I wanted to make something for Mr 7, but didn’t want it to be entirely ‘from scratch’. We found this “Create your own Planet” kit, which I happily gave to Mr 7 for him to start without me and asked him to call me if he needed help. He did require assistance when it came to stabbing a hole through the foam balls with wire.
Begin by painting the foam balls. We found the paint in the kit wasn’t sticking to the foam, Mr 7 was making blobs on the ball rather than painting them. That’s when I came in (and thinking this was a project he could do mostly himself). I suggested that we use my acrylic paint, which worked much better.
Once the foam balls are completely dry, cut the elastic provided into different lengths; I guesstimated the lengths required. Tie one piece of elastic into a knot at the end of the wire which was provided in the kit.
Pearce the foam ball with the wire at the base of the ball and push through to the top of the ball, I did make some unwanted creators in my first few attempts. Pull the wire through with the elastic, don’t pull the elastic all the way through, leave a bit at the base to tie a knot or use sticky tape to hold the elastic. Repeat with each ball. Place the cardboard rings over the foam balls.
Thread four pieces of elastic into the holes of the hanger and tie all four pieces together at the top of the elastic.
Tie all the planets to the hanger, cut off any loose ends and it’s ready to hang in your kids’ bedroom.