Out of the Box
Blue Peter cast on set with Jemma Westing for Out of the Box

Behind the Scenes With Blue Peter and Out of the Box

Behind the Scenes With Blue Peter and Out of the Box

Our brilliant author Jemma Westing recently appeared on CBBC favourite Blue Peter to show off a Blue Peter badge boat craft and her book Out of the Box. The best bit? She also brought along a (nearly) life-size Blue Peter ship made entirely of cardboard! How’s that for crafty? 

See how the whole day went down with this exclusive behind the scenes photo diary by Senior Press Officer Viv Watton. It takes us all the way from boat set-up to on-camera crafting! Let's set sail...


After a flying visit to the Blue Peter studio we meet Producer Bjorn and head over to the Blue Peter Garden. An early start is essential when you’ve got a 13 foot cardboard boat to construct and get ready for filming by 9AM!


All hands on deck (excuse the pun!) as we lay out the pieces to get ready for boat building.


Now where is the piece that comes next? Jemma has designed the boat as a giant slot kit so everything has to be put together in the right order.


Ready to raise the sails.


All rigged up and secured to the ground. It’s a bit windy in Salford Quays!


And it’s up! Looking majestic in the early morning sun.


After make-up, Jemma talks through the script with Producer Bjorn and the Floor Manager.


Jemma and presenter Lindsey rehearse. They have to get the badge boat steps just right and try to avoid saying ‘Here’s one I made earlier’!


A group of local school children arrive to be the live audience and model some of Jemma’s amazing cardboard costumes.


And it’s ‘Lights, Camera, Action’!


It’s a wrap! Footage is in the can and Jemma gets a chance to hang out with Blue Peter presenters Lindsey, Barney and Radzi. Jemma and Radzi talk about sky-diving and their hair!


We leave tired but happy after a super full-on four hours. The smiles say it all!



Missed Jemma’s appearance? Catch up on CBBC iPlayer here. Want to learn how to build your own Blue Peter badge boat? Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

To discover another great cardboard craft, watch our Build Your Own Recycled Cardboard Robot Costume tutorial video below (spaceships not included!)

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