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Make a Super Fun Rocket Flyer

Make this awesome Rocket Flyer project for the 4th of July or anytime. It is easy to make and super fun to play with.

I was trying to come up with an interesting and enjoyable project for us to do for the 4th of July this year. We like to shoot things off so I set out to make a rocket-type project that we could have some fun with.

We specialize in activities for boys, and this one is great. My son liked it a lot and I know we will be using it in the coming months.Simply fun! Try these easy to make Rocket Flyers. Great for The 4th of July or any time they will keep your kids playing for a very long time!

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DIY Rocket Flyer!

Materials Needed

Make a Rocket Flyer

1. Center pen on white 8 1/2 long X 3 inch wide strip of paper. Tape paper to pen and roll the pen in the paper taping shut when finished.

2. Fold the top of the paper into two peaks like you are wrapping a package and tape it down.

Directions for making Rocket Flyers DIY Toy for 4th of July

3. At the bottom of the pen barrel do the same but leave about 1/2 inch loose before taping it down. Smush (technical term there) the paper so it looks like the picture with an indent. This is what you are going to use to put against the rubber band as it makes it much easier for kids to shoot the rocket.

4. Make a cone out of colored paper for the top of the rocket. Tape it shut leaving no holes. Stuff pieces of crepe paper or paper towel into the top of the cone. Pack it so the top of the cone is hard. This is so the rocket top doesn’t get crushed upon landing.

5. Cover the paper on the pen with crepe paper or washi tape. Leave the bottom clear (about 1/4 inch or so is fine).

6. Squeeze some E6000 into the top of the rocket cone. You don’t need a lot but make sure you put enough in to hold the cone onto the pen. I put some in and swirled the pen around in there to make sure it was covered and then squeezed the cone around the pen a bit to make sure it stuck.

Shoot Your Rocket Flyer

1. Take a big rubber band and put it around a chair with slats.

2. Pull both pieces of rubber band back, hold the smushed end of the rocket onto the rubber bands, and let fly.

These Rocket Flyers are very easy to make and are so fun to shoot off. Construction tips on site.

They go pretty far and are fun to play with. There are a lot of ways to shoot them. Experiment and see what works best for you.

  • Have 2 people hold the rubber band and pull your rocket flyer back and shoot it.
  • Take them outside and use bigger rubber bands.
  • Use them to try to hit targets.
  • Set up some empty plastic bottles and try to knock them down.

Believe me, we had a blast with these easy to make Rocket Flyers and we hope your kids will too.

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Tuesday 30th of June 2015

We are swooning over here at Kidlutions! Oh, my gosh! We featured you in a play therapy concept. I hope that is okay with you! I'm over-the-moon with this idea! The sky's the limit in terms of what you can do with these rockets! #LOVE


Sheila Rogers

Thursday 2nd of July 2015

Thank you for the feature Wendy. I'm so happy you like them so much. You came up with an interesting way to use them!

Carrie Groneman

Saturday 27th of June 2015

Stopping by from Sat. Evening Family Free For All Party. This is FANTASTIC! Love the simplicity, but fun it is. THANKS for sharing. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

Sheila Rogers

Monday 29th of June 2015

Thanks Carrie! So glad you liked it.


Friday 26th of June 2015

This is such a wonderful craft for 4th of July! I love it! Thanks for linking up at "A Little Bird Told Me" Wednesday link party! You have been featured on Mama's Happy Hive blog. :)

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 27th of June 2015

Vanessa, Thank you for the feature - so exciting! I am super happy you like the craft. Hope you all have fun with it.

Heather H

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Sheila, this is brilliant! We have a purchased space shuttle that works something like this, and my son and my daughters all enjoy it (and fight over it). I never thought about making our own!

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 27th of June 2015

Hi Heather, Thanks much! I had no idea there was a toy like this. We were just goofing around and made it. Well, now you can make these and everyone can play at once or have contests :)

Jennifer Dawn

Thursday 25th of June 2015

These look like a ton of fun to make and play with! What a great idea!

Sheila Rogers

Saturday 27th of June 2015

Thanks Jennifer. I appreciate the comment. They are a lot of fun for sure.