How to Make a Propeller From Aluminum

Capture the allure of soaring aircraft by transforming an aluminum soda can into a model airplane's aluminum propeller. With a few tools and some aluminum cans, making the propeller can be fun for both adults and children who love aircraft. While this craft project results in fun soda-can embellished airplanes, children who want to make these soda can propellers need to do so with adult supervision.

Soda can propellers complete the airplane craft project.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty soda cans

  • Heavy-duty scissors

  • Permanent marker

  • Craft knife

  • Hammer

  • Nail

Step 1

Pierce the middle of one empty soda can with the craft knife. Carefully cut the soda can in half without crushing the aluminum.

Step 2

Place the bottom half of the can upside down on your work surface. The bottom of the can is the face of the propeller.

Step 3

Draw hash marks that are 1/2 inch apart and 2 inches long around the bottom, or cut edge, of the soda can.

Step 4

Cut the hash marks with scissors. Take extra care to not crush the aluminum can during this process.

Step 5

Fold the pieces outward to make them fan out around the bottom of the can. These pieces should fan out around the propeller face like flower petals.

Step 6

Place the aluminum propeller face-side up so it is resting flat on your work surface. Put a nail in the middle of the propeller face and gently tap it through the soda can. This will allow you to attach the aluminum propeller to a model airplane.

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