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Cardboard Box Spaceship

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This fun, kid’s DIY project is a great way to repurpose a cardboard box!

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When I was a little girl, my grandparents got a new deep freezer for their basement. I’m sure this was exciting for them… but it was more exciting for me.

Their new purchase meant I was the proud new owner to one jumbo-sized cardboard box. Papa was very careful with the box when he was unloading the freezer — he knew what Mim had in mind.

After the freezer was safely tucked away in the basement, stocked with all sorts of goodies, Mim got to work.

The giant cardboard box was quickly turned into a grocery store for me!

There was a window with a flowerbox and a door with a real handle. We drew a sign on the outside and flowers along the building. I made little signs advertising my products. Mim helped me stock the shelves with empty containers from their kitchen. I had a pretend cash register that we made money for.

In no time, I was open for business.

I spent hours playing inside my grocery store.

And here I am, more than 25 years later, still remembering how special that cardboard box turned out to be. A little imagination and creativity can go a long way.

When I first saw the trailer for the upcoming movie, Wonder Park, I immediately reflected back to my cardboard box grocery store and all the time I spent playing inside it.

I know how special an empty box and some imagination can be! You can create something wonderful.

Wonder Park is the story of an incredible amusement park that comes alive thanks to the imagination of a creative girl named June.

It’s coming to theatres on March 15 and my family couldn’t be more excited to see it!

Wonderpark Movie

June dreams up an amusement park using her imagination — that suddenly comes to life!

With the help of the lovable characters she had imagined, June will have to put the “wonder” back into the park before it’s lost forever.

I know our whole family is going to love this movie. My boys have already asked to see it repeatedly.

While we wait for the release, I decided to create some cardboard box magic of our own.

Since I’m part of the Spaceships and Laser Beams team, it wasn’t hard to decide what to create with our cardboard box. 😉

Kid's Cardboard Box Spaceships

Ryan had a day off work, and Rowen was at school. This left Dax home with mom and dad all on his own.

We decided to take advantage of the time to get busy in the playroom with our supplies.

Ryan and I helped some, but for the most part, we let Dax take the lead.

It’s always fun to see your kids blossom and make choices. We had a great time together, giggling as we created a masterpiece for him to blast off in.

Cardboard Box Spaceship Supplies

To create a space-worthy vessel, you’ll need the following:

  • 2 large cardboard moving boxes
  • packing tape
  • ruler
  • black marker
  • paint
  • markers
  • imagination

If you don’t have moving boxes on hand, you can pick them up at a local hardware store.

How to Make a Cardboard Box Spaceship

Start by opening up the one box and cutting it down the side. Then turn the box inside out so that the plain side is now on the outside.

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Next, tape down all of the sides, including the loose flaps on the bottom so you have one tall box with an open bottom.

How to Build a Cardboard Box Spaceship

Take the flaps from the second box and cut them off. Tape them onto the first box to extend the flaps on the top to make them longer. You’ll use a ruler to trace a straight line from the bottom corner to the middle top of the flap.

How to Make a Cardboard Box Spaceships

Cut along the line so that each flap is now a triangle. Save the extra pieces you cut off for the wings on the base of the spaceship.

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Now, lay the box flat so you can trace and cut a door on the back and a window on the front.

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Stand it back up and tape the extra pieces to the base for wings.

How to Build a Cardboard Spaceship

Bring the triangle flaps on top together and tape.

Cardboard Box Spaceship

Finally, use paint, markers, and your imagination to paint and decorate the spaceship!

We had such a fabulous time creating this project together.

Decorating a Cardboard Spaceship

As parents of more than one kid know, it can be rare to have one-on-one time with just one kiddo. I’m so glad we had this time with Dax to watch his imagination come to life.

Of course, creating our spaceship was just the beginning of the fun.

It’s now taken up residence in the playroom, where Captain Dax blasts off for regular exploration missions.

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It’s precious to hear him playing. I love how big and vivid a child’s imagination can be. Dax has created entire universes as he plays.

And they’re all so real to him. It makes me want to keep him little forever!

As we wait for the release of Wonderpark on March 15, I hope your family will enjoy building a cardboard box project together, too!

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Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.

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