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Families Make It! A Solar System

Here's a great Paper Mache Clay recipe, as well as some other ways to explore the solar system through art without Paper Mache!

In Kylee Makes a Solar System, we used sports balls as armatures for this Paper Mache Clay solar system.

Is this the fastest way to make a solar system model? Nah. It looks amazing though! And honestly, this Paper Mache Clay recipe is one of my favorite mediums because it is SO versatile, affordable, and lightweight. It's also way less messy, and if you have a kid who has some sensory issues and just cannot put their hands in paste for a strip of paper, this is an incredible alternative.

Here's the recipe for the Paper Mache Clay I used to create these planets. I first found this from artist Jonni Good. Visit her website and subscribe to her YouTube channel for so many incredible projects and tips!

1 1/4 cups damp toilet paper

1 cup premixed drywall joint compound (not DAP brand)

3/4 cup Elmer’s Glue-All or any PVA glue

1/2 to 1 cup white flour (adjustable)

2 tablespoons mineral oil (optional)

To get an ultra smooth surface, apply a very thin layer of joint compound after Paper Mache dries. Cover with gesso and then paint!

Want to explore the solar system but this project feels a bit much? I get that! Ha! There is a free coloring page on the kids page that you can print, color with your family, and then cut out and hang with tape and string.

I have also purchased this styrofoam ball model from Hobby Lobby for only $9.99, and I can't wait to paint it with Dax! I'm saving it for some snowy day when we're stuck inside. This would be a very fun alternative for many ages. This set would also be a great armature base for your Paper Mache if you wanted to skip the masking tape step as shown in the video.

If you want to explore more of the art lesson aspects of this episode with your kids (armature, form, shape, dimension), check out my educator resource on the educator page.

As always, I'd love to see what you and your family discovered and created as you were inspired by this episode or post! Post and tag @kyleemakesit or use #kyleemakesit on Facebook or Instagram. I can't wait to see it!

Watch Kylee Makes A Solar System!

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