How To Make A Cardboard Rocket Ship For Your Cat Using Old Boxes

Cat sitting inside rocket ship
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Get ready for blast off because we're pretty sure you're going to find this cardboard rocket ship out of this world. Just a couple of boxes, some paint and a few hours is all it takes to send kitty over the moon about her new digs.

Things you'll need

  • 2 large cardboard boxes
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Painter's tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Non-toxic acrylic craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint dauber
  • Hot glue
  • Gold glitter paper
DIY Cardboard Cat Rocketship

That's one small step for cat and one giant leap for feline!

Posted by Cuteness on Saturday, February 10, 2018

Step 1

Tape the bottom of a large cardboard box shut and cut off all four flaps on top of the box.

Removing top flaps from boxes.
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 2

Break down a second large cardboard box into scraps and use the scraps to cut out four large triangles that are identical in size and have the same width as the box.

Four cardboard triangles cut out
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Step 3

Tape the four triangles to the top of the box, forming them into a pyramid-shaped roof.

Taping triangles to top of box
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Step 4

Use a box cutter to cut out a door on the front of the box. Make it large enough for kitty to enter and exit. Remember that you'll need to leave one side of the door attached to the box. I went with a long oval-shaped door to give the appearance of a space hatch.

Tip: I freehanded the shape of the door on the box with chalk before cutting since it's easy to erase and paint over.

Opening oval shaped door cut out of box
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Step 5

Now it's time to give your rocket ship some windows. Before cutting, I used a mug to trace three small circular windows above the door and a salad plate to trace a round window on the top of the ship.

Tracing mug on front of box
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Cutting out round window on top of box
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Step 6

Paint your ship using your favorite colors, but be sure to use non-toxic paint since your feline friends will be in close contact with the rocket ship. For reference, I chose an ivory color for the ship, French blue for the door, mallard green and periwinkle for the window trim, peach for the roof tip, coral for the wings, and gold for accent stripes.

Painting the box
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If you decide to do stripes, tape off those sections with painter's tape to ensure clean, crisp lines.

Pulling tape off painted stripe
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Step 7

Use a paint dauber to create rivets around the door and windows in coordinating colors. The rivets definitely add more of a space hatch feel, in my opinion.

Painting rivets around window
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Step 8

Use scrap cardboard to cut out two rhombus-shaped rocket wings. Paint them and then hot glue a wing to each side of the ship.

Two wings attached to rocket ship
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Step 9

You guessed it — it's time to add some cuteness. I glued three glittery stars to each wing and a teal cat head silhouette (printed off the internet and cut out of cardboard) to the front door.

Gold stars on wings and cat head silhouette on door
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Now, tuck a cozy blanket inside the rocket and grant kitty permission to board the ship!

Cat laying inside cardboard rocket ship
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Finished cardboard cat rocket ship
credit: Trisha Sprouse