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Space Animation Box

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Let's go to space! Use our template to construct your own animated space box. Move the dowels in the same direction and watch the rocket fly through space!
  • Step 1Print out your templates and decorate them using pencils or markers. Cut each part out using scissors. You will need to print page one of the template PDF on A3 paper so that your picture is the correct size for the rest of the design. 
  • Step 2Paint the first coat onto your diorama box and allow to dry. You may wish to chose another colour or decorate the diorama in a different way. Assemble one end of the diorama, leaving the other side open to place in the picture and reels.
  • Step 3Use your cardboard roll to draw four circles onto cardboard and then cut them out. Then using a wooden dowel mark out holes in the centre of each circle and cut them out also.
  • Step 4Stick each circle to the end of your cardboard rolls using sticky tape. Then insert the wooden dowels and use a hot glue gun to secure them together. 
  • Step 5Create two holes in the top and two in the bottom of the diorama box to allow room for the reels. The distance between the two should be 18.5cm.
  • Step 6Using the areas marked, glue the two pieces of the template together without folding or creasing the paper.
  • Step 7Place the two reels between the image as shown above. Make sure that each reel is aligned to the edge of the paper.
  • Step 8Carefully place the image and reels inside the diorama box and fit each end into the holes you cut earlier.
  • Step 9Straighten out a paper clip and glue it to the back of your rocket image. 
  • Step 10Place the rocket into the box and pierce a hole into the bottom of the diorama box. You wil need a hot glue gun to secure the rocket in place. 
  • Step 11Finish by adding the final paint touches to your diorama box. You may wish to decorate your box with glitter and washi tape like the image above.

Materials used in this activity

Round Paint Brushes - Assorted - Pack of 30
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Heavy Duty Cardboard Rolls - Assorted Sizes - Pack of 75
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Product Code: 10770
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CleverPatch Glue Gun - Low Melt
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Product Code: 11208
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Product Code: 12284
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Cardboard Diorama Boxes - White - Pack of 10
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Product Code: 13069
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CleverPatch Fine Glitter - Silver - 145g Shaker Tub
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Product Code: 15152
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Product Code: 16912
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Clear Sticky Tape - 18mm x 66m
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Product Code: 17769
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Wooden Dowel - Natural - Pack of 25
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Product Code: 18144
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Washi Glitter Tape - Pack of 8
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Product Code: 18155
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