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.
- 15" balloons
- 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
- Blow up balloons. (I used masking tape on the pointy end to make them a little rounder. I just taped a big "x".)
- Cover the work area with newspaper.
- Mix up the flour and water mixture while the kids rip up the newspapers into approximately 1" strips.
- Dip the newspaper strips into the mixture, wiping off excess, and smooth onto balloon.
- Cover entire balloon.
- Set aside to dry over night.
- Repeat 3-4 times.
- Use torn strips of blue copy paper for the final layer. This makes a nice ocean to stick the continents to.
- Print continents onto colored copy paper. Use a different color for each continent.
- Cut out continents and glue into place.
- Glue equator into place.