How to Craft a Model of Saturn

by Christi Aldridge, Demand Media

    Crafting a model of the solar system is often a required part of childhood education. Saturn stands out among the other planets for its dramatically large, colorful rings. Make Saturn sizzle by creating a glittering model of the sixth planet from the sun.

    Step 1

    Paint both sides of a CD you don't want. This will become Saturn's rings. Use a paintbrush and acrylic paints to achieve the color patterns you'd like. Saturn is shown in photos as being a golden yellow color with a little orange here and there. The rings can be orange or yellow with gold glitter. To make painting easier, thread the CD onto a thin dowel rod or pencil while you paint and dry it.

    Step 2

    Sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint wherever you'd like, and allow the CD to dry while you decorate the foam ball. Avoid painting the center area right around the CD hole before the shiny part starts, to make it easier to glue the foam ball to this area later.

    Step 3

    Cut the hard foam ball in half with a craft knife.

    Step 4

    Paint both halves of the ball with paints or glitter. Stick a toothpick into the flat side of each half to serve as a handle while you paint the halves.

    Step 5

    Squeeze glue around the center of each side of the dry CD. Stick a toothpick through the center, and place one half of the ball on one end of the toothpick and the other half on the other end of the toothpick. Press the foam ball halves together onto the glue, CD in-between.

    Step 6

    Add some final touches of glitter glue wherever you want to make spots or lines on the rings or the planet itself. Allow Saturn to dry completely before displaying or adding to a solar system model.

    Tips & Warnings

    • You can hang Saturn using string or fishing line. First carefully insert a partly unwound paper clip or an ornament hanger into the top of the planet. Thread the string or line through it.

    About the Author

    Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.

    Photo Credits

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