You don’t need to spend a lot of money on an expensive globe; you can craft your own globe at home using a balloon and some paper mache. However, once you’ve made your globe, you will need a sturdy stand to hold and display it. You can easily build a stand at home and customize it with different paint colors or finishes.
Things You'll Need
- One cup of flour
- Five cups of water
- Wooden spoon
- Two paper plates
- Gold paint
- Paint brush
- Toilet paper tube
Gather all of the materials you'll need to build your stand and have them prepared in advance.
Pour one cup of flour and one cup of water into a bowl and mix it completely.
Pour four cups of water into a saucepan and bring it to boil. Add the flour and water mixture to the boiling water. Turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for two to three minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. Place a cover over the pot if you want it to boil faster.
Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. Remove it from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Once the mixture and pot have cooled completely, pour the mixture onto the wooden, plastic or glass cutting board. Use your formica countertop as long as it is clean.
Glue two paper plates facing back-to-back together to create the stand.
Cut a piece of cardboard into four-inch squares to provide weight for your stand. You need at least four or five squares to make your stand.
Glue one side of one cardboard square to the paper plates. Glue another square on top of that and continue the process until there are a total of four or five squares glued one on top of the other.
Wait for the glue to dry, and cut a one-inch slit into the end of an empty toilet roll. Fold the slits outward.
Turn the paper plate over so the bottom is facing upwards.
Apply glue to the slits in the cardboard tube and press it down onto the center of the plate, over the cardboard pieces. Let it dry completely.
Insert the bottom of the balloon globe into the tube. No glue is necessary because the paper mache that you will put on will keep it together.
Cut a newspaper into one-inch strips and dip the strips into the flour glue. Use your finger to squeeze out the excess glue. Attach the paper strips to the base and to the balloon to create a seamless look for the base and the balloon globe. Apply a second layer of newspaper strips to the globe and let it dry completely. It may take up to two hours to dry.
Apply the paper strips to the globe base and paint over them with gold paint to create a snazzy-colored base. Use blue, green and yellow paint to paint the water and continents on the globe.