earth art

This lickety-split Earth Day art project is a quick, fun project for all ages. It’s very easy and chances are you have these items on hand.


  • paper coffee filters
  • washable markers
  • spray bottle with water


  1. earth art 6Using washable marker pens in blues and greens, color your coffee filter with continents and oceans. Although it can be fun to think about the shapes of the Earth’s real continents and try to draw them accurately, this isn’t at all important. You just want to create a “blue-green marble,” like our planet as seen from outer space. NOTE: Marker ink seeps quickly into the coffee filter, which is meant to absorb moisture; you don’t have to worry about the white space in between marker strokes.

  2. When you are satisfied with your continents and oceans, lay your coffee filter down flat on your table surface and spray it lightly with water from the spray bottle. The ink will begin to run together and spread, like a watercolor painting. NOTE: earth art 5don’t spray too much water on the earth; if you do, the colors may get very mixed and muddy.

  3. Leave your wet earth on the table top to dry. We did ours outside and they were dry within 20 minutes or so. As soon as your earths are dry, they can be taped up in a window. If they are too wrinkly for your taste, gently iron them on medium heat (and without any water spray or steam).

  4. Happy Earth Day!

Sara Wilson is a blogger (Love in the Suburbs), book editor, and mother of two young boys. She is a regular contributor to Little Acorn Learning Waldorf-inspired e-books, such as the Late Spring Festivals E-Book, which includes more inspiring Earth Day, May Day, and Mother's Day crafts and celebration ideas. Sara loves celebrating creative festivals with her family and yours.

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