Every year I get pretty excited about trying to do some crafts out of supplies that would normally go in the recycling bin. I have Kleenex boxes around the house that would be perfect for this challenge. In fact, I feel kind of guilty about how many we’ve amassed in the past year—do we really use that many tissues?! I wanted to use as many as I could in a craft, to clear some space in my hall closet. Since Pierce’s biggest passion right now is space, we decided to create a rocket ship.
- tissue boxes (We had eight! You need three for the base, and the rest is up to you, depending on how tall you want your rocket.)
- 2-liter plastic bottle
- glue or tape
- markers, construction paper or craft foam (optional)
- passengers! (optional)
- Glue (or tape) together the tissue boxes. Make sure that you have three tissue boxes taped together in a flat, triangular formation as a base. Then stack the rest of the boxes one on top of the other, as high as you please/can reach, to make the column of the ship.
- Cut off the bottom of a 2-liter soda bottle and glue or tape it on the top of the top tissue box to make the nose of the rocket ship.
- Paint the rocket your color of choice—we chose silver.
- Cut out letters from the foam (i.e. "USA") to glue on the side. Depending on what color paint you use, drawing these letters with a marker might work. Construction paper is another good substitute.
The best part of this craft? All your little friends can take a ride in the rocket ship! The boys had fun filling it with some of their favorite stuffed animals.