Learn how to make a papier mache moon nightlight.
Isn’t this papier mache moon nightlight neat? Six-year-old Emma made it all by herself – with materials and instructions provided by Babbabox. Sadly, the company no longer seems to be in business, at least not in this format. But you can still enjoy the craft!
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How to Make a Papier Mache Moon
This paper mache moon is lit from the inside with a small battery-powered tea light. The only other materials you need are lightweight paper (think packing paper or tissue paper), water, and school glue.
Blow up the balloon. Mix up at glue + water mixture. I think ours was about 50% water, 50% glue, but this ratio will vary based on how thick your glue is.
I grew up using flour and water paste to make papier mache. The glue and water solution worked really well – and this way you don’t have to worry about attracting small animals with your creation!
Emma started off with tiny, neat squares of paper, but soon decided that big strips were the way to go! It makes for a somewhat messy-looking moon (see the top photo), but she likes it and that’s what matters! You could even argue that the bigger pieces created more of a moon crater look!
It will take at least 24 hours for your moon to dry. Once it is dry, carefully remove the balloon and insert the tea light. This moon makes a wonderful night light!
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