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Papier Mache Globes

We have been working on papier mache globes for the past couple of weeks.

You probably know that papier mache is a process that takes several days to complete because for the finished product to be strong, there must be several layers, and each layer must dry completely before the next layer is added.

You are probably expecting to see pictures of the entire process, aren’t you?

Soooo… do you ever take pictures and download them only to have them disappear into a sea of thousands of downloaded photos, never to be seen again?

Well, that’s what happened to me. I took plenty of pictures of the process, from the first goopy layer of papier mache all the way to the final product.  Unfortunately, the first few days of pictures decided to go AWOL and the only ones I could find, after wasting the better part of an hour searching for them, were the final day’s photos.

So, I’ll just have to give you the run down of what we did and you’ll have to imagine a snazzy visual aid.

Supplies:

  • 15″ balloons
  • newspapers
  • blue copy paper (for final layer)
  • multi colored copy paper (for continents)
  • yarn or string (for the equator)
  • White school glue
  • flour and water mixed to the consistency of runny oatmeal
  1. Blow up balloons. (I used masking tape on the pointy end to make them a little rounder. I just taped a big “x”.)
  2. Cover the work area with newspaper.
  3. Mix up the flour and water mixture while the kids rip up the newspapers into approximately 1″ strips.
  4. Dip the newspaper strips into the mixture, wiping off excess, and smooth onto balloon.
  5. Cover entire balloon.
  6. Set aside to dry over night.
  7. Repeat 3-4 times.
  8. Use torn strips of blue copy paper for the final layer. This makes a nice ocean to stick the continents to.
  9. Print continents onto colored copy paper. Use a different color for each continent.
  10. Cut out continents and glue into place.
  11. Glue equator into place.
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Comments

  1. Connie
    FYI if you use these for a pinata they will be very hard to break! We make our own pinata’s every year and the first year was several layers thick and it took Mike smashing it on the ground with a big stick to break it. But oh what fun!

    have you tried google picassa to organize your photos? I think it will organize by photo subject and I know by date. I am not that organized to really get in there and learn all it will do.

    Have fun.

    Jerri

  2. Connie you need to get Creative Memories Memory Manager 3.o program. I truly is the BEST program for organizing your photographs as well as editing them, journaling them and all sort of cool stuff. You can check it out at my website and also watch tutorials about how it works on their too. (AND…. you MIGHT have an “in” with a consultant for a good bargain!)

  3. Those are really neat!!

  4. I totally echo Ellen’s words…Memory manager will change your life! Creative Memories also has tons of great ideas to celebrate and preserve your memories that are fast and easy and really fun too! Thanks for all of your great ideas that you share with us. I am happy to get to share one with you!

  5. I bet the children will remember the continents much better with this hands on a.proach than just looking at a globe. Anything they can do hands on is so much better than just reading,

  6. What a fun way to teach kids about the planet! I’ve been working on paper mache the past couple of days and it really does take forever!

    I use picassa and it is wonderful! It has facial recognition, tags, editing tools, etc and is totally free!

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