I was cleaning out some files at home a couple of months ago and came across a loads of CD instruction booklets.  I could have thrown them away, but as usually I horded them away at work to use for some sort of craft/activity.  Well, it is a good thing I did, because BB and I were using them to make CD hovercrafts.

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To make your own CD hovercrafts you will need:

  • CDs
  • Paper
  • Balloons
  • Pens
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • The cap to a bottle of fairy liquid or sports drink bottle

Start by tracing around the CD.  Decorate your circle before cutting it out.  Don’t forget you will also need to cut out the middle hole of the CD.

Stick the cut-out circle to the CD.

cd hovercraft

Then using a hot glue gun, glue the top of your bottle to the CD.  It needs to line up with the middle hole.

Blow up your balloon and twist the end around.  Pull the end of the balloon over the top of the bottle top.

When you have the CD hovercraft on the surface you want to use, untwist the balloon.  The balloon should release all the trapped air and, in the process, make the CD hovercraft move.  It kind of reminds me of an air hockey table.

BB and I had fun sending our CD hovercrafts back and forth across the kitchen table.  We even added playmobile figurines to them.

If you enjoyed making these CD hovercrafts, be sure to check out my teddy bear parachutes and build a lift challenge.

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