How to Make a Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship
Create plenty of play and astral adventures for your little space people with this simple and quick space rocket made from cardboard tubes.
Suitable for : Beginners
Time to make : One hour
1. Select your cardboard tubes – we picked two small and two medium pieces. Start by making the compartment for your little spaceman (we built ours to fit a happyland figure, but lego or duplo figures would fit too!). Take a piece of card and draw around the base of one of the tubes. Remove the tube then draw another rough circle, about a centimetre bigger than the tube, around the first circle. Repeat this step.
2. Cut out these out, then make little snips to the small circle and fold these in to form tabs.
3. Tape the circles into the bottom of two small tubes (larger ones would be trickier!) – these will go on either size of the spaceman’s compartment, to ensure he doesn’t slide up or down the rocket.
4. Get your spaceman and cut a hole from a tube big enough for him to fit. Then stick your tubes together using masking tape – ensuring the pieces with the cardboard discs are at the top and bottom of the compartment piece.
5. Make a sturdy base for the bottom of the rocket by cutting triangles from card and taping in place.
6. Make the top cone by cutting a circle (we drew around sticky tape) then cutting a third of the circle away. Twist in to create a cone shape, then tape together and glue in place.
7. Paint the rocket, we chose silver for the body and red for the cone, base and inside.
8. Cut flames out of tissue paper and attach to bottom of the rocket for big bright boosters!
9. Embellish with glitter glue, sequin tiles and so on. Once dry your rocket is ready to blast off into space – to paper plate planets perhaps!