Saturday, January 23, 2016

Our DIY Solar System Mobile



The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile

Our nice big square dining table is now officially our recreational table- thanks to our breakfast table in the kitchen where we do all the eating. I recently bought a plastic-y table cover to protect the table from paint and scratches and laid out our various pens, brushes, and what not in the many many Pringle cans turned into pen stands on the window sill. I love window sills. We have a large bookshelf on the other side. We also have another kid sized table and chair which we keep far far away in the terrace area- for messy paint and glitter. - So the mess is out of sight and out of mind. 

The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile

The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile


I still miss my no fuss Art Studio in India - where I really meant it when I said “do whatever you want” but this recreational table is for the whole family. We sit with our laptops to work, or paint or learn Spanish with our tutor. That’s our idea of parallel play! We each are absorbed in our own activities while sitting next to each other! 

I found a set of styrofoam/thermocol solar system in the stationary section in the mall. How cool is that! If I’d seen it earlier I’d use these for our earlier Solar System Project with Pumpkin. These little ones are so light that they could be used to hang from our lamps over our recreational table.


The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile


I’d already hung some pretty stars and adding some planets seemed to make sense. 


The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile


I wouldn’t have bothered with paint if my son didn’t enjoy painting and would’ve just doused em all in glitter straight away. If you think it’s easy peasy- let me tell you that it’s not. It’s a two day project to be done leisurely! We painted it twice and sprinkled glitter dust - allowing plenty time in between to dry. Then I ‘sewed’ thread with a needle through each planet and taped the other end of the thread with magic tape on the inside of each lamp. And that’s about it.


The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile
Look at these Glittery Balls! I wasn't totally crazy considering using these are our christmas tree ornaments! def next time!

The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile

The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile

The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile

The Practical Mom: Our DIY Solar System Mobile



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11 comments:

  1. love the glitz and glam on your solar system! My grandson has an outer space room and would love one of these mobiles!

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  2. Great project :) Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share!

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  3. How pretty! I can definitely see these as holiday ornaments too! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!

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  4. I love your solar system, but even more, I love that you are teaching your children to be creative.

    Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

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  5. Cute! I love this and pinned it to my homeschooling board!

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  6. You're a brave soul to work with that much glitter! It is adorable and I'm going to re-create it for the outer space party we're throwing for the littles! Glad I found you on this week's blog hop, am now tagging along, and look forward to reading more.
    Karen
    http://wanderlust-wishlist.blogspot.com/

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    1. Well yes I'm brave! & now that these balls are hung over our table we have glitter sprinkle bit by bit every day ....lol...there's always glitter on the table!

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  7. My daughter LOVES the solar system, she would love this. Now to find a pack near me :)

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  8. I love this. I can remember making them as a kid. Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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  9. Thanks every one for the lovely comments, I always look forward to them :)

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