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How to Make an Airplane Out of a Paper Towel Roll

Let his imagination soar with a plane he made himself.
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Spark children's creativity by helping them craft an airplane with supplies from around the house. Empty paper towel rolls are the basis of this project. Children can decorate their airplanes with stickers, crayons and markers or leave the airplane plain brown. Let their imaginations determine the finished airplane.

Things You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • One 3-By-5 Index Card
  • String
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Paint
  • Stickers
  • Markers
One paper towel tube can become an airplane.
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Cut two 1-inch rings off of one end of the paper towel roll and save for later. The long piece of paper towel roll is the body of the plane.

Cut the index card in half diagonally so there are two pieces. These are the wings of the plane.

Color the index-card wings and the long portion of the paper towel roll with crayons and markers. Add stickers of flags, stripes, stars or other shapes to resemble markings on a plane. Let the pieces dry thoroughly.

Cut one of the 1-inch circles in half so you have two half-circle shapes. Color each piece. Tape one half-circle to the end of the towel roll on the top and the bottom. Tape the second half-circle perpendicular to the first half circle. These form the nose of the plane.

Cut and color the second 1-inch circle. Attach both of them to the other end of the paper towel roll in the same way as on the nose end of the roll. This is the back of the plane.

Tape the wings to the sides of the plane, positioning both in the same direction.

Tie a piece of string to the front and back of the plane if you want to hang it as a bedroom decoration.


Add a tail to the plane by cutting a small triangle out of another index card. Tape it to the top rear of the plane.

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