FloraCraft 3D Solar System Wall Art

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by Dondi Richardson, FloraCraft

FloraCraft 3D Solar System Wall Art

The FloraCraft 3D Solar System Wall Art is a great project for your kid to make - whether it be for this year's science fair, their rec room, their bedroom - anywhere they want to feel inspired to shoot for the stars!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include the drying time for neither the paint nor the clay.
  • 2
    Cut all the balls in half. To find the center of the ball wrap a rubber band around the ball dividing it in half and mark along the edge of the rubber band with marker. Label all the parts on the back with marker to make them easy to identify: One half of the 8 inch ball is Jupiter. One half of the 8 inch ball is the Sun. One half of the 6 inch ball is Saturn, save other half for future project. One half of the 5 inch ball is Neptune, save other half for future project. One half of the 4 inch ball is Uranus, save other half for future project. One half of the 3 inch ball is Earth. One half of the 3 inch ball is Venus. One half of the 2-1/2 inch ball is Mercury. One half of the 2-1/2 inch ball is Mars. One half of the 2 inch ball is Pluto, save other half for future project.
  • 3
    Cover all the planets with the clay by rolling it out thin and pressing it onto the cut balls. Jupiter: blend Red and Yellow to make marbled Orange stripes, add stripes of White and stripes of Red alternating colors until covered, don’t forget to add the Red spot inch to Jupiter. Saturn: Blend Yellow and White to make a Pale Yellow, cover Saturn completely. Add stripes of White and Bisque to the planet. Saturn’s ring: cut about a 1/2 inch slice off the cut side of the half 8 inch ball you set aside for the sun. Cut this slice in half making two half circles, save one half for future project. Cut the other half into a 1 inch wide half ring that fits over the rounded side of Saturn with about a 1/2 inch clearance. Cover the ring with stripes of Pale Yellow, White and Bisque. Use toothpicks to attach the ring to Saturn. Neptune and Uranus: blend White and Blue to look like Cloudy Blue Sky, add extra White to Uranus to make it appear a Lighter Blue color. Venus: blend White and Yellow to make a Marbled Pale Yellow and White. Earth: first blend Yellow and Blue to make Green, blend in Earthtone and a little White Marbled to make land and clouds. Add land areas to the planet, add texture to clay to create terrain and then fill in around the land with blended White and Blue to make water. Mercury: blend Yellow, Blue and Earthtone to get a Dark Dirty Green, blend in Earthtone marbled throughout; add texture to clay to create a rocky surface. Mars: blend Red and Yellow to make a Dark Red Orange, add texture. Pluto: blend Bisque and a little Earthtone to make a Light Brown.
  • 4
    To make the Sun: Lay the clockworks centered on the flat side of the ball and draw around it with marker. Use a spoon to scoop out the square shaped box from the ball, be sure not to make the square too large as you want the clockworks to fit snugly. Make a hole through the center of the 8 inch disc with a sharp pencil so that the shaft of the clock is able to protrude out the face of the ball far enough to attach the hands. Remove the clockworks for now, it will be added again later. Cut each of the cones into four equal sections lengthwise from narrow end to wide end. Cut 1 inch off the wide end of eight of the cone sections. The last four longer sections will be placed at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Follow the instructions on the Styro Cutter Plus Plus packaging carefully to cut each cone section into a wavy pattern to simulate sun flares. Glue the four longer sections to the edge of the disc at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Glue the rest of the sections in place around the disc. Wrinkle sections of tin foil and wrap around each of the cone sections, and the disc completely with wrinkled tin foil. Secure any loose edges of tin foil with low temp glue gun. Cover the half ball with wrinkled tin foil. Paint all the tin foil parts with a coat of yellow paint. If you would like some of the tin foil to shine through, rub paint off gently with soft cloth while wet to expose the tin foil and allow to dry. Dry brush some Red paint to the raised areas of the tin foil to add dimension, let dry. Assemble clock into sun’s face following instructions on packaging; securely attach. Add Velcro to the back of the half ball and the face of the disc to secure the clock face to the disc. Brush all planets and sun with clear acrylic sealer and let dry. Use Velcro to attach the sun and planets to the wall (or if doing for a science fair,) to two pieces of poster board that are carefully glued together horizontally. You can move the planets as they orbit the sun.
  • 5
    Optional: cut stars of varying shapes and sizes from the Snowcap cardstock to create stars. Use Velcro to attach them to where project is being displayed.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:3 hours

Project Supplies

  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 8 inch 104183651
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 6 inch 104183647
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 5 inch 104183643
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 2 pc. 4 inch 104183639
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 3 inch 104183635
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2-1/2 inch 104183631
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2 inch 104183633
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Cone 3 inch x 6 inch 104179408 (3)
  • Floracraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Disc 8 inch 104179471
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. Red 104258465 (2)
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. Yellow 104258468 (2)
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. Blue 104258463 (2)
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. White 104258467 (2)
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. Green 104258460 (2)
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. Bisque 104258462 (2)
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay 4 oz. Earthtone 104258464 (2)
  • Tin Foil
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Primary Red 104106630 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Primary Yellow 104106632 (2)
  • DecoArt Americana 12 oz. Matte Sealer Spray 104549584
  • FloraCraft Styro Cutter Plus 104183609
  • FloraCraft Foam Cutter 6 inch 2 blade 104186311
  • Nicole™ Crafts School Brush Set 5 pc. 104120042
  • Rubber Bands
  • Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point Black 104128524
  • Toothpicks
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Velcro Sticky Back Tape 5 foot White 104236061
  • Scissors
  • Royal Consumer Products Poster Board 22 inch x 28 inch Blue 104132785 (2) (optional - see step 4)
  • Glue Dots Adhesives 1/2 inch 60 pc. 104142857 (optional - for adhering poster board)
  • Walnut Hollow Clock Kit in Style of Your Choice
  • Nicole™ Crafts Cardstock 12 inch x 12 inch Snowcap 104059198  (optional - see step 5)