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Here are my DIY tips for creating the papier mache planets. This is a great craft to do with your kids. Keep in mind that this is a labor-intensive DIY project but so much fun!





 
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Step 1: Gather Balloons

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I gathered an assortment of round balloons

Step 2: Create Papier Mache mixture

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I then created my papier mache mixture by mixing flour and water. This is your "glue". Should be the consistency of pancake batter...you could probably add some eggs and milk, hmm, and some chocolate chips...ok...I digress. You get the point. 



Step 3: Start applying

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I applied three layers of strips to each balloon, allowing each layer to dry in between. You don't want to be so neat and smooth with the layering. Remember, planets are textured, I think, either way, they're more interesting that way.

Step 4: Drying Process

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On a damp day, placing the planets in front of  the oven door helped speed up the drying process. Temperature around 200°

The balloons will shrivel up...and die, I mean dry. No point in trying to remove them.

Step 5: Base Coat

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Once dry, I painted each planet with a coat of white primer before applying the color. Then let them dry again. Resting the planets on flower pots helps keep them stable.





Step 6: Start Painting!

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I use acrylic paints. The colors are easy to mix and they clean up easily with water.

This image shows the first layer of color. Let each dry before your second coat. At this point, I added hooks made out of a piece of wire. Almost like an upside down "T"  with a loop. insert into the hollow planet so the top of the "T" sits within each side of the hole.

Step 7: I'm ready for my closeup

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A closeup of Neptune and Venus.

With two coats of base color, sponge on a second darker or lighter color to bring out the texture. This works best when the planet is not fully dry. Have fun, you can't really make any mistakes here.

Spray a gloss coat on to give the planets some shine and protection.

Crafts1015 months ago

I need to do this for some stupid science project. Thanks!!

Facci Designs (author)  Crafts1015 months ago
Ha! It's a big project, good luck!
nancydi9 months ago

Great project! Can u share how you would turn it into a mobile? Thank u!

Facci Designs (author)  nancydi8 months ago
Well, let's see. You could tie two sticks together to form an "x". Tie fishing line or even color coordinated ribbon to each planet and then tie those to the "x". Hang the planets at different lengths. You could also get an wooden embroidery ring and hang the planets from that.

Have fun!
Facci Designs (author) 9 months ago

Hi Tasnim0622. Not sure what you would like to buy for $10.

tasnim06229 months ago
answering anytime before this Wednesday would be nice
tasnim06229 months ago
I like it could I buy it for $10
vocaloid041 year ago
I have a science project on the Solar System and this helps. Thanks!
That would be really cool to try with shit like Hoth in order to hang in a geek cave too. lol
okudaisi2 years ago
great idea!
Facci Designs (author)  okudaisi2 years ago
thank you!! Hope you make them too!
wynelle4 years ago
Awesome job ... one question though ...

What did you use for the rings of Saturn? How did you attach them?
Facci Designs (author)  wynelle4 years ago
thanks. I cut the ring out of foam core and covered it in some sparkly paper. Since there was a hook on top of the planet, I strung fish line through some holes in the ring and connected it to the top of the hook. I wanted to look like it was floating.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Beautiful! I bet rich people would pay lots of money to have these as objets d'art!
Facci Designs (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
wow, you think so? Maybe someone rich will see these and want me to make more! :)
Try charging a ton of money for them on etsy and see what happens!
cokecola4 years ago
Excellent paint job! They look like gemstones.
Facci Designs (author)  cokecola4 years ago
gemstones shining in the sky! thx
depotdevoid4 years ago
Those are awesome, quite eye catching!
Facci Designs (author)  depotdevoid4 years ago
Why, thank you! Aren't they Out of This World? :)
Facci Designs (author) 4 years ago
thanks.
They were for a client who wanted them for her son's "Space themed" Party.
Culturespy4 years ago
Really nice job on these! Will they be display models or are they part of another project?