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Globe For Earth Day Made With Paper Maché

paper mache globeThis globe was made in honor of Earth Day.

Here at kidswonderart we try to make crafts re-purposing and re-using as many items whenever possible and this globe fits into that category.

When making this globe, or other paper maché craft projects you will need at least 3 to 5 days.

The paper maché 'glue' needs time to dry between coats and if the item is large it could take 2 days for drying time. It is important to work out the details of this type of craft project in advance with an eye on the calendar to be sure there is enough time for completion of the project.

Materials Needed

To make the globe from start to finish you will need the following materials to complete the entire paper maché globe project.

    •flour, water, salt & hand mixer
    •newspaper torn in strips
    •blue tissue paper torn in strips
    •rubber gloves
    •wax paper
    •small size balloons
    •paper towel or toilet paper tubes
    •paper plates
    •three 3 1/2 inch squares of strong cardboard (from a cereal box)
    •brown paint & white paint
    •paint brush
    •printouts of the continents (sized to fit the globe you create)
    •white craft glue and glue sticks

Set Up For Paper Maché Globe Project

Prepare the paper maché using a recipe you already have or use the recipe below. Begin with 1 cup flour to 5 cups water following the method below.


    • Begin by adding 4 cups of water to a large pot over medium to high heat to boil and add 1-2 tablespoons of salt.
    •While waiting for water to boil mix 1 cup flour with 1 cup of water and mix well to blend stirring until smooth.
    • Add to the boiling water and stir well making sure there are no lumps and cook for about 2 minutes stirring continuously. You can use a hand mixer to do this process.
    • Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside to cool. You can begin to use the glue as soon as it is cool enough to touch.

  1. While waiting for the glue to cool, tear the paper strips 1 to 1 inches wide. Do not cut the newspapers with scissors, it is best that the paper is torn by hand.
  2. Blow up the balloons to about 5 inches. If the balloons are very large they will have a longer drying time.
  3. When the glue is cool enough to touch you are ready to begin gluing the newspaper strips to the balloon. Hold the balloon by the knot while adding the paper, and smooth the paper on the balloon and wipe off any excess glue.
  4. paper mache globes
  5. Place the covered balloon on to wax paper to dry -- checking every few hours for dryness and turning them so that all sides will dry.
  6. When the globes are dry you can add another layer of paper strips, let dry and repeat a third time. The more layers of paper you add the stronger the paper maché globe will be. Three or four coats is usually enough depending on how much you overlap the paper strips.
  7. The last layer of paper should be with the blue tissue paper. This will give you the blue globe. Or you can paint the globe blue if you prefer.

Prepare The Stand for Globe

While the globes are drying it's a good time to prepare the stand for the globe.

For the purpose of this instructional photo we did not pre-paint the cardboard tube and plates brown.

It is a good idea to paint the plates brown after the glue has dried. Then attach the painted tube as shown in the photo.

  1. Paint the cardboard tubes brown and set aside. This will be the post to support the globe when finished.
  2. Glue 3 cardboard squares to the center of the paper plate in alternate directions (see photo top left) and let dry. This will give the plate substance when gluing the tube to the plate.
  3. Glue a second plate to the top of the support plate. When glue is dried paint the top (plate with the 3 support pieces underneath) of the paper plate brown.
  4. Make 4 cuts on one end of the cardboard tube about 1 inch high (see photo top right). Glue this to the paper plate that has the cardboard on the underside (see photo bottom right).
  5. Cut out the contintents and set aside to be glued on the finished globe.

Remove the Balloon from the Paper Maché

paper mache instructions To remove the balloon from the center of the globe, puncture the balloon and when the air is released the balloon will come away from the paper and you will be able to remove it easily.

Next cut away some of the paper maché to create an opening for the painted tube which will be the stand for the globe.

Finish the Paper Maché Globe

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Now that the paper maché globes are dry it is time to glue the continents that you cut out onto the blue globe.

After you have all the continents placed where you want them, dab a sponge or brush in a little white paint to create the illusion of clouds in space and add a little depth.

When all the paint and glue has dried it is time to place the globe on it's stand -- or the painted tube.

This project takes time. You can do this with a scout troop or during school breaks. You can also start this on a rainy or snowy weekend and finish it on the next weekend.

Age approriate for 8 years and older.

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