3D Textured Globe
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 9 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
If you are looking for a fun and concentrated project for kids in the older set, this 3-D textured globe is the perfect craft. While this project is geared mostly at kids 9 and up, it can be simplified for younger children as well.
What you'll need:
- Paper mache globe ornament
- Acrylic paints: white, light blue, green and brown
- White craft glue
- Acrylic sealer spray
- Cotton ball
- Cotton swab
- Paper plate
- Empty egg carton (to use as a stand)
How to make it:
- Place egg carton upside down and use to balance your globe on while you paint. Paint the entire paper mache globe with light blue paint and let dry. Repeat for a second coat.
- Use a map of the Earth as a guide, then lightly pencil the continents onto the globe.
- Pour some sand onto a paper plate.
- Fill each continent you just drew with dots of glue.
- Gently roll the globe around in the sand until all continents are covered. Carefully tap off excess. Put globe onto egg carton to dry.
- Once dry, give the globe one or two last taps to shake of any loose sand.
- Paint the sanded continents green, except for Antarctica and the top of the globe, which should be painted white. Let dry completely.
- Use a cotton swab to gently dab brown paint onto areas of the green where your map may indicate deserts or more barren lands. Let dry.
- Put some white paint onto a paper plate. Unravel a bit of your cotton ball and drag it lightly over the top of the white paint. Dab off excess onto plate and use the cotton ball to add cloudy areas around the globe. Let dry.
Spray entire globe with acrylic sealer spray.
- If you visit a beach sometime this summer, collect a sandwich bag full of sand and save it for projects such as these.
- Recycle old Christmas ornaments by using them instead of the paper mache ball.
- Look for eco-friendly products when considering your craft projects. Ask the manager at your local craft supply store if they can provide you with a list of green products.
- Adjust this craft for younger kids by allowing them to draw the continents however they like rather than sticking to the more challenging map design.