My little boy means the world to me so I decided to make him a globe costume for Halloween.
Since our 4-year-old has been interested in our tabletop globe and asking lots of geographic questions, I decided to make this an educational project we worked on together.
Step 1: Planning:
I figured paper macheing over a big balloon could give us a large structure that was ridged and lightweight. I had not worked with paper mache for 30 years so I was really just hoping this would work. It did. After the paper mache dried we popped the balloon and were left with a strong, lightweight hollow structure.
Ensure you do not make the globe so large you can’t remove it from your house. We used a 36” balloon from a party store. However, most doors are narrower then 36”. We blew our balloon up to about 30” in diameter. After the paper mache dried over two weeks, the final globe turned out to be 25” in diameter. This was a surprise, but the 25” dimension turned out to be just right for our 4-year-old boy. I suppose you could go bigger and plan on it shrinking down to 30”, but that sounds risky.
This is not a quick project. You need at least a week to do this right. Drying the paper mache can take 24+ hours. We did two paper macheing sessions, each with its own 24+ hour drying period.