Silkworm and I were robbed of yet another meteor shower last night, the one that was supposed to be summer's best. It had been sunny all week until the clouds rolled in just in time to block our view of the night sky. We have to chalk it up as the third meteor shower we've missed since April.
On the bright side, we finally got to making one of those awesome constellation tin cans to reimburse our little star-starved hearts!
Tin can (made of a thin metal)
Piece of paper
Nail (of the size you want your star holes to be)
Piece of wood (to work on your project on)
Small light source (candle, LED candle...)
Step One: Cut a piece of paper to fit around your tin can like a label. Tape it on.
Step Two: Trace constellations on the paper, be they real or made-up.
Step Three: Place your tin can on your piece of wood. Line up your nail on one of the stars you drew on the piece of paper, and hammer it through to punch a hole. Continue punching holes out for each star you traced.
Step Four: Remove the piece of paper to reveal your finished tin can. Put it over a lit candle or other active light source (the stronger the light, the better) and fall in love with your quirky lantern!
For a similarly awesome tin can project, check out this tutorial from Night Sky Online on how to make a tin can planetarium! It's a tad easier and much quieter, for those who, say, live in apartments.