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20 Airplane Crafts for Kids Who Love Airplanes

Kids who love the idea of soaring in the air like a bird will enjoy this list of airplane crafts that includes crafts for planes that can fly, ones that can’t, airplane launchers, and even an airplane costume!

Those with a passion for aeronautical engineering are also welcome (though, don’t be deluded by the paper materials included here)!

There’s just something thrilling about riding a plane. Whether it’s the feeling of being high in the sky or how this big machine defies gravity, riding an airplane is pretty awesome.

7 Soaring Airplane Crafts That Can Fly

1. Giant Paper Airplane

Photo credit: Fireflies and Mudpies

Difficulty: Preschooler

Starting with a big one, Fireflies and Mudpies has this giant airplane craft for kids who want to make a really big paper airplane! All they need is a poster board, stickers, and packing tape to put together this massive airplane craft.

2. Easy Paper Airplane

Difficulty: Preschooler

Here’s an easy-to-follow video for preschoolers to make a normal sized, classic paper airplane craft. The Kidsplainer gives clear instructions on how kids can make this simple paper airplane.

3. Paper Jet Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener

Get ready to enhance your folding skills, kids! Foldable Flight’s easy-to-follow video shows kids how to fold a regular piece of paper (8.5” x 11”) to make an airplane craft that can actually fly!

A grown-up’s help might be needed for some of the folds shown in the video.

4. Paper Concorde Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener

The Concorde was one of the fastest airplanes during its 27 years of operation as it could travel well over the speed of sound. David shows kids how to easily make a paper replica that flies! Just don’t expect it to break any sound barriers.

5. UFO Airplane Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener

For an out of this world paper airplane, user TriKdanG shows kids how to make this flying paper UFO that can boomerang depending on how it’s thrown.

A grown-up might need to help with some of the folds as well as teaching the proper way to throw it.

6. X-Wing Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener

Here’s a video from a galaxy far, far away that shows kids how to make a flying X-Wing from the Star Wars franchise. All kids need is a piece of paper and a bit of help from a grown-up, and they’re good to go!

7. Styrofoam Airplane Craft With Built-in Launcher

Photo credit: Amy’s Free Ideas

Difficulty: Kindergartener

Another way to make an airplane craft fly is by flinging it with a rubber band, just like this one by Amy’s Free Ideas. All kids need is either cardboard or stiff craft foam, a rubber band, cutting tools, washers, and the free plane pattern.

Adult supervision is strongly encouraged for this airplane craft!

10 Other Fun Airplane Crafts for Young Kids

These airplane crafts may not fly, but they make for lovely toys and activities to keep kids busy!

8. Letter A is for Airplane

Photo credit: Planning Playtime

You can’t create the word airplane without the letter A. Planning Playtime helps us grasp the first letter of the alphabet with this letter A craft!

“A” shouldn’t be hard to master for toddlers. These letter A crafts are here should it pose a problem!

9. Footprint Airplane Art

Photo credit: Glued to My Crafts

Difficulty: Toddler

Glued to My Crafts shows how kiddy footprints can serve as wings in this airplane painting. Aside from their feet, kids will also need paint, a canvas, a paintbrush, a paper plate, and some baby wipes for cleaning up!

10. 3D Foam Airplane Craft

Photo credit: Adventure In A Box

Lightweight and sturdy, foam is a material that’s ideal for airplane crafts.

The use of such material is illustrated by Adventure In A Box‘s airplane craft.

Though they won’t fly, these 3D paper flowers shares their beauty in their own way.

11. Paper Hearts Airplane Craft

Photo credit: Busy Bee Kids Crafts

Difficulty: Preschooler

How about an airplane craft that doubles as a Valentine’s day craft? Well, Busy Bee Kids Crafts shows kids how to make this lovely airplane out of hearts with construction paper, scissors, glue, and markers.

What’s great is that a free printable template for the hearts is also provided!

12. Plastic Bottle Airplane Craft

Difficulty: Preschooler

Oddly Satisfying Videos shares a great tutorial kids can follow to turn a plastic bottle into an airplane. In addition to the plastic bottle, kids will also need scissors, glue, paper, and a pencil. That’s it!

13. Toilet Paper Roll Airplane Craft

Imagine a future where airplanes are made of recycled materials.

That utopian vision brought to you by Super Simple Arts and Crafts, though it may not be the grand airplane you were expecting.

It may not be the real thing, but it wins on the recycling aspect.

14. Clothespin Airplane Craft

Photo credit: Meraki Mother

Difficulty: Kindergartener

Clothespins aren’t only used to hang clothes. Meraki Mother shows kids how they can use them to make this easy airplane craft. Aside from a clothespin, kids will need normal and jumbo popsicle sticks, a button, a glue gun, and paint or colored markers.

15. Popsicle Stick Airplane Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener

Ratha shows kids how to build an airplane out of popsicle sticks using a glue gun, a black marker, and a wire cutter (to cut the sticks).

16. Kirigami Stealth Bomber Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener

Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting and glueing. If they want even more variety in the types of paper planes that can be made, this neat tutorial shows kids how to make a stealth bomber using only paper, scissors, and glue.

17. Upcycled Paper Mache Airplane Craft

Difficulty: Kindergartener or older

Here’s an upcycled airplane craft brought to you by KOOZI FUN TIME! To make this plane, kids will need:

  • Soda cans
  • Various cardboard
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • A bottle cap
  • A paintbrush
  • Glue and water mix (paper mache paste)
  • Paper
  • A black marker
  • Paint

This is quite a lot of materials, but totally worth it to make a lovely airplane out of various recyclable things!

3 Bonus Airplane Craft Ideas for Older Kids

18. Airplane Launcher

Photo credit: Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Difficulty: Preschooler to Kindergartner

Have some wooden blocks lying around? Then raise your kids’ airplane launching game with this DIY launcher. To make this, kids will need blocks of wood, wood glue, a hammer, a rubber band, and nails.

The use of a hammer and nails should be handled by a grown-up.

19. LEGO Airplane Launcher

Photo credit: Instructables

Difficulty: Kindergartner or older

Do you or your kids have a ton of LEGOs lying around? Then this airplane launcher from Instructables is a great activity for kids! Aside from the LEGO bricks, they’ll just need a rubber band and a paper airplane, which Instructables also has instructions for.

20. Airplane Costume

Photo credit: Wills Casa

Difficulty: Kindergartner or older

Don’t just fly the plane, become the plane itself! Here’s a neat Halloween costume for kids courtesy of Wills Casa. While a grown-up will be the one doing most of the work, kids can still help with some of the steps.

The materials needed are:

Soar the Skies With Fun Airplane Crafts

While nothing beats taking an actual airplane ride, kids can still enjoy playing and making these 21 airplane crafts.

Have your kids tried making or flying some of these airplane crafts? Which one did they enjoy the most? Share in the comments below!

If your kids are also into music, then try some of these DIY homemade instruments as well!