An Earth Day craft for kids to DIY & display all year long

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.)

Earth Day craft for kids -- DY a globe with repurposed newspapers, magazines and junk mail.

Recycled Earth Day Globe by Kathleen George.

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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
Hands-on Earth Day craft for kids shows how to repurpose papers and make an Earth Day globe.

The oceans are created from blue paper squares, and you’ll build the continents using paper mache.

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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.)
  1. Carefully twist the chopstick and remove it from the globe. Cover the hole with paper maché.
  1. 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.
An Earth Day craft that teaches about the world, too.

Isn’t it pretty?

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.

Green craft idea for kids: How to make Punch Art pictures using plastic shopping bags.

Kids will use plastic bags and the punch art technique to make these pictures, and they’ll learn about repurposing, too.

This Plastic Bag Chicken is not a kids’ craft, but it’s my favorite way to repurpose plastic bags!

Guess what this chicken is made from -- plastic shopping bags! What a fun way to repurpose. Get the tutorial on

Repurpose those plastic shopping bags to make this barnyard chicken.

How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day next week?

Happy crafting.


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8 Responses to An Earth Day craft for kids to DIY & display all year long

  1. Great idea! I must try this with my 5 year old. He has millions of questions about the earth and universe:)

  2. LisaM6 says:

    That is so cool. I will share this with my teacher friends. Love the chicken. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much for sharing, Lisa. (And you won’t want your teacher friends to miss what I’ve planned for next week, either . . .) That chicken is one of my favorites, too. Kathleen George can DIY just about anything! Happy Friday! Sharon

  3. Katiria says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Love the globe. Thanks for the inspiration

  4. I am bookmarking this site for next Wednesday and Thursday when my two grandsons are going to be spending the day with me. I think they will have lots of fun doing the paper mache project and I am intrigued by the plastic bag projects! Excited to try them. Thanks for giving us some projects to do while they are here!

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray for crafting with the grandkids! They’ll have such happy memories of crafting with grandma. I hope you all have a blast! Let me know how it goes. Happy crafting! Sharon

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