Globe Halloween Costume/Geography Lesson

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:

This project is affordable.  I believe our only expenses were $4 for the large balloon and about $6 for paint.

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.
<p>Your costume looks great!</p><p>How sturdy is this paper mache ball in the end? I am working on a play where we need a big circular monster and I am planning on using paper mache but I want to make sure it will last. The actor will not be wearing it for very long or doing much movement but it needs to last for 5 preformances over two weeks. DO you think this will work?</p><p>Thank You!</p>
<p>Thanks for the instructions! I'm global warming for Halloween and it is a huge hit. I won the costume contest at work. </p><p>I will say that the paper mache on the 3ft balloon is a huge mess and takes a long time (4 sessions of 2-3 hours each plus another 30-60 minutes cleaning). It also took time and patience to draw and paint the continents. </p>
<p>Can I pay you to make this globe for my business project contact me by email feliciacarter73@gmail.com thanks</p>
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can&rsquo;t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
Great minds think a like, but I used a Yoga Ball to make mine. I think there are so many more costume ideas that can be made by using this process to make a ball. It was a lot of fun, and I plan on using this for other costumes in the future. In fact my son already said, that next year he wants to be a turtle. :) <br>https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Angry-Bird-Costume/ <br>
What a great idea - and I love the harness design!

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