How to Build a Cardboard Spaceship

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How to Build a Cardboard Spaceship
Make a spaceship out of used cardboard. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

If your child enjoys pretending to be an astronaut, encourage her love of outer space by showing her how to construct a spaceship using materials found around the house, such as used cardboard boxes. This enables your child to use the spaceship to pretend that she is blasting off and travelling to the moon. Your child can even customise the outside of the spaceship using tempera paint to suit her own style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Oatmeal container
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Tempera paint, coloured
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Push a hot glue stick into the back of a hot glue gun, and plug the hot glue gun into a wall outlet. Let the hot glue gun heat up for 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Create the top of the spaceship. Squeeze hot glue around one edge of an oatmeal container and then press three cereal boxes vertically onto the hot glue around the entire edge. Angle the boxes towards the centre. Squeeze hot glue onto the top edges of the boxes to secure them together. Let the hot glue cool for two minutes.

  3. 3

    Construct the middle of the spaceship. Place a cardboard box standing upright onto its side. Squeeze a line of hot glue around the bottom edge of the oatmeal container, and press it onto the top of the cardboard box. Allow the hot glue to cool for two minutes.

  4. 4

    Make the boosters of the spaceship. Squeeze hot glue around the base of the cardboard box, and press more cereal boxes onto the hot glue around the perimeter of the base. Allow the hot glue to cool for two minutes.

  5. 5

    Paint the outside of the cardboard spaceship using tempera paint to suit your personal style and then allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes before playing with the spaceship.

Tips and warnings

  • Hot glue is extremely hot and can cause serious burns upon contact with skin.
  • Keep hot glue out of the reach of children.

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