How to Make a Rocket from a Toilet Paper Roll

how to make a rocket

We made these awesome rockets at my crafty baby shower, and they were so fun to make, I thought I’d share how to make a rocket in case you want to make your own!

As I’m sure you know by now, we’re setting up an outer space-themed nursery, and I’ve been having such a great time creating handmade touches to give this baby a space that’s full of love. If you want to see some of the other space nursery stuff I’ve been working on, check out his baby blanket and the shooting star bunting that we’re hanging all over the walls.

My friend Bonnie found a photo of these DIY rockets online, but it was just uploaded to imgur or something like this with no attribution. We tried so hard to find the tutorial, but no dice! If you recognize this project and can tell me where it’s from, I would love to credit the creator! Since we couldn’t find a tutorial anywhere, I wanted to put one out there for any other sci-fi-loving mamas-to-be!

These are the rockets our friends made at the crafty shower:

DIY Rockets

How to Make a Rocket


  • empty toilet paper (or paper towel) roll
  • pretty paper
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors
  • pint glass, or something similarly-sized and round
  • embroidery needle and thread
  • scraps of ribbon, ric rac, or anything else hangy-downy to make the “flames” at the bottom. I used some ribbon from my stash.


1. Grab your pint glass and place it upside down on the back of your paper. Trace the circle, and cut it out. Then, cut a slit in your circle from one edge to the center. Set this aside.

cut circle

2. Grab your toilet paper roll, and cut yourself another piece of pretty paper that’s about 1/4″ longer than your toilet paper roll and wide enough to wrap all the way around it, overlapping itself by at least 1/2″.

covered TP roll top bottom

3. Heat up that hot glue gun! Use the hot glue to attach one end of the paper to your toilet paper roll, roll the paper all the way around, making sure that the bottom lines up, then hot glue the loose, overlapping end of paper to the roll. The bottom of your roll will have the paper flush with the cardboard, and the top is where that extra 1/4″ sticks out.

covered roll

4. On the top of your covered TP roll, cut a few slits around the edge of the paper, just to the edge of the cardboard, and fold the paper down and in, creating a lip around the edge.

creating rocket top lip

5. Make your cone! Grab your circle, and put a few dots of hot glue on one side of the slit on the back side of the paper. This part is a little tricky, but I think the photos below will help you see what happens next. You want to gently bend the circle, so the two flaps you created when you cut that slit overlap, gluing one on top of the other. You’re turning that circle into a 3D cone shape that looks like this:

diy rocket cone

6. Thread your embroidery needle, and push the thread up through the pointy part of the cone from underneath, then turn around and thread it right back through the same hole, so you end up with a loop on top of the cone and two loose threads underneath. Tie the loose threads into a double slip knot to complete your hanging mechanism.

hanging mechanism rocket

7. Grab your ribbon and cut yourself a few pieces for the “flame.” I used 5 pieces that were each around 5″-6″ long, but how many and how long depends on the look you’re going for. Use your hot glue to attach the flames to the bottom of your rocket inside the tube.

diy rocket flames

8. With your hot glue gun, put a generous ring of glue all the way around the top lip of your rocket. You’ll need to work quickly here, since hot glue dries so fast. Take the cone you just finishes making, and press it onto the top of the rocket for a few seconds until the glue is dry.

hot gluing rocket top

Since hot glue fully dries in a matter of minutes, your rocket will be ready to hang by the time you get the nail in the wall!

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