For our astronomy unit, we made these fold-out solar system books using two 10″x30″ strips of light-weight watercolor paper cut from a large sheet. We adhered them together to make a fold-out book.
We placed the four outer planets on the outside panels and the inner planets on the inside panels with the sun being in the center of the folded book.
We used our Silhouette Cameo to size and cut the planets and labels.
We used “A Book About Planets and Stars” by Betty Polisar Reigot and The Usborne Internet-Linked Book of Astronomy and Space as reference books.
Other supplies were Fabriano watercolor paper, Derwent watercolor pencils and Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Pads. All available from
Tools used: Scissors, double-stick tape, stylus for folding paper, Sihouette Cameo and paint brushes.
This project took about a week. We read information on two planets a day, plus the sun and moon. We watercolored the planets, adhered them in the fold-out book and then wrote final drafts about each planet, the sun and the moon.
We made one sun at 10″ to fit snugly in the fold out book; we also made one that was 22″ that folded out. If you want it to scale, the sun would have to be about 120″.