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After School Crafts: Take me to the moon!

Inspired by the 101 Kids Activities book I have been gushing about here on MollyMoo we tried our hand at making with plastic bottles at the weekend and made a simple rocket ship with a family of peg doll astronauts. I am clueless as to why I hadn’t crafted with bottles before! no construction and little prep you just paint and go! such an ideal choice for after school crafts and weekend creative activities.

plastic bottle rocket ship with peg doll astronauts

In 101 Kids Activities book authors Holly Homer and Rachel Miller made a Bottle Cup Catch – such an ingenious bit of up-cycling to make a fun toy! This activity got me thinking!! plastic bottles are the perfect blank canvas for all sorts of crafty goodness!

plastic bottle rocket ship with peg doll astronauts

I started by painting a plastic bottle with emulsion paint – I keep little tester pots of white emulsion wall paint for quickly covering packaging items, one coat usually does the job whereas you might have to give two or three coats with poster paint.

It was touch dry in a very short time.

All I did then was cover two pieces of cardboard with some household silver duck tape and cut them to make the rocket booster legs.

I glued the legs on with a hot glue gun, superglue will also do the trick.

plastic bottle rocket ship with peg doll astronauts

{Miss8: oh mom!!! you’re so daft taking a photo of a plastic bottle!!!}

I invited Molly to personalise her rocket with some sticker sheets I found in the supermarket, little packets of stars and circles.

plastic bottle rocket ship with peg doll astronauts

I then covered a sheet of yellow paper in the duck tape and cut into a semi-circle to make the cone head on the rocket.

plastic bottle rocket ship with peg doll astronauts

From beginning to end the plastic bottle rocket took about 20 mins to make – perfect for after school and weekend crafting!

Tip: if you have a few friends over for a playdate or a group of children for after-school service paint the plastic bottles in advance so the kids can get to making the booster legs, cone head and start decorating straight away.

Get your copy of 101 Kids Activities book on Amazon for oooodles of inspirational boredom busters, crafts, games and simple science ideas for parents, babysitters and carers.

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