How to Make a Jet Plane Using a Shoe Box

Updated April 17, 2017

Making a jet plane out of a cardboard shoebox is a craft project that children of all ages can enjoy. This project is a creative and environmentally friendly way to reuse those old shoe boxes in the back of the closet. You can make this project more or less challenging depending on the age of the child; create a very simple plane for small children and allow older children more freedom to customise their cardboard jets.

Use the long, narrow shoebox as the plane's body. Put the lid on top of the box and glue or tape it closed.

Cut two long, rectangular pieces from the extra cardboard. Each piece should measure about 6 by 3 inches. The rectangular pieces will form the plane's wings. Alternatively, use two equilateral triangles for the wings, measuring 6 inches on all sides.

Bend one of the 3-inch sides of the rectangle approximate one-half inch. Glue the wings to the sides of the box, close to what will become the nose of the plane. Spread the glue on the bend of the rectangle and press against the aeroplane side.

Cut a 2-inch equilateral triangle from the extra cardboard. This piece of cardboard will be the tail of the jet plane.

Bend one of the sides of the triangle approximately one-half inch. Spread glue on the bent cardboard and press into the back of the plane. Glue the tail to the top, back portion of the plane's body.

Allow the glue to dry.

Paint the aeroplane white, or whatever colour you desire. Let the first coat of paint dry.

Paint windows along the outside of the aeroplane body and add details such as an airline logo or slogan. You can even draw people's faces in the windows.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard shoebox
  • Additional cardboard pieces or an extra cardboard box
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Markers and embellishments (optional)
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About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, and Demand Studios.