We have partnered together with Elmer’s today to share this gorgeous black glue galaxy craft with you. I was compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.
Summer break is more than half way gone and the hot temps have made air conditioning our best friend these last couple weeks. If you’re looking for a fun activity to keep the kids busy indoors the next couple weeks before school starts look no further! This black glue galaxy craft is not only a gorgeous art project but it will keep kids busy and happy for hours. After making it they might even want to create some of our other black glue crafts like our pretty butterfly.
How to Make a Black Glue Galaxy Craft
With back to school coming quickly, now is the perfect time to stock up on Elmer’s School Glue when you are out doing your back-to-school shopping. Elmer’s School Glue is perfect for making arts and crafts projects year-round and the 4 oz. bottles help making small batches of black glue and slime a breeze.
- galaxy craft template (optional) <—–Download the Galaxy Craft Template here!
- Elmer’s School Glue
- black acrylic paint
- mixed media paper
- skewer or stick for stirring
- watercolors (We love liquid watercolors!)
- Elmer’s Glitter Glue Pens
1. Start by mixing together your black glue. To do this, use a bottle of Elmer’s School Glue that is about 75% full. Open the lid and squeeze in a generous amount of black acrylic paint. Put the lid back onto the school glue and then shake, shake, shake the bottle of glue for several minutes to incorporate as much of the black paint as possible.
2. Then remove the glue lid and give the mixture a stir using your skewer or stick. The end of a paintbrush works well for mixing too.
3. Before you begin tracing the template, test out the glue first on a napkin or separate piece of paper. Create some lines to experiment with the flow and spread of glue. Once you’re happy with the way the glue flows, download the free galaxy template and print out whichever galaxy picture you’d like to use on your mixed media paper.
4. Using a steady hand, trace the lines of the black glue galaxy craft with black glue. Don’t worry if the lines are not perfect or the glue pools a little, as this adds to the overall affect of the piece.
5. Leave the black glue to dry overnight. This step is important because if you paint your picture prior to the black glue drying your watercolors will mix with the black paint.
6. Once the black glue is completely dry, paint your picture with your watercolors.
7. Have fun playing around with the watercolors when you paint your galaxy. I love to outline sections with one color and then color in the middle with a different color. I did this when painting the different sections of the planets as you can see in the above picture.
To achieve the blue and black galaxy look around the planets, add a hefty stripe of blue watercolors on your paper. Then immediately use black watercolors to paint around the blue stripe. Allow the black to mix around the outline of the blue slightly so you don’t have a harsh edge.
8. After allowing the watercolors to dry, grab your Elmer’s Glitter Glue Pens. Use the different glitter glue pen colors to add details to your black glue galaxy craft such as a ring around your planet, extra bling in sections of your planets, stars and even colorful shooting stars. These Elmer’s Glitter Glue Pens are amazing because they are easy to use and you achieve the look of glitter without any of the mess!
I recommend layering several different colors of the glitter glue together when creating the ring around your planet as it creates a colorful galactic-looking swirl around the ring.
Your black glue galaxy craft is finished!