For me when I see hanging baubles my mind goes to the giant orbs of our solar system, the planets. So why not make the most of that and make a solar-system inspired Christmas tree? First job, to the local stuff shop to locate some spheres of different sizes.
|Two sizes of Baubles and a few ping-pong balls to start with.|
Whilst out I armed myself with some packets of play-doh in order to get some nice bright colours to the tree. I'd originally only planned to make the gas giants - but perhaps Uranus and Neptune were too easy?
|I covered the medium-sized bauble with a layer of green play-doh to be Uranus.|
So I got really stuck in and inspired to represent the clouds of Jupiter, ending up with this, complete with it's giant red spot.
I wasn't sure how much detail I could squeeze on a ping-pong ball, but I'm pretty happy with my representation of our little planet Earth.
Each of the play-doh baubles I covered with a layer of 50/50 mixed PVA glue and water to finish them off and to stop the dough from drying out. Here are the final products.
|The gas giants, from top Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.|
|And the terrestrial planets, from top Mercury, Venus, Eartha and Mars.|
|Glitter balls are my asteroids and the Norwegian flags are my ice line|
|The snowflake beyond Neptune, standing in for the Kuiper belt.|
We've topped the whole thing off with some solar powered Christmas lights (only in Australia, huh!) and with a few parcels arriving from overseas I'm really beginning to feel seasonal. I wonder how mulled wine is at 30 degrees?