DIY Cardboard Airplane and Airplane Pancakes

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We live next to an airport, which means that we hear airplanes flying over our hour ALL the time. If you have seen the Disney movie, Planes, then your children would probably out watching for Dusty at all times.

Sometimes, on the weekend, the planes are so low that it feels like they are going to land in my kitchen.

The good news is, if they do land in the kitchen. I will have something fun to make them. The bad news is, I might not have a kitchen to serve these in.

airplane pancakes

Homemade Airplane Pancakes

These airplane pancakes are so easy to make and super cute! If you have a child that LOVES anything airplane (or the Disney movie, Planes), then they will adore these.

I made these the other day for my little ones and they gobbled them up quicker than you can say propeller. Here is my favorite pancake recipe, it’s so yummy and more healthy than others! If you are looking for something a little fun and different for breakfast over the holidays, this might be the end of your search!

Since Christmas is coming up and we aren’t doing many gifts for each other. We wanted to do something a little fun and different for our kiddos.

Of course, if you aren’t into DIY gifts for your kiddos, but like the idea of airplanes, you could always get the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment on rollback at Walmart right now.

However, my husband is a whiz at making stuff. That’s how we started dating, actually, but that’s another story for another day.

Make this cardboard airplane in under an hour and give the kids something a little different for Christmas!

I told him about my idea to make an airplane out of our plethora of cardboard boxes and he was ALL IN. (Have I told you lately how much I adore that man?)

DIY Cardboard Airplane (as in Dusty from Planes!)

The Cardboard Airplane Body

First, he got a cardboard box and cut down one side, so it was one long and open piece. See his great helper during this adventure!

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The kids got to color and decorate their airplane body…

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…and walk through the airplane body, while daddy worked on the other pieces! Note: He used two cardboard boxes for this, one for the body and then another for the propeller, tail and wing pieces.

crawling through the cardboard airplane

Next, he cut off half of the top and bottom flaps. You will tape the other half down at the very end.

crop the top of the cardboard airplaneNow, there is an opening for Benjamin to stand in when the plane is all done. Time for the cardboard box plane tail!

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The Cardboard Airplane Tail

He cut a slit in the top of a long, rectangle piece of cardboard. Making a cardboard airplane (10)

Then, added a few smaller rectangles into the slit. After cutting a similar sized slit into the cardboard box airplane body, he put the tail in.

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The Cardboard Airplane Wings

On to the wings. They are made similarly to the tail. First, you need to cut two long pieces of cardboard into similar shapes.

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This was my job, to make the curve of the wings. I did beautifully, don’t you think?

adding wings to the cardboard plane

Then, cut a slit in either side of the box for the wings to go into. Once the slit (and the curve of the wings) is complete, then slide them into place. You can either put them in a little ways and then tape down, or you could have the two wings meet halfway in the middle and tape them there. That is what we did.

how to make a cardboard airplane step by step

The Cardboard Airplane Propeller

Lastly, it’s time to add the propeller. If you are like me and don’t really care what the plane does as long as it’s cute. Just cut a few propeller pieces out and tape them to the box. However, if you are like my husband and want to make something that moves that the kids can play with; here are the directions.

  1. Cut two similar length cardboard rectangles (just like the wings, but shorter), make them curved (like the wings).
  2. Cut out one or two cardboard circles.
  3. Poke a hole in the middle of all four pieces (both wings and the two circle pieces).
  4. Then poke a hole in the box where you want the propeller to be.
  5. Add the pencil or whatever pen in the house doesn’t work (because you know there is always ONE that doesn’t!) to the cardboard box, and add all the pieces together and put them on there.
  6. The propeller should spin. You might need a little tape here to make sure the propeller doesn’t spin itself off the cardboard airplane.

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Be careful when making this project with little ones. Pieces have a tendency to get a little wet…or lost.

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Finishing your cardboard airplane

At this point, it’s time to finish your airplane! Remember this from above? Now, it’s time to tape those pieces. You needed to wait until the end so you could make sure you got the tail and the wings in just how you like ’em.

Make your own Cardboard airplane in less than an hour!

Okay, I shared our idea of what to make out of a cardboard box. What fun ideas do you have or have you made from a cardboard box?

If you are looking for more airplane fun, check out these planes currently on rollback at Walmart:

In store photo

  • Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97
  • Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97
  • Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97
  • Planes Character Assortment die-cast set and the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set are both on rollback at $4.97.

In aisle photo

Don’t forget to check out this awesome pancake recipe, so you can make your own airplane pancakes!

Whole wheat pancakes




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  1. Summer Len Davis says:

    Since you have kids, you totally know it’s true that kids would rather play with the boxes that the gifts come in than play with the actual gifts. This is a great idea to make those boxes even more fun! #client

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