Homemade Cardboard Airplane Costume

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Homemade Cardboard Airplane Costume
Encourage your child's love of flying by making a homemade aeroplane costume. (Young Boy image by Steve Lovegrove from Fotolia.com)

Give your little aviator a way to spread her wings and "fly"; make a homemade aeroplane costume out of cardboard. You will use a few commonly found household items and some spray paint to build this homage to her inner pilot. The costume is meant to be worn over an outfit or plain-coloured sweats; dress her as her favourite aviator to complete the look.

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Things you need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Duct tape
  • Three cans of spray paint, any colour
  • Two 200ml tubes of acrylic paint, secondary colour
  • Small paint brush
  • Box cutter
  • One large roll aluminium foil
  • One small roll plastic cling wrap
  • One large red button
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Two 24-inch long hook-and-loop fasteners

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  1. 1

    Secure the top and bottom box flaps using duct tape; this encloses the box completely. Cover over the outside flaps entirely to hide the seam. Use a rectangular box 24 to 48 inches tall; a smaller child requires a smaller box than a taller child. Lay the box horizontal to tape the ends.

    Homemade Cardboard Airplane Costume
    Lay the box horizontal to tape the end flaps together. (boxes_rectangle image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Keep the box laying horizontal; measure and cut a 12-inch-by-12-inch hole on the "top" of the box for the head. Measure two 8-inch-by-8-inch holes on each "side" of the box for the child's arms to fit through; cut out the holes but save the extra cardboard for step 3. Flip the box over completely and cut out the bottom of the box; this is the where the feet go through. Save the extra cardboard for step 3.

  3. 3

    Measure two of the leftover cardboard scraps to make the wings; 12 to 18 inches long and 5 to 10 inches wide. Use extra cardboard strips to make a windshield frame; take four 6-inch strips of cardboard laid in the shape of a square and secure them together with duct tape.

  4. 4

    Paint the body and wings of the plane using spray paint. Allow 12 hours to dry. Repeat with a second coat to attain the desired colour. Allow 12 hours to dry.

  5. 5

    Use a small paint brush to give detail to the body and wings of the plane. Make horizontal stripes or ask your child what design he or she wants on the plane. Allow 8 to 12 hours to dry. Add a second coat of paint to the design if necessary.

  6. 6

    Add cling film to the windshield; measure the cling film and tape or glue the ends to the inside edges of the windshield. Glue the windshield to the plane; take the bottom, outside portion of the windshield and glue to the inside, top of the head opening. Allow 6 to 8 hours to dry.

  7. 7

    Measure two 15-inch sections of aluminium foil and form into propellers. Glue the propellers to the front of the plane. Allow 2 to 4 hours to dry. Glue the red button on top of the foil propellers; let dry for 1 hour.

  8. 8

    Add the wings to the plane; place the wings just above the arm cutouts and secure in place with craft glue. Let dry for 2 to 4 hours.

  9. 9

    Attach the hook-and-loop fasteners to the plane. The fasteners need to go from the front to the back on both sides of the aeroplane; this will keep the costume on. Glue the hook-and-loop squares on both sides of the front and back of the plane. Attach the straps to the hook-and-loop fasteners. This allows you to adjust the size of the straps to better accommodate your child.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a scarf and goggles to the costume to create the "pilot" look.
  • Use a hot glue gun to secure the wings to the body of the plane if they are too heavy.
  • Use spray paint outside or in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets.

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