How to Make a Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

How to Make a Cardboard Tube Rocket #KidsCraft

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

You Will Need How to Make

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.

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2. Cut out these out, then make little snips to the small circle and fold these in to form tabs.

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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.

How to Make a Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship #KidsCraft

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.

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5. Make a sturdy base for the bottom of the rocket by cutting triangles from card and taping in place.

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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.

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7. Paint the rocket, we chose silver for the body and red for the cone, base and inside.

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8. Cut flames out of tissue paper and attach to bottom of the rocket for big bright boosters!

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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!

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How to Make a Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship #KidsCraft

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