Introduction: Star Ship Enterprise From Cardboard

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Have you been wanting to do something fun with cardboard? Or you're a fan of "Star Trek" and you want to create something fun to sit out for show and tell? Well, this might be a fun project! You could do it yourself, with a friend or for a friend!


  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Knife (preferably an exacto knife or utility knife)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Grey spray paint
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Draw the Main Saucer Section Circle

Draw two large circles using a large plate for tracing.

Step 2: Draw a Second Size of Circle for the Saucer

Draw, onto cardboard, another circle that is a little amount smaller than the first one drawn.

Step 3: Create a Third Sized Circle for the Saucer

Draw another two circles a little bit smaller than the circles drawn in the last step. Cut all of the circles out with a knife. When you glue the saucer circles together, they should look like the picture above.

Step 4: Glue the Two Largest Circles Together

Glue the two largest circles together that were drawn in the first step.

Step 5: Glue the Largest Circles to the Second Largest Circles

Glue the combination of the two largest circles to the second largest circles that were drawn in the second step.

Step 6: Glue the Last of the Circles Together

Glue the last two circles to the combination of the circles already glued together.

Step 7: Draw the Section for the Main Bridge

Draw a mushroom shape onto the cardboard and cut it out. It should be smaller than your hand.

Step 8: Glue the Mushroom Shape to the Saucer

Glue the mushroom shape to the top of the saucer.

Step 9: Create the Main Bridge

Draw an oval with one flat edge. Draw a second oval that is small enough to fit inside the oval with the flat edge (the smaller oval should be about the same size as your thumb).

Step 10: Glue the Seperate Pieces of the Main Bridge

Glue the separate oval-shaped pieces together.

Step 11: Glue the Main Bridge Section to the Saucer

Glue the two pieces, that were glued together in the last step, to the mushroom shaped piece that was already glued to the saucer.

Step 12: Create a Large Triangle

Draw a large funnel shape onto cardboard and cut it out. Glue it to the middle of the saucer so that it is pretty much lined up with the mushroom shape.

Step 13: Add the Stand to the Funnel Shape

Draw two ramp shapes that are small enough to fit underneath the funnel shape. Glue both together, then glue it underneath the funnel shape.

Step 14: Create a Short Funnel Shape

Draw a shorter funnel shape onto cardboard. Cut it out and glue it to the end of the ramp-shaped piece located underneath the saucer.

Step 15: Create the Main Section of the Secondary Hull

Draw a shape that looks similar to a head and shoulders. This should be almost as wide as the saucer section, but no larger in size.

Step 16: Add a Stabler for the Saucer

Draw a rectangle small enough to fit in between the saucer and the secondary hull section. Glue it in its place centered in between the saucer and the secondary hull.

Step 17: Create the Base for the Warp Engines

Draw four small rectangles that are as wide as the "shoulder" shape of the secondary hull.

Step 18: Glue the Base of the Warp Engines

Glue the bases for the warp engines onto the ends of the "shoulder" shapes of the secondary hull.

Step 19: Adding Dimesion to the Secondary Hull

Draw an oval the same size as the "head" shape of the secondary hull. Draw a line through it so that it looks like the picture above. Cut it out and glue it to the "head" shaped part of the secondary hull so that it tips up.

Step 20: Create the Warp Engines

Draw four large skinny rectangles onto cardboard and cut them out. These will be the warp engines.

Step 21: Round the Edges of the Warp Engines

Round every edge of the rectangles so that it looks like the picture above. Then glue them into pairs so that it's two separate pieces.

Step 22: Glue the Warp Engines to the Ship

Now glue them to the warp engine bases so that there is more of the warp engine sticking out of the front side of the bases.

Step 23: Add Dimension to the Warp Engines

Draw another two rectangles that are a size smaller than the normal warp engine rectangles. Round the edges, then cut them out. Hot glue them to the top of the warp engines.

Step 24: Spray Paint the Ship

Spray paint the whole ship grey.

Step 25: Write the Name on the Ship

Write "USS Enterprise", then below it "NCC-1701".

Step 26: Add Lights to the Ship

Using acrylic paint, neatly mark lines of white on the top of the ship as shown in the picture.

Step 27: Paint More Lights on the Ship

Paint some more white lines on the lower section of the ship.

Step 28: Paint the Warp Engines

Paint a pinkish-red color on the tip of the warp engines.

Step 29: Paint Design on the Warp Engines

Paint the outside edges of the warp engines white. Then paint some white on the top of the warp engines as well. Make it so it looks like the picture above.

Step 30: Paint the Impulse Engines

Paint a streak of red in the following spots:

  1. The lower part of the visible large triangle attaching to the secondary hull section
  2. The lower left section above the left warp engine
  3. The lower right section above the right warp engine

Step 31: Add Detail to the Warp Engines

Paint two lines down both of the warp engines spaced a fair amount apart from each other. Then, paint an oval above those lines so that it looks like the picture above.

Step 32: Add Design to the Red Designs on the Warp Engines

Paint a white design, similar to the look of a lilly pad or a sheild, onto the oval part of the red design that you painted in the last step.

Step 33: Finished!

Now your Enterprise star ship is finished! Hope you enjoy creating and presenting your art work for others!

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