How to make a cardboard airplane for kids to sit in

Updated April 17, 2017

Children are always looking for new toys. Instead of constantly purchasing new items, consider making a cardboard aeroplane for your child to play in. Cardboard aeroplanes are moderately easy to make and will provide hours of fun for relatively little expense. Large cardboard aeroplanes are not only relatively inexpensive; they are a great way to recycle.

Fold two of the bottom flaps into the box and tape them to the edges. Do the same with all of the top flaps.

Cut semicircles in two of the remaining flaps. This will allow your child to stand in the aeroplane.

Break down another box and cut out two large ovals. Cut a straight line approximately 4 inches off the wide end of each oval. These ovals will become the plane wings.

Break down the final box and draw a large trapezoid on it for the plane tail. Cut out the tail.

Attach the tail to the plane body with a hot glue gun. Support the tail with duct tape.

Glue the wings to the plane body and use duct tape to create a support for each wing.

Paint the cardboard plane and decorate it with electrical tape and stickers.

Punch four holes in the plane body. Each hole should be above the wing and approximately three inches from the top of the box. Thread the fabric strips through the holes and adjust them so they will hold the plane in place as your child plays. Knot the ends to hold the straps in place. Do not cut any additional fabric from the straps, as this will allow you to readjust as your child grows or for other children who would like to use the plane.


Paint the cardboard box in a well-ventilated area. Allow the box to dry completely before decorating it.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 large cardboard boxes
  • Utility knife
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Paint
  • Stickers
  • Ice pick
  • 2 fabric strips (1 1/2 inches wide by 30 inches long)
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