Picture of Wood Rocket Ship with LED Lights
As was explained in my last instructable, my wife and I are doing a space themed nursery for our soon to be born second son. We definitely needed to incorporate a rocket ship into the nursery. I thought of many different possibilities for this project from a stand alone rocket to one suspended from the ceiling. We finally decided to have the rocket mounted to the wall(for space saving reasons) and make it double as a night light.  We hope you enjoy!!  

Supplies that you will need:

2'x4' piece of particle board
Black Sharpie Marker
Gloss Clear Finish Spray Paint
Tightbond III Wood Glue
Piece of round metal
Acorn Nuts
Mailbox reflectors
Rust Proof Chrome Spray Paint
3 LED Lights: I used these.


2 5/8" hole saw bit
Drill/Drill Press
Hot Glue Gun

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Step 1: Step One: Tracing The Rocket

Picture of Step One:  Tracing The Rocket
The first step to this project is picking a rocket design that you like and blowing it up and tracing it onto a piece of poster board. I really REALLY wanted to do a millennium falcon or a U.S.S Enterprise. Lets just say my wife crushed my dreams on that. So we picked this one from some clip art that she found.  I used a document camera to blow it up and trace it.  I also, decided to switch out the flames on our rocket with something more exciting so i whipped something up on a piece of cardboard so it would be more sturdy.

Step 2: Step Two: Tracing and Cutting the Rocket

Picture of Step Two:  Tracing and Cutting the Rocket
I then, traced the rocket design onto a 2'x4' piece of particle board.  I used a jigsaw to cut out the design and sanded down the rough edges. The corners in the flame were not perfect so i used a triangle file and a rat tail fie to smooth them out. Tip: When making tight turns with a jigsaw like in these flames use a small blade and take it slow. I learned this the hard way!!!
I love it. My son has been asking for a space ship and until I saw this I didn't know what to do. I'm currently in the painting stage but I can't find reflectors small enough for the life of me. Can you be so kind as to tell me where you found the ones you used? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!

They are walmart bicylcle reflectors. Post a picture of yours I'd love to see it. Sorry this is so late LOL!!!!!111

PeckLauros1 year ago

Nice rocket!

dirtysnake1012 (author)  PeckLauros1 year ago


sunshiine2 years ago
What a great project! thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day!