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I had this grand idea, you know, where I was going to paper mache some foam balls and turn them into a model solar system, and in the process teach the kids about outer space and our “home” system. It was going to be awesome. And then my kids told me no, they weren’t interested in that all at, and effectively broke my heart, ha ha ha. Oh well, they’re still little, so I’ll let it slide this time. Instead of building a model solar system, we built a paper mache balls and fabric mobile for the baby’s room!
What you need:
I don’t have any newspaper lying around, so when it comes to paper mache, I like to use Scott Tissue because it’s the brand of toilet paper we prefer, and it works great to make a well-textured, but soft mache. Right now you can grab a great coupon using Kmart’s Shop Your Way Rewards, so get shopping!
To start, I tear off strips of Scott Tissue and fold them twice to make them four-ply in thickness.
I stir together a 1:1 mixture of Mod Podge and water and start applying a thin layer to a foam ball.
Press the tissue gently over the foam ball where the Mod Podge is, then use more Mod Podge to paint the remaining tissue onto the ball.
Keep adding tissue until the ball is covered, then allow to dry completely. You can add multiple layers of tissue, just be sure to dry completely before adding another layer.
Once the paper mache balls are dry, you can paint! Choose whatever colors you’d like and get to work!
There is quite a difference in the way a paper mache ball and regular foam ball looks when painted, which is why I prefer to paper mache them in the first place. It’s smoother, uses less paint, and looks better, I think. Judge for yourself!
While the paint is drying, prep the mobile by grabbing your metal hoop and fabric. You can use any fabric, just cut it into 1 inch strips.
Fold the fabric strip, either in half, or by 1/4, however you’d like to create the length you want, then wrap it around the metal hoop. Stick a couple fingers through the folded fabric to open it up.
Push the fabric ends through the loop and pull it tight.
Repeat with all your fabric until you like the look.
Next, grab your paper mache balls, string and push pins. Tie one end of string around the push pin and press it into the top of each ball. Then take the other end of the string and tie it onto the metal hoop in various places and at various lengths.
Once you’ve attached all your fabric and paper mache balls, tie on some twine for hanging, find the perfect spot, and hang it up!
Since I am sure you want to make your own paper mache balls and fabric mobile now, you can head to Kmart, where I purchase my Scott Tissue, and grab some for yourself. Check out Kmart’s Shop Your Way Rewards for great coupon offers on Scott Tissue products this week, while supplies last!