Nature Solar System

This is a wonderful nature craft resource for studying the solar system. 

(clay still drying - I will include an updated photo when it is dry)

What you will need:

  • Air dry clay (whichever colour you would prefer)
  • Thin sticks, cut up
  • Gum nuts in a variety of sizes
  • Twine (we used out natural hemp twine)
  • Gem gravel (optional, for decoration to the base)
  • Watercolour paints
  • Mod podge (optional, to seal and provide a light gloss finish)
  • Glue

How to make your nature solar system:

  1. Choose which gum nuts you would like to use for the sun, planets and the moon. You can paint these before you add them to the clay or carefully once they are in. I find using watercolours don't take awayfrom the beauty of the gum nuts. If you would like to seal them or add a slight gloss you can paint them with a coat of mod podge.
  2. Roll out a chunk of air dry clay into a thick slab. Add a little water to make it smoother if needed.
  3. Once you have your clay ready, start putting in your cut up think stick pieces, starting from the sun, onwards. Put your gum nuts carefully onto the sticks. Gluing them on is optional. 
  4. Once you have the gum nuts all in place, get small pieces of extra clay, and wrap them around the bottom of each stick to help create support. Use a tiny of water to smooth everything out. You can use the end of a stick to carefully blend these clay bits into your base. 
  5. To make saturns rings, cut a small piece of twine. Glue one end onto your saturn gum nut, find another point opposite to apply a small bit of glue, then glue the end piece to meet the starting point.
  6. Push gem gravel into the base carefully for extra decoration. 
  7. Allow to dry and your nature solar system is all ready!