Cardboard Spaceship


Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of being an astronaut. So I couldn’t be happier that we’re celebrating outer space this week on Moonfrye! Our super easy cardboard spaceship is the perfect way to plan a pretend visit to the stars. Or invite friends over for a rocket launch party!


What you will need:

Empty cardboard toilet paper rolls

Construction paper

Red and silver glitter

Blue sparkle paint (ours is Kid Made Modern, available at Target)




Aluminum foil

Red crepe paper


Step 1: Paint each toilet paper roll with two coats of glitter paint.



Step 2: Cut a circle out of the construction paper, roughly 3″ in diameter.


Step 3: Cut into the center of the circle, then fold one edge over the other to create a cone and glue in place.



Step 4: Paint the rim of the cardboard roll with glue and attach the paper cone.



Step 5: Cut 1″ inch strips of aluminum foil and wrap around the base of the tube, using a dab of glue to secure.

Step 6: Cut crepe paper into thin strips to create “flames” for your cardboard spaceship. Glue into the open end of the tube.



Step 6: Paint the paper cone with glue and sprinkle red and silver glitter on top.


Now you’re ready for blast off!


15 comments responses to "Cardboard Spaceship"

  • I save empty cereal boxes, egg cartons, etc. and put them out for my k-1 class to create sculptures. it is amazing to see how creative kids are when left to their own devices! The kids love this time we call “explorations”! It is a nice diversion from technology!!!!!

    posted by: Denise on November 24, 2013

  • My kids are obsessed with space. I can see doing this craft this weekend and then having my kids put on their space dress up costumes and “riding” the spaceship to the different planet. My oldest loves reciting facts about the various planets so she can show off her knowledge as we travel from planet to planet and do a make believe excursion on each one!

    posted by: Kara N on November 19, 2013

  • AJ, Absolutely! We hope that our craft has sparked some creativity–can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    posted by: Moonfrye Team on November 19, 2013

  • This is so cute and creative! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks Moonfrye!!!

    posted by: MK on November 19, 2013

  • Looks like fun. It would be super easy to extend this too, using cardboard to add stabilizers or anything else.

    posted by: AJ on November 19, 2013

  • I love this idea. My kids are fascinated with outer space and this is a great activity for winter break! Thanks.

    posted by: Amanda on November 19, 2013

  • Can’t wait to try this one!

    posted by: JF on November 19, 2013

  • pretty awesome project!

    posted by: lmunetwork on November 19, 2013

  • ML, that sounds like a great way to inspire kids to get creative. It’s always fun to see what they come up with — thanks for the tip!

    posted by: HK on November 19, 2013

  • This project is a little too directed for me. I’d probably just put the materials that you recommend out and say “how can we make spaceships with this stuff?” I think my girls will love experimenting with the crepe paper.

    posted by: ML on November 19, 2013

  • I love this craft! So super cute and something the kids love.

    posted by: Soleil on November 19, 2013

  • This is such a brilliant craft idea! I love that i can just repurpose my old toilet paper rolls–fun and easy! :)

    posted by: DP on November 19, 2013

  • CS, making telescopes is also a great way to peak their interest in science!

    posted by: HK on November 19, 2013

  • This is so cute and a great way to engage kids that are into space exploration! This would go well with a solar system craft too.

    posted by: HK on November 19, 2013

  • What an awesome craft project–anything to get my kids interested in science!

    posted by: CS on November 19, 2013