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Papier Mâché Earth

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Make a huge, hang-worthy globe from a few everyday materials you may already have around the house!

Papier Mâché Earth

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Large, round balloon
  • Paintbrush
  • String or twine (optional)
  • 2 plastic buckets or containers


  • 2 - 4-ounce Elmer's Glue-All, #185297
  • Paper shop towels, #318717
  • Valspar Signature Paint in Splish Splash (#CI 257) and Tree Frog Green (#CI 244)

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Step 1

This project is messy, so minimize the mess by laying painter's plastic sheeting or old newspaper under your work surface. Blow the balloon up to the size you'd like your Earth to be. Place the balloon on a stable base, such as a small plastic bucket.

Step 2

Tear the paper towels into 1" wide strips. Don't worry if they rip unevenly. It helps to have some smaller and larger pieces.

Step 3

Pour one bottle of glue (4 ounces) into a container and add an equal amount of water. Stir. Add a handful of torn paper strips and let them soak up the glue-water mixture.

Step 4

Take one strip out at a time and run your fingers down it to remove the excess moisture. Then smooth over the balloon. Continue until you've finished a layer that covers the balloon except for a 3-inch hole around the knot. Let dry for about 24 hours. You may want to rotate the balloon to allow the paper to dry evenly.

Step 5

Repeat steps 2-4 to add a second layer of papier-mâché to the balloon. Let dry again.

Step 6

To paint the balloon, use blue for the ocean and green for the continents. Use a map or a globe as a guide to draw and place the continents. You may want to work on one hemisphere at a time to minimize mess. Let dry.

Step 7

Pop the balloon. Don't worry if the globe caves in a little. You can push it back out with your hand. If you'd like to hang the globe, punch a hole at the other end and hang using string or twine. If you'd like to seal up the bottom, make up some additional glue-water mixture and add a few more pieces of papier-mâché to cover the hole. Let dry, then paint.