Aviation Day Plane & Shuttle

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by Eileen Farley, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Aviation Day Plane & Shuttle

Ground control to Major Mom! Do your little ones have the right stuff? If they do, here'’s a perfect space craft project for all future biplane pilots and rocket astronauts. Introduce your creative kids to engineering with our fun, imaginative DIY airplane and space shuttle.

Let's see how your child's creativity is taking flight! Post finished project pics with the hashtag: #ACMooreInspired

Project Details

  • Level:ages 5 + up
  • Time:1 hour + drying time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Airplane:
    Step A: Download and print the project templates. Use the templates to cut the shapes from the Bristol paper. Take the paper towel tube and cut 2" off of one end, and then cut two 1-1/2" pieces from the 2" piece you just cut off. Roll each piece into a small tube and tape closed.
    Step B: Trace one end of the paper towel tube onto the Bristol paper to make a circle. Cut the circle out and tape to one end of the tube. On the other end, cut a slit on each side about 1” from the end to fit the back wing. Now cut a slit from the same end of the tube about 3/4"” in from the end, centered between the first two slits. This is for the rudder.
    Step C: Paint the body of the plane True Red. Paint the wings, rudder and rolled tubes that you previously made Cadmium Yellow. Paint the propeller Sky Grey. Cut four 3/4" diameter circles from the Bristol paper and paint Lamp (Ebony) Black. Let the paints dry on one side before painting the other sides. Once dry, glue the two wings together with the rolled tubes standing up between them on each side. Cut the cotton swab in half and glue the cotton ends between two of the black circles for wheels.
    Step D: Place the back wing through the two slits in the tube, and then place the rudder in the center slit. Attach the front wings to the body with 3D foam adhesive discs. Use double the discs on the top and on the bottom. Attach the propeller with double 3D foam adhesive discs to the front of the body.
    Step E: When the glue on the wheels is dry, poke two holes with your scissors under the body in front of the wings. Don’t make them too big. Glue the ends of the assembled wheels into each hole and let the glue dry.
  • 2
    Space Shuttle:
    Step A: Download and print the project templates. Use the templates to cut the shapes from the Bristol paper. Take the paper towel tube and cut 2" off of one end, and then cut the small piece you cut off into 3 equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a cylinder shape and tape closed.
    Step B: Cut a 3/4" slit on opposite sides of one end of the paper towel tube. Then, cut a 1-1/2” slit in the top of this tube about 1” from the opposite end of your previous slits and centered between the first two slits you cut.
    Step C: Paint the paper towel tube Snow (Titanium) White with the small foam roller. Paint the three small cylinders True Red with the paintbrush. Once the paint is dry, draw markings on this tube's, wings, rudder and nose cone with the Black marker. You can copy our markings or create your own. Glue the True Red cylinders into the back end of this tube. Glue the wings under it. Place the rudder into the top slit. Place the nose cone into the front slits.
    Step D: Cut one end of the toilet paper tube on a slant. Paint this tube Snow (Titanium) White with the roller and let dry. Glue under the shuttle for a handle and stand.

Project Details

  • Level:ages 5 + up
  • Time:1 hour + drying time

Project Supplies

  • •EKSuccess 3-D Dots Adhesive Foam Discs, DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Cadmium Yellow, Grey Sky & Lamp (Ebony) Black, Elmer's Washable White School Glue 7.625 oz., Cotton Swab & 1 inch Foam Brush (Plane)
  • •Toilet Paper Cardboard Tube, Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Flat Shader Size 8, Prismacolor Marker Black, DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint Snow (Titanium) White, Elmer’s Glue-All 4 oz. & Small Sponge Roller (Shuttle)
  • •Three Paper Towel Cardboard Tubes (you will need one for the Plane and one for the Shuttle), Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad 11 inch x 14 inch, Tape & Scissors
Download Project Template