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How to make Paper Mache Planets

Updated on September 8, 2012

With the start of school, comes homework and projects. School projects will vary, but there are some that never change. One project that has lasted through the generations, is the solar system project. For years, youth have been expected to make a science project related to our solar system. There are many things that can be used, but for this article, I will give you step by step instructions for making paper mache’ planets.

What You Need

Old newspapers

1 cup of flour

2 cups of water

Acrylic or other types of paint, markers or even crayons

10 balloons


First, you should blow up all balloons and set aside, make sure to do different sizes for the different planet sizes. Then in a mixing bowl, mix flour and water together. Rip newspaper in to manageable strips and set aside.

Dip strips of newspaper into water/flour mixture and while shaking off excess moisture, smooth the strips onto the balloon. Repeat process until all balloons are covered by at least 2-3 layers of newspaper.

Set planets on pieces of newspaper to dry overnight.

When completely dried, pop the balloons and paint your planets.


The way you display your solar system can be very different. You could find a box and cut in half. Then use hangar and string to display the planets dangling. You could also merely glue them in orbit circles on a flat piece of cardboard as well. However you decide to display your planets, done right it will be an easy A and a great fun project to spend some time with your child.


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      Lakshmi kumar 15 months ago

      I love this project. Thank you.

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      Harry 22 months ago


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      ash khan 4 years ago

      its fun to do these types of projects

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      lisa 5 years ago


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      kaiyan717 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Love projects like this, super cheap, fun and messy! :)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I remember my elemtary days. It was fun and messy. I loved it.

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      jennyjenny 5 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      Cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

      This is an awesome project to do with the kids. Thanks for sharing.