How to Make a Popsicle Stick Helicopter

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Things You'll Need

  • Helicopter pattern
  • Scissors
  • Pen or marker
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch corrugated cardboard or foam core board
  • Instant or craft glue
  • 6 Popsicle sticks
  • Decorative items

Helicopters have an important place in many industries, from the military to the medical field. They are a part of our everyday lives. Still, their spinning rotor blades and long tails catch our attention when we see them. There are many different helicopter designs and decorations, all suited for a different purpose. Make your own simple helicopter craft using cardboard and Popsicle sticks; use your imagination to help you make the chopper your own.

Print and cut out a pattern of a helicopter body.

Place the pattern on the cardboard. Trace and cut out two helicopter bodies.

Glue the helicopter bodies to one horizontal Popsicle stick. Attach them to the wide, flat sides of the stick so the stick is even with the front of the helicopter bodies. The bodies have to face the same direction and the stick has to be on the inside of each. One end of the stick will stick out considerably; this is the helicopter’s tail rotor.

Cut one Popsicle stick in half. Attach one half vertically to the end of the rotor stick to create the rudder.

Create an X using two Popsicle sticks crossed in the middle. Glue the sticks together to create the helicopter’s blades.

Glue the blades to the top of the cardboard helicopter, centering the blades.

Attach the flat side of one Popsicle stick to the bottom of each side of the helicopter body so it runs the length of the cardboard. These are the helicopter’s landing skids.

Allow to dry and decorate as desired.


  • If doing this craft with children, use caution and supervise closely while children are using glue and scissors.