DIY Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown

“A cardboard rocket ship”, that’s what my husband proposed when we were brainstorming on what birthday countdown to do for Lukas’ 5th birthday.

He likes rockets, he keeps on drawing them over and over again. So my husband’s idea was a sure bet. But how to make one?

Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown
This is what I used for this cardboard rocket ship birthday countdown:

  • a big piece of cardboard for the body ( you can also glue smaller pieces together )
  • 2 smaller pieces of cardboard for he legs
  • 7 paper cups for the windows
  • transparent tape
  • paint, brushes and scissors/utility knife
  • candy in small bags

Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown After cutting and gluing the cardboard pieces for our cardboard rocket ship, we started the painting.  And we painted … and painted …. and painted … Spreading paint on big surfaces is so much fun! 🙂

Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown
Victoria was very excited to help preparing this surprise for her younger brother.

She was in charge of painting the paper cups, selecting the candy, putting it in a small transparent bags and taping it inside the paper cups. This way when Lukas would remove a window of the rocket he’d find inside the hidden candy.

Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown Once all the candy was hidden in the cups, we taped the cups to the body of the rocket and the only thing left was to attach the legs of the cardboard rocket ship.

Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown

Using a utility knife (or scissors) I made two cuts in the body to slide the legs in, and that was it. Lukas’ rocket was standing, ready for take-off!

Cardboard Rocket Ship Birthday Countdown

Here are some more ideas for themed birthday countdowns for kids:

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