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Cardboard tube rockets

cardboard tube rockets

I know that we are yet to celebrate Halloween but we have been busy thinking about crafts for Bonfire Night too. The other day we experimented with paper plate fireworks and today we wanted to share our cardboard tube rockets.

To make cardboard tube rockets you will need:
Cardboard tubes
Metallic paint and paint brushes
Star stickers

How to make cardboard tube rockets:

We painted our tubes with gold and silver metallic paint. Whilst they were drying we cut circles from cardboard to make the tops, painting them with the gold and silver paint too.

cardboard tube rocket

When they had dried we folded the cardboard circles to make little cones for the top of each rocket, stapling them to make sure they stayed in place.

cardboard tube rocket

Then we were ready to assemble our cardboard tube rockets.

cardboard tube rocket

We cut a length of ribbon to hang the rockets, pushing them through the top of the cone and securing them in place with a knot. We used some plasticine to keep the cone on top of the tube but you could also use sticky tape or glue.

cardboard tube rockets

There you have some pretty kid-friendly cardboard rockets to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night.



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    October 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    such a lovely idea, nice and simple too. Not too much fiddly cutting to do

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    October 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

    This is such a lovely idea! How creative, and a great use of items that would just end up being recycled!

    Erin Islandbell xxx

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    October 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Your metallic paint has worked out really well, which brand do you use? I love these and will have to do something similar with O for next week. #letkidsbekids 🙂 x

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      October 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      They are lovely and shiny, aren’t they? The paint came from Hobbycraft, I find them the best value.

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    November 2, 2015 at 8:58 am

    They look like great rockets and very simple to make. Good fun craft for bonfire night.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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