How to Make a Spaceship From Boxes

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How to Make a Spaceship From Boxes
Recycle old cardboard boxes into spaceships for kids. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Save cardboard boxes to make crafts for your kids. Not only will the effort be kind to the earth, but also the budget. Cardboard boxes can become anything a child can think of and for less than a store-bought toy. With the use of their imagination, they can rocket into outer space by transforming a cardboard box into a spaceship. Use items from around the house to create a one-of-a-kind spaceship. Kids will have hours of fun as they create adventures in space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 cardboard boxes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Duct tape
  • Newspaper
  • Metallic silver spray paint
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Silver bolts and nuts
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • 2 pipe cleaners
  • Craft balls
  • Rope
  • Foam letters (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the bottom out of one of the boxes and set it aside. Trace a door on one side of the box as well. This will be the front of the spaceship. Remove the flaps from one side of the other cardboard box. If you have one tall box, you can substitute it for the two boxes.

  2. 2

    Tape the boxes together. Place the box with the door on the ground and place the second box on top of it. Tape the boxes where they meet. Make sure the seam is completely covered.

  3. 3

    Cover the work surface with newspaper. Place the boxes on the newspaper. Spray paint the outside of the boxes with the spray paint. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for drying times. You can cover the boxes with aluminium foil if you don't want to wait for the paint to dry.

  4. 4

    Glue the nuts and bolts to the space ship. They can be arranged however you want. Let the child pick out the places and you can glue them in place. The hot glue is too hot for children to use. Buttons can be substituted for the nuts and bolts.

  5. 5

    Glue a craft ball to one end of each pipe cleaner. Glue the other end of the pipe cleaner to the top of the spaceship. This will be the antenna for the spaceship.

  6. 6

    Cut a 6-inch piece of rope. The rope will be the handle for the door. Cut a small hole into the door where the handle will go. Slide it through and tie a knot in both ends.

  7. 7

    Use the foam letters to spell out the child's name or have him pick out a name for the spaceship. Glue the letters in place.

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