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When I was a kid, I remember fighting my brothers for the prize in the cereal box. It was always a competition to see who would pour the lucky bowl — or more likely, dig the toy out from the bottom of the box.
Those toy prizes have sure gotten a lot cooler, like the limited edition glow-in-the-dark decals featuring characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in specially marked boxes of Big G Cereal.
The decals are removable and repositionable, so kids can use them to decorate all kinds of surfaces in their rooms.
We scored some old-school favorites – C-3PO and R2-D2 — in our box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Mr. Fuzzy Morning Hair and I decided to make some cool glow in the dark artwork for his room. (The other available decals feature Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and a stormtrooper.)
The artwork is the perfect addition to his nightstand, which is all Star Wars, all the time.
Oh, who am I kidding? Everything here is all Star Wars, all the time. Such is life with a 9-year-old superfan!
To make your glow in the dark Star Wars artwork, you will need:
- 8X10 canvas
- black craft paint
- foam paint brush
- Star Wars glow in the dark decal from Big G Cereal
- glow-in-the-dark stars
- spray adhesive
- wax paper
Begin by placing the glow in the dark decal and stickers where you want them on the canvas. I recommend snapping a photo of the placement with your phone, so you can refer to it later.
Remove everything from the canvas and paint it with two or three coats of black craft paint. Apply enough coats so you don’t see any of the white canvas showing through.
Next, place your decal on the canvas. Just peel it off the backing paper and stick it on the painted canvas.
Lay the glow in the dark stars face down on wax paper and spray them with adhesive. They will be very sticky! (Parents, unless you want sticky floors and tabletops, I wouldn’t recommend letting the kids use the spray adhesive.) Carefully place the glow in the dark stars on the canvas .
Now, it’s time to turn off the lights and see your artwork glow. For best results, expose the decal and stars to direct lamplight or sunlight for 30 minutes before turning off the lights.
Jackson put his artwork on his night stand to use as a nightlight. He’s also put some of the other Star Wars decals throughout his room.
Be sure to look for them in specially marked boxes of Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp and Cheerios Multi Grain the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Which characters from The Force Awakens would you feature on your glow in the dark artwork?
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