Build Your Own Paper Rocket


  • Paper rocket PDF template
  • Cardstock or heavy paper
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper for tail fin
  • Tape and/or glue
  • String or yarn, if hanging
  • Decorative materials for trail





  1. Download and print our PDF template on cardstock. (Tip: Be sure your printer is set to print at 100% without scaling.)
  2. Cut out the cone and body pieces, as well as the tail fin template.
  3. Trace the tail fin template onto colored cardstock or paper of your choice, cut it out, and cut slits into it as marked.
  4. Roll the body piece into a tube, overlapping the ends about ¼”, and secure with tape, glue or staples.
  5. Shape the cone piece by overlapping the straight edges about ¼”, and secure with tape or glue. (Tip: A glue stick works well for this, but you may need to hold the edges together until they dry.)
  6. Apply glue generously to one end of the body tube and attach the cone. (Tip: Hot glue works well for this, or craft/tacky glue. A glue stick won’t be thick enough.)
  7. If you’d like to hang the rocket, pierce a hole in the top of the body (closer to the cone end than to the tail end), knot the end of the string, and thread it through the hole from the inside until the knot is snug against the inside of the body.
  8. Slide the tail fin onto the end of the body, using the slits cut previously.
  9. If you’d like to add a flame or trail, you can attach it to the tail fin with tape or glue. For our photo, we rolled up a long piece of aluminum foil, cut slits evenly all around one end, and fanned out the pieces. Other possible materials: tinsel, metallic or shiny scrapbooking paper, vellum, orange feathers, or any other decorations you can think of!