If you’re looking for a craft to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, check out today’s Recycled Globe. You’ll use old newspapers, magazines and junk mail to create your very own Earth Day Globe. Kids learn about repurposing, and about geography and just how interconnected we all are – it’s a small world after all, right? The kids I know love digging into a goopy mess, so they’ll have a blast making the paper maché mix, too. If you’ve been looking for a good paper maché recipe, this is it – save it for future crafts. (I remember making paper maché puppets as a kid.)
To make a Recycled, Earth Day Globe, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
- Repurposed papers, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, wrapping paper, etc. (be sure your mix includes blue images)
- Acrylic craft paint in green
- World map, atlas, or other reference for drawing the continents
- Black string
- White craft glue (Kathleen used Elmer’s School Glue for this project)
- Tools needed: Scissors; blender; mesh strainer; plastic bowl; plastic container with lid; stiff bristle paintbrush; chopstick; rubber bands; indelible marker; pencil; straight pin with a large head (like a corsage pin)
To make a Recycled, Earth Day Globe:
- Prepare the papers:
- Find papers with blue images, and cut them into 1” squares. You’ll need a scant cup of blue squares.
- Tear up newspapers into small pieces; you’ll need about six cups of scraps. Place the scraps in a bowl and cover with water. Let the paper soak overnight.
- Mix up the paper maché mash:
- Place the wet newspaper pieces in a blender and add a small amount of water.
- Blend well, adding a little more water if needed.
- Pour the mash into a large mesh strainer and let it drain until it’s no longer dripping and can be molded.
- Transfer to a plastic container with a lid.
- Add several tablespoons of white glue and blend well with your hands.
- Mix in several tablespoons of green acrylic paint.
- Store in the covered container till you’re ready to use it.
3. Cover the foam ball with blue paper squares:
- Insert a wood dowel or chopstick into the 6” foam ball, and use this is a handle.
- Brush a generous amount of white craft glue onto the surface of the 6” foam ball.
- Using the paintbrush, pick up a square of blue paper and place it on the ball; brush glue over the paper piece, smoothing it down in place.
- Repeat, until the entire globe is covered.
- Let dry.
- Wrap a rubber band around the center of the globe. Draw a dotted line with the marker around the globe, using the rubber band as your guide. This will be the equator. Remove the rubber band.
- Wrap two rubber bands around the globe vertically, dividing it into quarters. This will help you locate the position for each continent. Referring to a map, lightly draw the outline of each continent with a pencil.
- Build your continents by adding small amounts of paper maché mash inside the outlines for each continent. Continue adding the mash till the continents are fully formed. If the paper maché doesn’t stick to the globe, mix in more glue. Let dry overnight. (Keep a small amount of leftover paper maché mash to fill in the hole left by the chopstick.)
- Carefully twist the chopstick and remove it from the globe. Cover the hole with paper maché.
- Tie the string around the large, pearl head pin. Poke a hole in the top of the globe. Squeeze glue into the hole and insert the pin. Let the glue dry thoroughly before handling the globe by the string.
Here’s another Earth Day craft for the kids that repurposes plastic shopping bags. The Flower Garden Picture is great for younger kids, and tweens and teens can make the Dove Picture.
This Plastic Bag Chicken is not a kids’ craft, but it’s my favorite way to repurpose plastic bags!
How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day next week?