A few years ago we created some really cool ideas for an Earth Day celebration. My favorite part was the DIY globe, and creating this amazing time lapse video of a bean sprouting. Now that I am homeschooling my kids, I think it’s time to do the homemade globe project again!
This easy handmade globe is created using papier-mâché over a round balloon — we used a punching balloon. You’ll also need recycled paper, torn into 1-inch strips, water and flour.
Whisk together 1 part flour to 1-1/2 parts water to form a paste. Dip paper strips into the paste and layer on the balloon until it is completely covered. Let sit overnight until dry. You may wish to add several layers, depending on time constraints.
Once dry, you may choose to discard the inner balloon by popping it and removing it through the balloon-tie hole. Paint the dried globe with blue craft paint.
Download our free printable Continents Template. Print, color and cut out the landmasses. Generously apply a clear sealer (such as Mod Podge) to adhere the colored continents and then to cover and protect the entire globe. Let sit overnight to dry. Use a canning ring to display to proudly display your handmade globe.
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