Paper Mache Spaceship

What you need to make the Paper Mache Spaceship:
An old plastic bottle
An egg carton
Foam, Card or Paper
Stickers/Sequins to decorate
News paper
Flour and Water Glue

Paper Mache Recipe: Flour and Water Glue

Boil 5 cups of water in a saucepan

In a bowl, mix ¼ cup of sieved flour with a cup of cold water. Mix to a smooth consistency.

When completely free of lumps, add the mixture to the water in the saucepan.

Gently boil, stirring constantly for two or three minutes until the mixture thickens.

Olivia LOVES the idea of space travel, often imagining trips to Saturn; where she could go roller skating on its rings. When I asked Olivia “what could we do with this old shampoo bottle?”, it came to no surprise that she promptly suggested a “spaceship!”

This is a lovely craft to spread over a few days, turning it into a mini project.

craft-ideas-for-kids-paper-mache-spacechipStarting with the paper mache; shred the paper and begin sticking it onto the bottle, applying generous amounts of glue.

Continue until the bottle is covered and add a further two or three layers. Try, as much as possible, to keep the layers smooth.

Give the bottle at least 24 hours to dry or until the paper feels firm.

craft-ideas-for-kids-paper-mache-spacechipOnce the paper feels firm to touch, it’s time for paint.

Olivia insisted that her paper mache spaceship had to sparkle like the stars in space. To create the ‘sparkle’, we added lots of glitter to the paint (any excuse for glitter!). For additional emphasis and decoration, we stuck on a few stars.

To cover the newspaper, you may need to apply a few coats of paint.

craft-ideas-for-kids-paper-mache-spacechipTo create the spaceship exhausts, cut out two sections of the egg carton and paint in black.

craft-ideas-for-kids-paper-mache-spacechipCut out four triangles to create the fins, using cardboard, paper or foam.

Stick the triangles to both sides of the bottle, joining the tips of the fins with glue.

Stick the exhausts to the bottom of the spaceship.

craft-ideas-for-kids-paper-mache-spacechipWe have now created Spaceship ‘Olivia 1’.

As always, our projects tend to escalate….

Olivia has now asked for planets, a moon and alien spaceships. I think we’re going to be busy!