Upcycle a Fake Christmas Tree Into a Star Map

Instead of packing away that fake Christmas tree that has seen better days, turn into something that is sure to delight the space nerd in your life. With some electrical know-how, creativity, and elbow grease, an awesome piece of LED art can be born from a fiber optic Christmas tree. Now, if we could just convince a certain someone to finally part with that retrotastic tree...

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Instructables user Mr Trick wanted to make a little something special for his wife. Actually, by little, we mean, quite large since the final work measures over 6 feet wide and uses over 1500 optical fiber stars.

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To create your own Star Map, as dubbed by Mr Trick, you will need several items. In place of a fiber optic Christmas tree you can use retro "UFO lamps," which are easily found at a dollar store. The tree and the "UFO lamp" are both great sources for the optical fiber since they come in clumps and terminate in one place. This optical fiber is what you will use to make the stars, the more stars, the better the project will look. This project is not for the faint of heart and before you undertake, make sure you have earned your woodworking, soldering, and electrical badges.

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We think this would looks swell in a child's bedroom or home theater room. Can you imagine how awesome this would be next to a space shuttle bed? The answer is, very awesome, and by child's room, we may mean our room.

Check out the post on Instructables, for the comprehensive instructions.

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(Image: Instructables User Mr Trick licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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