, all shown, because when you put your astronomer hat on and think about it, phases of the moon always add to a whole circle. Both halves of each disc would be used in the piece, except for the half-moon, because that only needed to appear once in this sequence.

Planning for a DIY art moonscape.

The furniture in my daughter’s room is predominantly IKEA-birch, and we decided to leave the majority of the wood au natural so that it fit into the overall design, but we did paint gold scallops (or, clouds) using leftover Martha Stewart metallic paint that I had used to paint a design on her bedroom rug.

Painting birch for a DIY project.

Once dry, I arranged the cut circles on the board and glued them in place. The finished piece sits nicely in her bedroom, and can serve as a friendly reminder of how the moon’s appearance changes in the sky.

DIY kid art.

I had a few other ideas for a similar effect:

1. I was hoping to find gigantic pieces of Velcro (specifically, the prickly side!) to stick these sanding strips onto. Imagine letting kids treat the moon shapes as adjustable shapes?

2. Magnets. I also thought about attaching the cut shapes to sheet magnet for a fun fridge accent. Maybe one of you wants to share how that works out?

3. Frame the whole artwork. While we wouldn’t be able to touch it to feel the contrast between the birch and the sandpaper (a small detail that seems to be especially engaging), it would look good framed simply and make it more suitable for display in the home.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.


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    How creative….I use mine for starting seeds in planter pots…poke your finger in the dirt underneath, toss the seeds in and that's it…it keeps them from drying out when they are first starting and keeps the birds away!!

  12. free_bee says:

    this could be a very good visual aid for planetary lesson in school :D

  13. @Runkster says:

    I love to see people repurpose objects!

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    It is ugly, one persons opinion.

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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