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How to Build Your Own Little Cardboard Satellite

Spare cardboard can be turned into a playhouse satellite.
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If your little one loves playing in her own playhouse, consider making her a cute accessory to add to the little home. A cardboard satellite can easily be made using some spare materials you may already have on hand. Aluminum foil will give the cardboard craft an authentic touch, and the piece can then be attached to the top of the playhouse. Making a toy prop like this on your own can save costs over purchasing a similar item from a toy store.

Things You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Foam Ball
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Glue
  • Tape

Cut a four-sided shape from a sheet of cardboard. Make the perimeter of the shape about 6 feet around, with the two sides about 1 foot tall. Round the upper and bottom lines, like you are making a smile. The result should be a four-sided panel that is a similar shape to a plastic cone used around a dog's neck, when the cone is unrolled.

Roll the two short edges of the panel toward each other, so that the cardboard is twisted into a cone shape. Staple the ends together to help the cardboard keep the cone shape.

Cover the cardboard cone with aluminum foil on both the front and back of the cone. Use clear tape to secure the aluminum foil pieces in place.

Wrap an empty paper towel roll with aluminum foil.

Wrap a foam craft ball from a craft store with a piece of aluminum foil. Glue the ball to one end of the paper towel roll.

Glue the paper towel rod into the center of the satellite cone. Let it dry.

Attach the satellite to the top of a playhouse with craft glue, masking tape or a staple gun.

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