How to Make a Spaceship Out of a Bottle

Make a spaceship using household materials.
Make a spaceship using household materials. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If your family drinks a lot of water, juice or soda from plastic bottles, you might simply toss the empty bottles into the recycling bin or garbage can. But every one of those bottles is a whimsical, space-themed craft just waiting to be made. You can purchase everything you need to make a spaceship out of a plastic bottle at an arts and crafts supply store. Once finished, your child can play with the soda-bottle spaceship to make believe that she is an astronaut.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • 2-liter soda bottle
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Lettering stickers

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Saturate the soda bottle's label with white vinegar and let sit for 5 or 10 minutes -- the label should peel right off.

Cut out two equilateral triangles from craft foam; each side should measure 5 inches. Cut out a craft foam trapezoid that measures 14 inches on the bottom, 12 inches on the top and 4 inches on the sides.

Squeeze a line of tacky glue along one edge of each triangle. These will be the wings of the spaceship. Position the wings exactly opposite each other and 4 inches up from the bottle of the bottle. Hold the glued edges in place against the bottle for five minutes, allowing the glue to dry.

Squeeze a line of tacky glue along both short edges of the trapezoid. Roll the trapezoid into a cone, holding the glued edges together until they dry -- about five minutes. This will be the booster rocket for your spaceship.

Once the booster is dry, squeeze a line of tacky glue along the narrower edge of the cone, right at the top. Hold this against the bottom of your bottle for about five minutes, until the glue dries.

Paint the entire soda-bottle spaceship using acrylic paint. Be creative and customize the spaceship to suit your personal style. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

Apply lettering stickers on the sides of the bottle and the wings to display where the spaceship is from. For example, you can apply the letters "USA" if your spaceship is from the United States of America.


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