How to Make Spaceship Toys

by Susan Rickey Google
Use spaceship toys during playtime.

Use spaceship toys during playtime.

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Blast-off to the moon by making spaceship toys out of items in your home. Leftover bottles, paper towel tubes and bottle tops become a rocket equipped to take imaginations to the outer planets. A little spray paint in either metallic silver or galactic gold gives the spaceships the final touch.

Items you will need

  • Plastic bottles
  • Bottle tops
  • Spray paint
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Stick-on letters
  • Flag decal
  • Glue gun
Step 1

Collect plastic bottles of varying sizes. Keep the lids for later. Set each bottle out by itself to determine the one which most resembles a spaceship. Wash and dry the perfect spaceship bottle.

Step 2

Cut out a piece of circular cardboard to make the nose of the spaceship. Cut a slit in the circle. Overlap the the edges where the slit was cut to make a cone. This pointed piece is the nose. Use the glue gun to glue it to the top of the bottle.

Step 3

Cut out triangles for the fins. Fold the triangle in half and use the glue gun to adhere half of the triangle to the bottle. The other half of the triangle is not attached to the bottle and represents the fins of the spaceship.

Step 4

Cut the paper towel tube in half. Glue both of sides of the tube to the back of the bottle to represent a pair of jet boosters.

Step 5

Glue bottle caps to the bottle to represent gizmos, gadgets and portholes on the spaceship bottle.

Step 6

Spread out newspapers outside. Spray paint the spaceship gold or silver for an out-of-this-world sheen. Set aside to dry for 2 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place the name of the spaceship on the bottle with stick-on letters.
  • Add a flag decal to the spaceship.
  • Adults should supervise children when spray painting and using the glue gun.

About the Author

Susan Rickey started writing in 1994 with a technology feature article for the "Pioneer Press." She was the writer of the Klamath Forest Alliance newsletter, an environmental organization. Rickey obtained her teaching credential from California State University and acquired her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas.

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