Earth Day Black Glue Craft -a stunning planet earth activity

Celebrate earth day on 22nd April by making a planet earth craft with the kids. Making this stunning earth day black glue craft whilst talking about our earth is a great way of introducing young children to the idea that our beautiful earth is very precious and we need to look after it. Use our free earth printable template to create the earth shape in this craft and complete the craft by drawing around your hands.


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.



It is important for children to recognise how amazing our planet is but also how fragile it is and this earth craft is a great place to start. The handprints (or cut out hand shapes) in this earth day activity perfectly represent the idea that the earth is in our hands. It is down to us to look after our planet and children need to know that they can make a difference. 

Whilst doing this earth day craft children can be thinking about our beautiful planet. Here are a few earth day questions for them to think about.


Earth Day Questions for Kids


What do you love about our earth?
Where is your favourite place on earth?
Why is it important to care about our earth?
What can you do to help our earth?
How can you make a difference?


Whilst thinking about our beautiful planet it would be fun to get outside and do some nature inspired activities like painting with nature paintbrushes or making a flower suncatcher

I have fallen in love with the earth day craft that we are sharing today as firstly I love the effect of black glue and watercolour and secondly I love the idea of including childrens handprints to make it more personal. 

This craft is great for kids of all ages but toddlers and younger preschoolers would need to have some help with the black glue outline.  If using black glue makes this craft a little more time consumming than you wanted you could of course just colour or paint the earth template. 


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You will need:


  • Glue
  • Black paint
  • Watercolours
  • Cardstock 
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Paint Brush 


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.



How to make black glue


Black glue crafts look really effective as the black glue outline creates a clear bold line and acts as a barrier to stop the paint spreading. Making black glue is easy, just follow the instructions below. 


  1. Open the top of a half empty bottle of glue. 
  2. Squirt a good amount of black paint into the bottle. The glue will look a dark cloudy grey. 
  3. Put the lid back on the glue and shake it well. 


If for any reason the glue is not shaking together, squeeze the glue into a cup, mix the paint and glue together and then use a funnel to pour the black glue back into the bottle.


How to make black glue art




Earth Day Black Glue Craft


Download and print out the earth template available at the bottom of the page.  There are also hand templates included if you would like to use them but I think it is much nicer for a child to draw around their own hands. 


Free earth printable template for black glue earth day craft

Trace the outline of the earth with black glue. Allow the glue to dry completely. You could put it in the sun for about an hour or you can let it dry overnight. (If you don't have time for this step consider just painting or colouring in the earth template).


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.

Cut out the earth and then paint it using blue and green watercolors.  The black glue will act as a barrier to keep the colours from bleeding into each other. 


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.

Allow the paint to dry completely. Cut out a small red heart from cardstock. Trace around your hands on cardstock and cut them out. (Alternatively you could use the hand shape on our printable template) 


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.

Glue the earth onto the hands and finally complete this stunning planet earth activity by gluing the heart onto the earth.


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.


Your Earth Day craft is finished! You have the whole world in your hands! 


Black glue earth day craft - use the free earth printable template to make an easy planet earth craft for kids.

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Have fun making your earth day black glue craft.  The resulting planet earth artwork looks stunning and I love the idea of kids drawing around their own hands to make a more personal craft.

If the world is in their hands what can they do to make a difference? 

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