How to Make a Foam Globe

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Use a foam ball to create a globe.
Use a foam ball to create a globe. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Create your own model globe to celebrate Earth Day, complete a solar system or use for a larger art or craft project. You can use a polystyrene ball as a base for a globe to use for any of these projects. The finished globe will be lightweight so that you can hang it up, or mount it on anything you like. Get the kids involved for a geography lesson, using a world map to correctly place Earth's land masses over the globe.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Foam ball
  • Blue acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Green adhesive foam sheet
  • Permanent marker
  • World map

Spread a layer of old newspaper over a steady flat surface and place your foam ball over it.

Paint the foam ball with a layer of blue acrylic paint. Apply it with a paintbrush and allow the paint to dry for about 30 minutes.

Draw the continents onto a sheet of green adhesive craft foam with a permanent marker. Use a world map or another globe as a guide for your continent shapes.

Cut out the continents with scissors.

Remove the paper backing from the continents to expose the sticky layer of adhesive. Press the continents in place over the foam ball, according to the world map.

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