Paper Mache Earth

EarthThe base for this paper mache globe is a beach ball. It gave the necessary round shape and was pretty sturdy to work with as well.
Session 1: I had my students place long strips of newspaper (about 10″ x 3″) covered in mache across a 14″ beach ball. Large bowls were placed under the balls to keep them from rolling around. Some students covered the entire beach ball all in one layer, some got about 3/4 done. When drying, I had some issues with the beach balls deflating a bit, making them look lopsided. Not good. But I found that if I placed them in the sun for a few hours, the heat reinflated them. (The science lesson is a bonus.)
Session 2: Just like the first, with an emphasis on placing newspaper strips in the opposite direction to add strength.
Sessions 3: Students mached blank newsprint over the entire globe to cover all the type.
Session 4: I drew some very simple continent shapes on the board, and had the students paint in green the “land” on their globe. When complete, they filled in the rest with blue. My kids were so young I didn’t bring up the issue of the north and south poles being white, but older students would probably like to do so. When the paint was dry, I sprayed the globes heavily with a spray varnish to add a little shine. All in all, a lot of fun and parents liked them as much as the kids.

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  2. Irene

    I love it and cant wait to do it with my children.
    Also thanks to “Playing by the book” for the idea with the “pink” newspaper.

  3. Silvia

    Oh, I do have a question–if you wanted to be able to put the globe on a stand, how would you suggest making a hole in the bottom?

  4. Silvia

    We were able to go to the local newspaper and ask for the end rolls–it’s the paper that doesn’t get used up at the end of a run. So it’s fantastic for all sorts of things, and is on a very sturdy cardboard roll as well.

  5. This is my first time visiting your site! i love it!

  6. Anonymous

    Maybe a tip about the tissuepaper. Instead of putting it on in a new session, soaking up the mache, I put it at the and of the second round without wetting the tissuepaper but sticking it onto the wet surface of the final newspaperlayer.

  7. christian

    thanks. looks so great!

  8. What a great idea. A friend of mine uses two different coloured newspapers when doing papier mache – the regular, and the pink (in the UK the financial times is printed on pink paper) and then the kids use one type of paper for one layer and they other type for the second layer – it makes it very easy to see where they’ve already put their paper.

  9. you have the greatest ideas –THANK YOU for sharing your ideas! My class also thanks you!

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