How to Make Homemade Propellers

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How to Make Homemade Propellers
Make homemade toy propellers. (toy aeroplane image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

Any homemade toy aeroplane is in need of a set of propellers, and you can design and create a set yourself that will actually spin when attached to your craft project. Using some household items like toothpicks and paper, you can create custom propellers and even get kids involved in the project.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Craft paper
  • Craft glue
  • Glass
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 toothpicks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place an upside down glass on a piece of craft paper and trace its perimeter with a pencil. Do this a second time so that you have drawn 2 equally sized circles on the paper.

    How to Make Homemade Propellers
    Trace the perimeter of the upside down glass with a pencil. (pencil image by Richard Seeney from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Draw the shape of the propeller inside each circle. The shape should look like a four-petal flower with space between each blade of the propeller. Stop the propeller blades at the line of the circle to get a nice, even shape.

    How to Make Homemade Propellers
    Draw the shape of the propeller inside each circle. (propeller image by John Sandoy from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Cut out each four-petal flower from the craft paper, so you now having a matching set of propeller blades.

    How to Make Homemade Propellers
    Cut out each four-petal flower from the craft paper. (scissors image by Pefkos from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Pierce a toothpick through the centre of each propeller so that the toothpick sticks out about half an inch. You should now be able to twirl the propeller around the toothpick by flicking it with your finger.

    How to Make Homemade Propellers
    Pierce a toothpick through the centre of each propeller. (toothpicks image by leafy from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Attach the propellers to the plane you're making using craft glue or tape.

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