DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Space Collage Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Dinosaurs and spaceships seem to be two things
that span all generations. My kids are as fascinated by outer space as I was at my
age. Take some time to talk about some of the great historical moments in space
travel or about what's happening currently. This is a great craft to make before
taking a trip to Florida (insert wistful sigh)!
Materials you will need are a printer, Aluminum foil,
paper , scissors, glue, something to
colour with and a pen or marker. Optional materials are a shoe box, string, sparkle
glue, a picture of the child and tissue paper.
- Print out the template of choice.
- Colour pieces, as necessary.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Cover the space ship piece entirely with Aluminum foil
so you have a nice shiny spaceship (apply glue to the template piece so the Aluminum foil will
- For older kids, you can use a single piece of Aluminum foil and wrap it carefully around the template piece.
- For younger kids, it's likely easier to rip the Aluminum foil into one inch square pieces and let them glue those all over the template.
- Glue on decorations. Some ideas are:
- one of the flags or the word NASA on the tail
- a picture of your child (or a magazine picture of
a person) where the window would be. You can make the outline of a window with a
square scrap of paper.
- sparkle glue swirls
- You can either make a paper collage or a shoe box
collage, depending on the child's dexterity and the supplies you have on hand.
- For the easier paper collage, simply glue the
planets and stars to a piece of black or blue construction paper (or a piece of white
paper which has been painted or coloured a dark colour).
- You can also add balled up pieces of tissue paper
as small planets or stars. You can also decorate further with sparkle glue.
- Then glue your decorated spaceship on overtop of
- For the more difficult shoe box collage, paint
the inside of the shoe box a dark colour (or cover the inside with dark coloured
- Glue planets on the inside of the box (it should
be tipped up on its side for viewing).
- Again, use balled up tissue paper or sparkle glue
to decorate further.
- Poke a hole in the top of the spaceship and in
the top of the tipped up shoe box. Hang the spaceship with a piece of thread,
fishing line or yarn (the thread or fishing line will be hard to see and will make the
ship look like it's flying)
- You can also hang a painted tennis ball or
styrofoam ball the same way to make a 3D planet or sun (let the kids use their
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP in most browsers).
Template 1 (color)
Template 2 (color)
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Tasha's Space Diarama
Here is a picture of the space diarama that Tasha made in grade
6. Tasha painted a shoe
box black and then painted stars on the inside. After cutting a
large styrofoam ball in half she covered it with plasticine to make the
moon and set that inside the shoe box. Using Sculpy clay that
requires baking she created two astronauts, a spaceship and a little
Earth. The Earth was hung from the top corner of the open box using
a little bit of black thread.