Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rocket Time!

I was going through some older pictures and came across the cardboard rocket/space ship we made a few years ago. We had lots of fun making it!

For this craft, you will need:
  • Square cardboard box
  • Sharp craft knife (like an X-Acto)
  • Duct tape. I used silver because that's what we had in the basement, but there are a ton of different colors and designs out there now! Amazon carries lots of different types of duct tape!
    • Duct tape sheets (optional: it will probably make it easier to cover with sheets than to keep tearing off pieces of duct tape). Amazon.com carries a few options, and your local hardware/craft/grocery store might carry some as well. 
  • Scrap pieces of cardboard (for example, flaps from other cardboard boxes). These will be used for the fins of the rocket ship, as well as finishing the peak (if needed).

HINT: If you have a Build-a-Bear box, it would work great for this craft! Or for a more traditional rocket shape, use an oatmeal box/tube.


1. Cut out a door, windows, and any other designs you would like on your rocket ship. For example, I had a door on each side so the kids could both play with it at the same time. I also added in little circular windows around the box. (Save any left over pieces, you can use them as embellishments later!)

 2. Trim the top flaps of the box to form a peak. Tape together.
3. If needed, cut and tape on extra pieces of cardboard to complete the peak.

4. Next, cut out fins for the rocket ship. I used pieces of thin cardboard I had, but a thick cardstock might work well too.

5. Tape the fins on.
6. Decorate the rocket ship. I covered (almost) my entire ship in duct tape. (Higgins got impatient, so the wings/fins didn't get completely covered.) I also used a few scrap pieces of cardboard to add embellishments. I used a roll of duct tape to decorate the ship (well, about 1/2 a roll). The duct tape sheets may be easier to use!
Example of embellishment from
scrap cardboard pieces

7. If wanted, cut a piece of decorative paper or construction paper and tape to the inside floor of the ship.

8. Enjoy!

As a side note, my flip down door didn't stay shut enough for Higgins. He complained his toys fell out while flying. I poked a hole above the door with the craft knife. I then covered a piece of scrap cardboard with duct tape and poked a hole in one end. I pushed a brad through and attached above the doorway. Once all his toys are inside, he can close the door, push the flap down, and keep them secure!
Inserting flap with brad above door
Door Flap

                                         Side View. With paper flooring in (#7)

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