Kids DIY Globe

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DIY globe made from styrofoam

My son LOOOOOVVEEES maps and learning all there is about them and about traveling. He has a fascination with it, and his whole room is decorated in that theme. The one thing he didn’t have was a globe and he really wanted one that would hang from his ceiling. I knew that the best thing would be let him help make one to display and I’m so glad that I did because he absolutely loves it, and the teaching aspect of creating it was so beneficial. 

DIY globe made from styrofoam

Supplies:

  • 10 inch FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® foam ball
  • FloraCraft® Smooth Finish
  • StyroGlue®
  • FloraCraft® Eyelet Screw
  • Paint
  • Vinyl
  • Cutting Machine
  • Wire

DIY globe made from styrofoam

I started by hanging the foam ball up, making it easier to work on all sides, including the bottom. To do this I used an eyelet screw with some styroglue into the top of the ball.

DIY globe made from styrofoam

Then I twisted some wire around the eyelet and used enough to also tie it from the light fixture in our dining room!

DIY globe made from styrofoam

Next I started crafting by coating the foam ball in 2 layers of smooth finish, letting the first layer dry a few hours before applying the second. Then I let it set overnight to get completely dry. 

DIY globe made from styrofoam

After it is completely dry, I used a sanding block to smooth out any tall peaks or distinct lines in the smooth finish. I left it bumpy for the “waves” and “mountains”.

DIY globe made from styrofoam

Then I used a blue spray paint to un-evenly spray the water on the globe; some lighter and some deeper blue. Don’t worry, I sprayed it outside and then came back inside to hang it to dry.

DIY globe made from styrofoam

Once it was dry I cut the continents out of vinyl using my cricut air machine. The vinyl doesn’t stick completely because of the rough surface, but it sticks enough to get a good trace of it! I used a green thin sharpie to trace the edges, knowing that the color would match our land paint!

DIY globe made from styrofoam

Once all the continents were traced onto the globe, it was time for the 7 year old to show off his mad painting skills. I was really impressed with how well he actually did.

DIY globe made from styrofoam

 While he painted the continents we talked about each one, we talked about the oceans that surrounded it and the countries that are inside each one. I was surprised to hear the things he already knew about the world. But even more I loved seeing the excitement on his face as he looked at his completed globe. 

DIY globe made from styrofoam DIY globe made from styrofoam DIY globe made from styrofoam

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