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Make a Corona Virus Covid-19 Model

This is an easy to make model with just a few basic supplies.

This is a quick and easy, yet accurate, model to make. You can have it done in an hour.

I use information
directly from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for accuracy.

Get more information here:



The completed model

Here is the CDC image we use to make our model. It is aa public domain image and you are free to use it for your project too! https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=23313


Note the color scheme of the three different proteins. I believe this is just an artists choice because in doing research I found many different images with varying colors. For our model we will duplicate the colors in this cdc image.




  • Materials and tools:
  • Foam or styrofoam ball 4-8 inches in diameter Available on Amazon here
  • 1 wooden dowel about 8 inches long (you can use a pencil for this if needed)
  • 1 block of foam for the base
  • 40 golf tees
  • Glue is optional
  • Paints: Orange, Yellow, Red, Grey
  • I ended up using some glow in the dark paint too


Pierce the dowel into the ball and then into the base. You can add glue or hot glue to make it nice and sturdy. Be sure it stands up of it's own accord. We want to assemble it like this first because it makes it much easier to paint.


Cut 12 golf tees to about an inch in length and stick them in the model in random places.

Paint eight of them orange (N Protein) and 4 of them yellow (E Protein)


Next stick a whole lot of full sized golf tees into the model at random spaces. Do around 30 of them. (S proteins)


Paint them red.

Then add a label with a key. A key is a table or chart that gives understanding of the model. For our key I stuck a yellow golf tee in it and labeled it as an E Protein, an orange golf tee is labeled N Protein and a red tee is labeled S Protein.

Also add a label for the whole model: "COVID-19"


That's it! Your model is done and accurate. I went the extra mile and painted it over again with glow in the dark paints.



These are the same foam balls, in the same size that I use. The color is different.

Floracraft Foam Balls 3.8 inch diameter on Amazon








Caption for the cdc illustration:
created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which
impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically.
In this view, the protein particles E, S, and M, also located on the outer surface of the particle, have all been labeled as well.
A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.
The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Content Providers(s): CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS
Creation Date: 2020
Photo Credit: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS
Copyright Restrictions: None -
This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.
As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.
If you make this project be sure to send me a picture. I will put it on my website and email you a certificate of contribution.
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