DIY Cardboard Space Ship

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We are delighted to share this extraordinary DIY Cardboard Space Ship craft created by mom, Suzana Arsic Eikmeier, who made it for her three year old son to inspire play, curiosity and imagination.

Suzana writes:

I wanted (my son) to “travel” trough all that New “things” in his rocket. He is only 3 and i am so proud that he already knows so much about it. Sometimes he wants to go to the Moon, sometimes to Mars and soMe times only to the Space Station “to fix something”

Using regular household items and a number of cardboard boxes, we love the attention to detail and creativity that has been invested into this cardboard space rocket model, and are proud to feature it on arty crafty kids today.

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How to turn cardboard boxes into an awesome Cardboard Space Ship that will inspire play, curiosity and imaginations! A brilliant cardboard creation for kids.

How to Make a DIY Cardboard Space Ship:

Please note: Suzana has kindly provided the instructions to help you recreate the Cardboard Rocket Ship. The instructions are in her own words.

How to turn cardboard boxes into an awesome Cardboard Space Ship that will inspire play, curiosity and imaginations! A brilliant cardboard creation for kids.

The base is octogonal, each side is 22 cm, that was my starting point.

I had 2 boxes to use for the body of the rocket and i “broke” each side in the middle to get an octogonal shape instead of a square.

I did the same for each box, connected them with the duct tape and added to the base.

Then I made openings. Doors and windows. I am quite skilled with the cutter so the lines were satisfyingly correct, but this can be tricky and even can spoil the project, so maybe it’s better to be done before connecting and you can still use to Floor as base for cutting.

How to turn cardboard boxes into an awesome Cardboard Space Ship that will inspire play, curiosity and imaginations! A brilliant cardboard creation for kids.


The doors should be enough for the little one to come in and out, so one side of 22 cm not enough, so i had to add some more and thats why this shape of the doors.

The windows can stay only [empty openings – this was my] first original idea, but then I had more and more ideas in completing the details and I had to add “a Glass”, which is a plastic from a paper holder. The frame are printed to fit.

The radius of the opening is 14 cm. The upper part of the second box was created on a way that each side of 22 cm is now symmetrically reduced to 18 cm, and which [creates] a closing shape. And on top was added a pyramid to fit and create the wanted shape. Overall height is 2m [with] added additional smaller openings to provide more light inside and treating them the same way like the bigger ones.

DIY Cardboard Space Ship for Kids: How to turn cardboard boxes into an awesome Cardboard Space Ship that will inspire play, curiosity and imaginations! A brilliant cardboard creation for kids.

Everything is painted with White and Metallic spray for outside and Metallic inside. The Interior details are endless creativity and we used smaller boxes covered with Aluminium foil for Control panels and pasted plastic water bottle lids.

I made a wheel using the materials I already had around, pasted additional control panels, pasted pictures downloaded from internet of Earth and Other rockets, seen from the rocket…

At the end i added legs/tails of the rocket to make more stability.And at the very end I used an empty cornflakes box and 2 water bottles to create an oxygen back pack.Ah yes, the oxygen Supply is a spare hose/pipe for the laundry machine.

More Space Resources for Kids:

Feeling inspired by all things space? take a look at these popular space themed resources for kids!

Space Coloring Pages for Kids:

Space Coloring Pages for Kids

Space Coloring Pages for Kids: Sparkling stars, spinning planets, hurtling asteroids, and maybe even some little green men..? Who isn’t intrigued and excited by the wonder of space?! There’s so much to explore, so why not download our brilliant space coloring pages for kids and help them learn whilst they play!

https://www.artycraftykids.com/coloring-pages/space-coloring-pages/

Shape Rocket Ship Craft for kids:

Arty Crafty Kids | Printable Rocket Ship for Kids - Children can trace, cut and stick the simple shapes to create a rocket ship. Great for fine motor skills and shape play #printable #kidscrafts #preschool #finemotor #shapes

This Printable Rocket Ship craft is a fun and simple activity for young children, with an abundance of naturally occurring learning outcomes. The creative process supports cutting and pre-writing skills, shape sorting, counting and identification, with some process art mixed in for good measure!

https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/printable-rocket-ship-for-kids/

Happy Crafting!

DIY Cardboard Space Ship for Kids: How to turn cardboard boxes into an awesome Cardboard Space Ship that will inspire play, curiosity and imaginations! A brilliant cardboard creation for kids.

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