Is there a school science fair in your future? Or maybe it’s January, Christmas is so two weeks ago, and the kids are B.O.R.E.D? If you’re living with a pack of space cadets, here’s how you can make your own Solar System model. And to start the New Year right, I’m giving away two Solar System kits. (Yes, it’s only January 6th and this is our second giveaway of the year! There’s still time to enter the first one.)
(**Please note that the giveaway is over.)
The step-by-step instructions for making a Solar System are on StyrofoamCrafts.com, and we’ve included a chart so you can make it as scientifically accurate as possible. (Now, as one who had a Purple Planet Eater themed birthday party when I was little, I’m not so sure that you have to be perfectly and scientifically accurate. If you want to make this your own little world, go ahead and do so. Make your own galaxy the way you want to see it!)
If you prefer making your Solar System model as a poster, here’s another suggestion. To make the poster, you can follow the information provided in the chart on StyrofoamCrafts.com, and use the sizes of balls, paints, and the distances listed. You’ll cut your balls in half first, and because you’re using half balls, you’ll have enough to make two posters.
One more idea for you – how about a few aliens to inhabit those planets? StyrofoamCrafts.com has instructions for these Little Green Men, too. You can use your leftover paints and other found objects in your stash to pull these together.
I am giving away two of our Solar System kits today. These complete kits have everything you need to make your own model Solar System. If you’d like to win, leave a comment below and tell me who in your family would love to make a Solar System. I’ll announce today’s winner next Friday the 13th (yikes!). So, the cut-off for entering is end of day Thursday, January 12th.
I also want to announce the winners of our last giveaway from 2011. We partnered with Quayside Publishing & Quarry Books to give away two beautiful craft books and a collection of shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Denise R. of Wicked Crochet won the book Mixed-Media Doll Making: Redefining the Doll with Upcycled Materials on Quayside’s blog Craftside. The winner of The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts giveaway on Crafts ‘n Coffee is Karen Whitney. Congratulations! Please contact me, Karen, with your mailing address.