Art for Kids: Glowing Paper Planets

by on February 24, 2013

If you have little astronomers in the making and are looking for a fun and easy planet craft for kids, making Paper Planets definitely fits the bill and the results are amazing!

I found this idea in one of my ever-favorite books The Best of Making Things: A Hand Book of Creative Discovery; they were listed as Star Balls but I thought they looked much more like planets. Plus that’s how I enticed my kids to try this project out, “C’mon guys, we’re going to make glowing planets for your room.” We just got the kids bunk beds and I’m trying to get them excited about actually sleeping in them! I thought maybe we could hang these from the ceiling and under the upper bunk for some nighttime wonderment…I don’t have a verdict back on whether they are enticing enough but I’ll keep you posted.

Anyhoo, here’s the tutorial on this super easy craft for kids and adults alike; I could easily see these double as party decorations….

Glowing Paper Planets


  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Circular objects to trace
  • Glue
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Paint optional
  • Q-tips or paintbrushes optional
  • Hole Punch
  • String


  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

I tried to get a shot of the glow-in the dark look but I have to admit it was impossible for me to capture…it looks really good though!


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Monsterscircus February 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

Wow an awsome project! And there’s so many way to costumize it with printed paper also. Didn’t knew that book, Thanks for the tip!


Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART February 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Sjovt at se dig her :)


Ana Dziengel February 25, 2013 at 5:03 am

Thanks! Using different papers really opens the possibilities up!


Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART February 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

What a terrific project. I will definitely show my son this project. Love it!!


Ana Dziengel February 25, 2013 at 5:04 am

Thanks Katja!


Any Mayen March 1, 2013 at 8:02 am

How cool! These would be neat for a party too! Found you @Diana Rambles:)


Ana Dziengel March 2, 2013 at 5:32 am

Thanks Amy!


Joyce March 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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 March 2, 2013 at 5:33 am

Thanks Joyce! Glow-In-The-Dark paint is a lot of fun to work with!


Diana Rambles March 3, 2013 at 6:22 am

What a fabulous project!! Thanks for linking up to my Linky Party!


Linda May 20, 2013 at 7:33 am

Fun idea…and great site!!!


Cassi July 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Such an amazing result with just a few simple cuts! I love it and will be featuring it on The Crafty Crow!
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Ana Dziengel July 30, 2013 at 4:32 am

Thanks so much Cassi! I love the Crafty Crow and am excited to be featured! You rock!


Amy August 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

It looks like you made this with card stock. Do you think it would still work with construction paper?


Ana Dziengel August 19, 2013 at 5:41 am

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!


Kanthi January 10, 2014 at 9:24 am

This particular paper craft looks so unique.I will certainly try and let you know how my little tiny tots enjoyed.


Ana Dziengel January 13, 2014 at 4:27 am

Please do Kanthi! Post a pic on our FB age of the finished product. I’d love to see it!


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