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A Rollicking Rocket in Se7en Steps…

November 25th, 2009 · 43 Comments

A little while ago we made an army of aliens, well Se7en million aliens need a home…


About the time that our aliens were created this very cute Charlie and Lola dollhouse debuted… and we spotted it everywhere!!! Because it is so cute!!! A brilliant project that could be extended and expanded in almost any direction. Needless to say it was the inspiration for us to make our own Rollicking Rocket. This is what you are aiming for:


Let’s Meet The Players:

  • A cardboard box, we used a big computor box, but you could just as easily make a small one out of a cereal box.
  • Paints.
  • Scissors, craft-knife.
  • Markers.
  • Magazine cuttings, pipecleaners and stickers.

Let’s Play The Game:

Step 1:We cut the basic shapes from a large cardboard box.


Two rockets, three round floors and four booster rockets.


Step 2: Then we painted them.


Step 3: Then we let the father person loose with the craft knife… simply because he measures things and I never ever do!!!


  • The Basic Shapes: Cut a slit in each basic shape, one from the top and one from the bottom.
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  • The Floors: Cut each basic shape in a line across the center, where you want the floor to go. Measure the diameter of your floor and cut the appropriate width.
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    And cut a small slit at the four “corners” (!) of the ground floor level. We attached our rocket boosters at those slits.


  • The Rocket Boosters: Cut a slit in each booster at the level you want them to attach to the rocket.
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Step 4: Pop it all together. Slide the main bits together.


Slide your floor levels in to the main rocket.


Don’t forget your boosters.


Step 5: Collect your embellishments: magazine pictures, stickers, fabric, pipe cleaners, whatever bits and pieces you come across.


Step 6: Now you just need to embellish. Embellish away!!!



Step 7: Finally add your aliens and you are done!!!


And you are done. Have Fun!!!

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Tags: Crafts for Kids · Paper Crafts · People/Puppet Crafts · Recycle Crafts

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zoe // Nov 25, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Wow – this is great – my daughters would definitely enjoy making and PLAYING with this!

  • 2 se7en // Nov 25, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Hi Z, So glad you like it. Have a fun weekend!!

  • 3 Olivia // Nov 25, 2009 at 11:02 am

    So cute! And looks easy. I’m all for measuring, I think I enjoy the measuring and prep things more than the rest. We’re a bit mad about Charlie and Lola in this house. Charlie is so patient and Lola is just so funny!

  • 4 Susan // Nov 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Sooo not crafty here, but this project is great. I’m going to show it to my crafty 10 year old- she’ll have a blast and she’ll probably drag the younger boys into it too.

  • 5 Judith Hollowood // Nov 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Methinks with a little imagination and green paint, this structure could as easily be a Christmas tree full of critters. You Hoods are full of interesting ideas.

  • 6 Stacy (Mama-Om) // Nov 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Wow, my boys would LOVE this!! Thanks for the great and easy idea.

    It’s nice to meet you, too. 🙂

  • 7 se7en // Nov 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Hi O, Who wouldn’t like Charlie and Lola!!! And the father person is definitely the measurer in our house!!! Have a great day!!!

  • 8 se7en // Nov 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Hi S, Nice to have you stop by!!! I must say, my eldest did nearly all the work on this but his younger siblings have played and played and played – their aliens have become part of the family with names and all!!! Have a great day!!!

  • 9 se7en // Nov 25, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Ooooh J, Great idea, I tell you this project is limitless. Hood #1 has just taken his normal note-booking into 3d, and he can fold his creations flat and pop them into his notebook – cool!!! Our weekly newspaper (that appears on the fridge from “Somewhere”) just became 3-D. Have a great week!

  • 10 se7en // Nov 25, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Hi S, Thanks for stopping by, and so glad you liked the rocket!!! My little guys are loving it!!! Have a great holiday…

  • 11 thesleepyknitter // Nov 26, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Wow, what a creative variation of the dollhouse! Amazing!

  • 12 se7en // Nov 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Hi SK, So glad you liked it!!! Have a good holiday!!!

  • 13 Julie K in Taiwan // Nov 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Absolutely love this! I’ve been “planning” to make that DIY Dollhouse for, oh years now, but haven’t gotten roundtuit (around to it) but I absolutely love the rocket idea!

  • 14 se7en // Nov 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Hi JK … I have discovered that if I don’t get round to a project soon enough then it happens despite me, regardless of me even without me!!! Aha those little ones get older and wiser right under our noses!!! Meanwhile I have been plotting and planning a dolls house on a book case for years and years… and I see it slipping away… time, time, time… Hope you guys have a great day!!!

  • 15 Annie @ PhD in Parenting // Nov 27, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Wow! That looks amazing. My kids would love it.

  • 16 katherinemarie // Nov 27, 2009 at 3:08 am

    sooooo FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

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  • 18 se7en // Nov 27, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Hay K-M, Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love your pile of Advent Books – I think I will come over and play!!! Have a Great Weekend you all!!!

  • 19 se7en // Nov 27, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Hi A, Glad you like the rocket!!! I just love that you are visiting everybody this week… it is so fun to go and see who you are commenting on. It is such a brilliant friendly idea!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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  • 22 Nadja // May 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Oooh…too clever! I have a boy here who is wild about aliens and space ships. I think that may have Papa come up with a plywood version for his next birthday. What a super idea!

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  • 24 snafflesmummy // Jul 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    wow. i love this. Cant wait to make this in the school holidays.

  • 25 se7en // Jul 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Snafflesmummy, Thanks so much for stopping by, glad you liked it!!! Have a fun week!!!

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    Hay Tami, Thank you so much for the feature – I am thrilled!!! Hope you have a great day!!!

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