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DIY Rocket Tutorial from a Sam’s Club Huggies Box

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My youngest son is turning one year old next week. This year has flown by! The transition from one kid to two kids has been a great learning experience for all of us.

My oldest son is really enjoying his role as the older brother. We give him lots of jobs to do to help with his brother.

One of his jobs is to bring me diapers and wipes. We go through a lot of Huggies®! That means we have a never-ending stream of empty Huggies boxes from Sam’s Club.

Huggies boxes from Sam's Club

We love repurposing our Huggies Little Movers and Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipe Refills boxes. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

My almost-four-year-old contributes a lot to our family. He’s been learning how to be patient and how to entertain himself.

It’s been wonderful to see him grow and develop his own interests. He’s very into space exploration right now.

The other day, he asked me if we could build a rocket. He had been using pillows to attempt to build a rocket and he was getting frustrated. I glanced over at the stack of empty Huggies boxes and thought we could figure something out.

Here’s what we came up with:

How to Create a Rocket out of a Huggies Box

Huggies boxes from Sam's Club

These Huggies boxes were my inspiration for this DIY activity.

Materials Needed:
  • Huggies Box
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Red and Yellow Tissue Paper
  • Pipe Cleaners (or stickers/embellishments of any kind)
  • Box Cutter or Sturdy Scissors
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Marker
1. Gather Supplies
Huggies DIY Rocket Ship from Sam's Club box

High-fives for gathering all our materials! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

When working on crafts, I always like to search the house for supplies. I have a closet full of wrapping paper.

I get a little crazy during after Christmas sales. So, I was fully expecting our rocket to feature Santa or snowmen.

Thankfully, I found a roll of gold foil wrap that I got on clearance last year. Major score! It ended up being the exact right amount to cover the whole box.

I also had tissue paper left over from my DIY Mickey Mouse Picture Frame. And I had pipe cleaners left over from my Airplane Busy Bags.

2. Cut Off Short Flaps on Top of Huggies Box
Creating a Rocket from Sam's Club Huggies Boxes

After this shot, I switched from scissors to box cutters. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

My husband is a computer engineer for Boeing, so I asked his advice about how to build the rocket.

He recommended that I taper the box flaps to form the wings. I admit, this was a bit sleeker than just leaving the flap as is (which was my original plan.) He also suggested adding the exhaust pipes. I was a little annoyed that I hadn’t thought of it myself.

But, I loved the idea and went full steam ahead!

3. Cover Box with Wrapping Paper
DIY Rocket out of Sam's Club Huggies Boxes

My son did a great job smoothing the packing tape. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

I’d suggest unrolling your wrapping paper first to make sure you have enough. I used foil wrapping paper and I liked it because it’s more durable than regular wrapping paper.

But, you can go crazy with a print, or opt for a solid color.

4. Decorate
DIY Rocket ship out of Sam's Club boxes

Here is the exhaust pipe covered in wrapping paper. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Creating a DIY rocket out of a Sam's Club cardboard box

We added tissue paper to simulate flames! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Decorating a DIY rocket with Sam's Club

My son loved learning how to make springs out of pipe cleaners. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

My original plan was to let my son decorate it and use his imagination. I love crafts that are as much about the process as the final product.

However, I got really into making this rocket and had a vision. My son mostly just got to tape down the wrapping paper.

But, then I felt bad that I overtook the project. So, I showed him how to wrap a pipe cleaner around his finger to make a spring. Then, he decided where we should place the springs.

5. Enjoy!
DIY Rocket from Huggies Box from Sam's Club

He was over the moon excited! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

In the end, my son LOVED this rocket! I have a feeling, this will be the first of many. Maybe my son can have creative control of the next one.

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I joined Sam’s Club online and purchased 2 packages of Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipe Refills and box of Huggies Little Movers diapers.

We use wipes for our entire family. These ones are perfect for wiping faces and sticky hands (mine included.)

I love Sam’s Club because they have free samples! Last week, I was able to grab a sample pack of Huggies diapers, try some salad, get a cookie for my son, and get a pack of crackers from the Freeosk sample station. They also occasionally offer free samples online.

As a Mom of little kids, I’m appreciative of their Club Pickup option. I can shop online when I get a spare moment at home. Then, a Sam’s Club employee will gather my items and I can pop in to pick them up.

Some locations even have a drive-thru option!

For the days where we shop in store, I love their Scan and Go service. It’s so easy that my preschooler can help me! You can join Sam’s Club online here or visit your local club.

DIY Rocket Tutorial

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Cynthia Nicoletti

Saturday 30th of September 2017

How cute such a great DIY project. Love huggies !!


Monday 2nd of October 2017

Huggies have been a staple in our house!


Saturday 30th of September 2017

OMG I mean come on!!! How cute is this!?? I don't have any kiddos at that age of my own, but I have a niece who would have so much fun with this! Saving for later!


Monday 2nd of October 2017

It's been great for imaginative play! And my son just got an astronaut costume, so he's been in heaven!


Friday 29th of September 2017

Love the creativity and craftiness! Thanks for sharing!


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Tuesday 26th of September 2017

This is a fun DIY! Kids love playing with boxes, and this is another great weekend craft idea. #client


Thursday 28th of September 2017

We've been having a "blast" with this one :)

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