How to Make Homemade Plastic Bottle Rocket Ships

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How to Make Homemade Plastic Bottle Rocket Ships
Empty fizzy drink bottles get a second life as rocketships. (Getty Creative)

Rocket ships are a fun craft for children to make. They make great activities for craft hour in a school setting or are a fun craft for birthday parties. This is a great way to reuse plastic bottles, so it is an eco-friendly craft to do. It is also simple and creative, and you don't need many materials to make it.

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Things you need

  • Empty and dried plastic bottles
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the first piece of construction paper large enough to wrap around the main part of the bottle. You can use any colour construction paper you like.

  2. 2

    Roll the construction paper around the bottle so that it covers the shaft of the bottle. Tape the construction paper together.

  3. 3

    Cut a different colour construction paper in half and fold it into a cone shape. Tape the cone shape together, and press flat.

  4. 4

    Cut the cone shape to fit the uncovered part of the top of the plastic bottle.

  5. 5

    Place the cone on top of the plastic bottle, and tape it to the other construction paper.

  6. 6

    Cut a piece of red or orange construction paper 7.5 cm (3 inches) wide.

  7. 7

    Wrap it around the bottom of the bottle so that at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) is hanging off the bottom of the bottle. Secure with tape.

  8. 8

    Use the scissors to cut the paper at various intervals on the bottom all the way around so that it frays out like the flames.

  9. 9

    Use the other pieces of construction paper to make decorations for the rocket ship.

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