Papier-Mache Globe – The New York Times

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With the 51st anniversary of Earth Day approaching, many people will be celebrating the planet and focusing on what they can do to protect it. One way to remind yourself of Earth’s beauty is to make a light-up globe — from recycled newspaper, of course.

This project was adapted from one on, created by the blogger Tammy Dube. It’s an easy activity that’s great for children and adults alike. Once your globe is made, light it from within — make sure to use a battery-powered candle.

Step 1

Inflate the balloon to the size of a cantaloupe. This will be the base for the globe, so the bigger the balloon the larger the lamp. Set the balloon in a cup with the tied end pointing down.

Step 2

To prepare the papier-mâché, mix the flour and water until the lumps are gone. Tear the newspaper into one-inch strips.

Step 3

Working with one strip at a time, dip the paper in the flour mixture until it is coated, and use two fingers to wipe off any excess. Place the paper strips on the balloon, completely covering the surface up to the rim of the cup. The bottom of the balloon does not need to be covered in papier-mâché.

Step 4

Using your hands, spread a thin layer of papier-mâché mixture over the newspaper-covered balloon. While still wet, place layers of tissue paper on the surface to create the look of a globe, making some areas blue and some green to resemble oceans and continents.

Step 5

Let dry for 24 hours. Once dry, use the bamboo skewer to pop the balloon and remove it from the globe.

Step 6

Use scissors to cut the bottom opening to an even line so it will sit flat on a table or shelf.

Step 7

Using the bamboo skewer, poke holes in the green continents to resemble lights. You can vary the size and density of the holes to represent cities and rural areas.

Step 8

Place a battery-powered candle inside and turn off the lights to see your globe light up as you might see it from space.


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