Salvaged Sub


Getting Started

Always use your imagination and be creative when building this project or any others. It's your creation, so be inventive when looking for building supplies you just may be surprised! When building your project, experiment with new and different ways of putting it together. The most important thing is to have fun!

1Find these or similar supplies!

• Milk or juice carton
• Masking tape
• Straws
• Some old cardboard or construction paper
• Markers or pens for customizing
• Small paper cups
• Two toilet paper and paper towel tubes
• Egg carton

1. What will you use?

This project has a lot of creative breathing room. There is really no wrong way to make a Salvaged Sub, so play around with your design before you start gluing or taping everything up.


2. Lay out your design!

This is the basic design for my Salvaged Sub. The toilet paper and paper towel tubes go along the milk carton body, with the small paper cups inserted in the ends. For the front of the tubes I trimmed down some egg carton pieces and stuck them on for a streamlined look. Add a cup and a piece of plastic to the top and you’ve got a Submarine!


43. Cover your pieces in tape!

Now for my finished Sub I took all my pieces apart and covered everything in masking tape. I used an orange tape for the tubes and the milk carton, and regular tape for all the other pieces.

4. Color however you like!

I then colored all of the other pieces (cups, front caps, wings, etc.) with a yellow marker. You can always just color your Sub without the tape, or decorate it with paint.


5. Attach the parts!

When I was finished coloring all the pieces I started attaching the parts. The big paper towel tubes go along the bottom, the smaller toilet paper tubes on the top, with some little cardboard fins. The paper cup goes on top, providing the crew with an access hatch.


76. Add details!

Now at this point I started adding lots of little details to make my sub look cool. The grasper arms are simple to make, just tape two bending straws together and attach them to the sides of your sub. The “hands” on the grasping arms are cut from some tape.




7. Customize, customize, customize!

A plastic lid can become an observation bubble! I also used some straws and bottle caps as my Sub’s floodlights. These help illuminate the murky ocean deep!


8. Finished!

The last little detail was my front window. You can draw your crew’s faces so they can pilot your Salvaged Sub through the ocean! Voila! A Salvage Sub!