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Kid's Glow-in-the-dark Solar System Project

Kid's Glow-in-the-Dark Solar System Project
August 2001

© Copyright 2001 by AOK Corral Craft and Gift Bazaar All rights reserved.
These projects are for your personal use only and may not be republished or copied.

Materials Needed:
  • One piece, 2 yards long, Black Denim Fabric
  • 6-9 Bowls with various diameters
  • Paint Brush (1/2" wide)
  • Glowing Fabric Paints (Multiple Colors)
  • Pencil

Solar System Information:

Each planet is listed in order from the sun, with size and color information to help in picking out bowl sizes for the circles, and picking out paint colors. For more information about each planet go to http://www.solarviews.com/eng/homepage.htm

The number next to the planet name indicates the order of the 9 planets from largest to smallest:

Mercury - 8
4,878 km diameter
Dark Gray

Venus - 6
12,104 km diameter
Multi-colored oranges and yellows white clouds

Earth - 5
12,756 km diameter
Blue & Green
1 moon

Mars - 7
6,792 km diameter
2 moons

Jupiter - 1 = Largest
143,844 km diameter
Yellow & Red bands of gases
16 moons

Saturn - 2
120,536 km diameter
Beige with gas rings
18 moons

Uranus - 3
51,118 km diameter
Turquoise color
18 moons

Neptune - 4
49,532 km diameter
Deep Blue
8 moons

Pluto - 9 = Smallest
2,300 km diameter
unknown color
1 moon

  • Take your 2 yards of black denim fabric, open it out flat, then cut in down the middle along the full 72 inches. (Your finished piece should measure 72" long and either 22 1/2" high or 30" high, depending on the fabric width.)
  • Stretch out one piece on a table or somewhere flat where it will be able to sit and dry for 12-24 hours.
  • Draw in a piece of the sun in the corner, as your starting point.
  • Using your various bowl sizes to create the planets, draw pencil lines around the bowls at the placement of each planet. (The planets are listed above in their correct order from the sun.)
  • Color in each of the planets with glowing fabric paints. (You can make this a fun learning project and go to the website above to learn more about planet features to help paint them with more individual characteristics.)
  • Add stars, comets, space ships etc...
  • Let dry for about 24 hours.

Tack it up on the ceiling, turn out the lights and enjoy your trip through space!

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