Easy Planet Craft: 3D Paper Planets

Want to turn a simple sheet of paper into some 3 dimensional magic? If you have little astronomers in the making, this easy planet craft for kids, Paper Planets, is a great exercise in paper crafting AND looks pretty cool as a hanging decoration in any future astronaut’s bedroom!

3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.I first stumbled across this idea in one of my favorite books The Best of Making Things: A Hand Book of Creative Discovery as part of their the 3D paper objects section.  I thought these looked wonderfully “cosmic” and had the double bonus of being an excellent fine motor skills craft.

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Planet Craft: Paper Planets

Materials

  • Thick Colored PaperThis paper would make beautiful planets!
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Circular objects Used to trace circle shapes
  • StringGlue
  • Hole Punch

Optional to make it glow:

Instructions

3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.

  • Step One Trace circular objects on your paper. We used some cans and food containers. Cut out circles.
  • Step Two Fold one circle in half.
  • Step three Cut a slit down the center of the circle stopping short of the edge by about 1/4″.
  • Step Four Cut slits in additional circles.
  • Step Five Take an uncut circle and begin sliding the slit circles onto it.
  • Step Six Continue adding slit circles until you get the shape you want. If you cut different sizes of circles you can layer them on the main disc.

3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.

  • Step Seven Add a little glue if you want at the connection points to secure everything in place.
  • Step Eight Optional Using a Q-tip or paintbrush add glow in the dark paint to your finished planet. Your best bet for glow in the dark effects is to paint dots of paint onto the planets. We tried painting some of our circles with a coat of paint so that the whole planet would glow evenly but when the paint thins out it’s less effective. The paint does not dry entirely clear so make sure you paint it on nicely. I obviously didn’t do that here!

3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.

  • Step Nine Punch a  hole in the top of the main disc
  • Step Ten Thread your string through the hole and hang.
You’re done! This is a really easy craft for kids to make on their own too! 3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that also introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.7 Paper Toys to make and enjoy!

What I found most valuable about this paper planet craft was the introduction to 3D forms using a simple 2D material: Paper. Most people do not think of paper as a 3 dimentional material but with a few cuts and folds it is one of the best materials you can use to quickly and easily create interesting 3 dimensional shapes.

3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.

If this project piques your child’s (or your own) interest in what you can make with PAPER check out these 60 Rockin’ Paper Crafts for even more projects to try using this humble material.

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3D Paper Planets: A simple planet craft for kids that introduces them to the magic of turning a 2D material into a 3D object.

 

Comments

  1. says

    I love this! It is so different from the usual paper crafts – especially at a level for kids. Your glow-in-the-dark effect is a nice finishing touch too!
    Visiting from Diana’s party…..

    • Ana Dziengel says

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for stopping by! I actually made them with heavyweight paper similar to construction paper so I think construction paper would also work. Let me know how it goes!
      Ana

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