Create Your Own Paper Mache Solar System with Quill And Fox
Welcome to this week’s Kids Crafts! Get ready to embark on an exciting journey as we explore the wonders of the solar system through the art of paper mache. In this project, we will be creating our very own sun, earth, and moon. It’s a great activity to do during the Easter holidays when you have plenty of time to indulge in crafting and let your imagination soar. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to contribute to our Crafts for Boys collection!
A Universe of Possibilities
But wait, there’s more! We’ve also got another stellar idea for you. How about making shredded paper mache bowls that allow you to explore the core of your planets? These “Layers of the Earth Bowls” would make an excellent addition to any Science Fair Project!
Let’s Get Started!
To make our paper mache planets, we’ll need a few materials: old newspaper or white packing paper, paper mache paste (or you can try making your own), 3 balloons, string for drying, and paint. If you want to make things even easier, you can check out the fab Cubbykit pack!
Blow up your balloons in three different sizes to represent the sun, earth, and moon.
Tear your paper into strips and pieces. I find that making the pieces around 2-3cm wider and 10cm long works well, but feel free to adjust to your liking.
Dip the paper into the paper mache paste and apply it to the balloons. Add 2-4 layers of paper to ensure sturdiness. Be prepared for some rolling around as the balloons become heavy with the mache.
Hang them up to dry. If you’re drying them indoors, make sure to avoid placing them near radiators to prevent the balloons from popping prematurely. Let them dry slowly to ensure the best results.
Once dry, you have two options. Either leave the balloons inside to have something to hold while painting, or carefully pop them and remove them from the inside. I find it easier to keep them in and then remove them afterward. Now, let’s bring our planets to life with colors! Paint the sun with fiery shades, the earth with vibrant blues and greens, and the moon with a crisp white. Let your creativity shine!
Hang your planets in a place of honor. Red Ted wants his to be above his bed, and maybe you can add the other planets over time. Let your imagination take you to the stars! Talk about space and solar systems and let the wonder of the universe fill your conversations.
That’s it! You’ve successfully crafted your very own paper mache solar system. But before we wrap up, let’s talk about Cubbykit.
Cubbykit – Your Crafty Companion
Are you in need of inspiration, motivation, or simply a helping hand when it comes to crafting with your kids? Look no further than Cubbykit! They offer a monthly subscription service where they send you a themed box filled with three delightful craft ideas. Recently, we had the pleasure of exploring the “Space” theme, which led us to create our paper mache solar system. The activities are engaging and cater to different skill levels. The kits provide all the materials you need, along with beautifully printed instructions. They even go the extra mile to ensure the materials are of excellent quality. Cubbykit is the perfect gift for a niece, nephew, godchild, or grandchild who loves to get crafty. And remember, this is not a sponsored endorsement; it’s my genuine opinion!
So, what have you made from paper mache? And do you have any favorite solar system crafts? Share your creative adventures with us and keep exploring the vast wonders of the universe!