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DIY Solar System

by Suzanne Madron

modelRemember those solar system science projects from grade school? This solar system gets an upgrade while also being a fun kid-friendly project.

Van Gogh’s Starry Night influenced the solar system in this project, using swirls of bright colors, but it is just as easily adapted for a more realistic looking solar system as well. 

Supplies: 

  • Foam balls of varying sizes for the planets. It is recommended to have a few extra if you plan to make the moon, etc. it is definitely a good plan to have extras in case of painting mishaps. 
  • Wooden or metal skewer rods 
  • Board canvas large and enough to hold your solar system, or several if you plan to stretch the system over multiple canvases for effect 
  • Acrylic paint (a typical set which includes the colors of the rainbow, plus black, brown, and white) 
  • Paint brushes of various sizes
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