Set a course to new heights with this rip-roaring rocket!We’re looking forward to the Saturn Opposition for this post! You’ll be able to spot Saturn in the eastern sky during sunset on April 28. Earth will be directly across from Saturn as both planets make their trajectory around the sky. Check out the article “Give Me Five Minutes, I’ll Give You Saturn” from earthsky.org for more details!
Duration: 20 minutes
• R15303 Retro Pop Paper
• R2172 Tissue Circles
• White glue
• Hole punch
Choose a sheet of decorative paper to make the outside of your rocket. Roll the paper into a tube with your favorite printed side facing out. Tape the edges together to hold the tube in place.
Next, punch two holes opposite each other through the top edge of the rocket tube. Tie an end of the string to each hole. This will form a loop by which you can hold up the rocket tube.
To make the topper for the rocket, cut out a circle from a separate sheet of decorative paper. The circle should be two times larger than the circumference of the tube.
Find the center of the circle and mark it with the point of a pencil. Cut a slit into the circle up to the center point. Take both edges and slide them past each other to make a cone shape. Note: Leave a bit of a gap in the point at the top of the cone. This will allow you to thread string through and secure the cone to the tube. Tape the edges of the cone to hold in place.
You can also cut across the point at the top to create the space you need for threading the string through.
Next, thread the ends through the hole in the top of the rocket cone.
Making the rocket flames is easy! Take two or three colored tissue circles. Start from the outer edge and cut a spiral into the circle. You can use scallop-edged scrapbook scissors for an extra pop effect. Use different colors. Gently tug one end of the spiral to form a ringlet.
Tape the top of the flame ringlet to the underside of the rocket.
Now you can hang it wherever the breeze catches it and watch the paper flames dance!
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