Popsicle sticks are great materials to use in craft projects. Cheap and easy to use, these sticks and wooden tongue depressors can both constitute the raw materials for model houses and airplanes. In fact, there are multiple ways to build airplanes with Popsicle sticks.
Popsicle Stick Airplane Ornament
This simple and fun craft project for kids is all about the holidays. Using two Popsicle sticks, tacky glue, a few buttons, some scissors and a small Santa Claus figurine, kids can fashion their own Christmas airplane. The Popsicle sticks, held together with tacky glue, form the body and wings of the plane and two buttons stuck to the body make the plane's wheels. Add a propeller and some decorations and then plop Santa in the cockpit. Use tacky glue and string to create a hanger for the plane and then hang it on the tree for everyone to enjoy.
Five Popsicle Stick Airplane
Five Popsicle sticks is all it takes to make this simple, flyable airplane. Tension holds the sticks together. Start with three Popsicle sticks stacked on top of each other and then fan them out, like fanning out a hand of cards, so that they make a shape similar to a "W." Weave a fourth Popsicle stick perpendicularly into the "W" going over one stick, under the next and over the third. This stick should be somewhat near the middle of the plane. Repeat the weaving process with the fifth and final Popsicle stick near the back, wide end of the plane. The tension from weaving the two cross-sticks through the "W" frame holds the plane together.
Popsicle Stick Bi-Plane
With a few Popsicle sticks, some glue, a little paint and a clothespin, kids (or adults) can whip together a fun model of an old-time bi-plane. The clothespin needs to be separated into two pieces by removing the wood from the wire spring. Glue the two pieces of the clothespin together with the flat sides of each piece touching. This is the body of the bi-plane. Glue a Popsicle stick across the top of the plane body, just behind the thickest part, and add another stick below to complete the wings. Use additional Popsicle sticks, cut into smaller pieces, to fashion an upright tail and tail-wings to complete the bi-plane. Paint or decorate any way you like.
Popsicle Stick Airplane Model Computer Housing
Using hundreds, if not thousands, of Popsicle sticks and plenty of tubes of glue, you can create an airplane body about 3 feet long with wings of similar length to house computer gear. Begin by laying Popsicle sticks laid side-by-side to make a foundation upon which the rest of the plane will be built. Stack and glue more sticks down the length of the base row of Popsicle sticks to hold it together. Once the base is secure, continue adding layers of Popsicle sticks with sticks laid at right angles across the base between each layer to add stability to the model.
The body of the plane is the width of only one Popsicle stick. As the sides are built up, leave a gap in the paneling that will eventually hold a hard drive and also serve as a space for the wings. Place the hard drive into the plane's body, leaving open a space for power and connecting cables to exit the plane's body. When the hard drive is properly situated, finish building the sides and add another row of Popsicle sticks at right angles to finish the plane's ceiling. Follow similar steps to build the wings, remembering to leave a space above the area holding the hard drive into which to fit them.
You may need to cut or bend other Popsicle sticks to make a tail and cockpit for the plane. If enjoying the sight of a painstakingly crafted Popsicle stick replica of a plane isn't enough for you, remove the wings and Popsicle stick side-paneling and insert a motherboard into the body of the plane. At the very least, it will make a unique housing for some computing power.
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