make your own saturn

What you need:

  • One unwanted compact disc
  • One 2-inch diameter styrofoam ball, carefully cut in half with a sharp knife body
  • White glue
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Small paint brush
  • Glitter—silver, gold, black or any other colours you want
  • Thread—black or other colours (optional)
  • Needle—nosed pliers or scissors
  • Small paper clip
  • Thread

If you can find an unwanted CD or DVD, you can make your own jewel in the sky!

You can make a lovely model of Saturn and her rings. You can hang your model Saturn from the ceiling and watch it turn with the air currents.

Step 1: The CD will become Saturn's rings. Decorate one side with glitter, but try not to get glitter in the center part of the CD as this is where you will be gluing the styrofoam ball. Use the paintbrush to carefully spread glue on the CD. If you want to make it look like some of the rings are silver and some gold, spread the glue only where you want to put the first colour, then sprinkle the glitter on the wet glue. Let it dry completely. Then repeat for the remaining areas. Use as many different colors as you want - Just make sure to let the glue dry completely.

Step 2: Now decorate the planet: Stick a cocktail stick into the flat side of each half of the styrofoam ball to give yourself a handle. Use the paintbrush to apply glue and glitter on the round part of each half, as you did for the CD. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 3: Put them together: Take the cocktail stick out of one of the styrofoam halves. On the other half, make sure the cocktail stick is stuck exactly into the center and push it in until it starts to poke out the top. Spread glue around the centre of the decorated side of the CD. Pick up the CD and place the styrofoam half with the cocktail stick exactly in the centre of the CD, cocktail stick sticking through the hole. Now push the other styrofoam half onto the cocktail stick sticking out of the hole on the other side of the CD. When both halves are flat against the CD, a small part of the cocktail stick will be sticking out one of Saturn’s "poles." Break it off with pliers or scissors.

Step 4: Open out a small paper clip leaving a hook at one end only. Decide which half of Saturn you want to be the top. Since Saturn's axis is tilted 27 degrees, stick the paperclip into the top about ½ inch away from the centre (where the cocktail stick comes through). Angle the paperclip so it passes through the hole in the CD and helps hold the two styrofoam halves together.When you hang your Saturn up, and it turns in the breeze, you will see the "rings" from different angles, just as we see the real Saturn at different angles from Earth.

Step 5: Tie any length of thread to the paperclip and hang your model wherever you like.