Make Your Own Rocket Out of a Box


What you’ll need:

  • An old cardboard box – upcycle a box that has had a delivery in it
  • Acrylic Paints – a great way to use up left over paint in the shed, or order test pots from Resene
  • Paint Brushes
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Optional: coloured tissue paper

 Always keep an eye on your little one as they play. 

 Step 1:

 Cut out a rectangle of cardboard 23cm x 28cm from your box, however, you can make it any size you’d like.

 Step 2:

 Depending how thick your cardboard is you may need to mold it into the tube shape, sticking it down with tape along the long edge.

Step 3:

 From the remaining cardboard cut out a circle 20cm in diameter or the diameter of  the molded rectangle you’ve cut.

 Step 4:

 Cut into the middle of the circle and mold into a cone shape.  Attach this to the top of your rocket with tape.

Step 5:

 Using leftover cardboard, trim a wing shape.  Then cut a slit from the top down.  Hold the wing against the rocket and mark where the slit ends, cut upwards from there and then attach the wing by slotting it into place.  Repeat for the second wing.

Step 6:

Once both wings are attached it’s time to paint on some windows for the astronauts to look out of!

Step 7:

To add some extra whoosh to your rocket, cut up some tissue paper (or parcel packaging as we have used) and attach inside the bottom ready for take off.


Your rocket is complete. 

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