Create Your Own Solar System Mobile

Create Your Own Solar System Mobile

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thread four pieces of elastic into the holes of the hanger and tie all four pieces together at the top of the elastic.

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Tie all the planets to the hanger, cut off any loose ends and it’s ready to hang in your kids’ bedroom.

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