DIY Popsicle Stick Airplane Craft.
To put it mildly, my kids are obsessed with airplanes. We took our first big family vacation recently and it was also their first time flying. They adored the experience so much that they’ve talked about nothing but airplanes and flying ever since; I’m pretty sure they liked the process of traveling to and from our vacation destination more than they liked the place we went itself. I’ve always kept their interested in crafting alive and well by making things that pay tribute to their favourite things elsewhere, which is why I’ve been collecting DIY airplane themed ideas lately.
My kids have always loved crafting with popsicle sticks because it’s something simple that they can feel independent about by doing it almost entirely themselves with very little help, so I just knew they’d adore this popsicle stick airplane idea, and I was right!
How To make Popsicle Stick Airplane
Paint (black, light and dark blue)
A black marker
Start by building the body of your plane. You’ll stack five whole popsicle sticks on top of each other, but you’ll stagger them instead of matching their ends up evenly. Apply hot glue down the length of your first stick, but avoid putting it all the way t one end; this will be the nose of your plane and will stay uncovered. Stick your second stick down on top of the first but pull it back a little from the end you avoided putting glue on; you want just a couple millimetres to show from underneath the tip of the second stick.
Repeat the process to place a third, fourth, and fifth stick down, pulling each one back from the tip of the one below it a little so the front end at the nose of your plane has a sloped shape. Turn this upside down so the first stick is on the top and the front of the plane protrudes.
Next, use your secateurs to cut some popsicle sick pieces. First, you’ll cut one rounded end off a whole stick about a third of the way down its length, angling your shears at a diagonal and leaving you with two pieces, one longer than the other, both with pointed and angled ends. You’ll leave this angled end on the longer piece but, on your shorter piece, use your secateurs to cut the point off and make a straight edge.
Repeat this entire process with a second stick so you have two angled long pieces and two straight edge shorter pieces. Near the nose of your place, about a third of the way back, you’ll place your wings. Apply glue across the full width of the popsicle stick and stick the angled ends of your longer cut sticks down there, flipped to mirror each other with their diagonal edges facing down towards the back of the plane or the tail.
Take one of your leftover angled short pieces with the rounded popsicle stick end and apply glue to its diagonal edge. Stick it about a centimetre up from the back end of your plane so it stands perpendicularly to the plane’s body and leans back thanks to that diagonal angle. This is the tail of your plane. Now grab the two short pieces you cut straight edges onto at the beginning of your first wing process and glue them flat side down and at right angles on either side of your standing tailpiece.
Use your paintbrush to paint the top and bottom of the side tail wing pieces light blue! Then clean your brush and paint the standing perpendicular piece dark blue.
Use your black marker to draw a windshield on the front of the plane, filling in the top and front edge of the third, fourth, and fifth laters in the top side of the plane’s nose. Then use your marker to draw tiny square windows in a row down each side of the plane.