popsicle stick airplane

last month, we threw a popsicle playdate and the popsicle stick airplane craft was a huge hit.  so, i thought i'd do a quick tutorial since it's such an easy and inexpensive activity.  here are the materials you'll need:

MATERIALS:
2 popsicle sticks
2 small popsicle sticks
paint
paintbrush
wood glue
1 wooden bead
drill (optional; not pictured)
small screw (optional: not pictured)
screwdriver (optional)

take apart clothespin and set spring aside.  paint clothespin, all popsicle sticks, and wooden bead in colors of your own choosing.  i used red crayola tempera paint for the clothespin and bead and teal folkart satin acrylic paint for the wings, propeller, and rudder.  once everything is dry, reassemble your clothespin.  next, drill a small hole on the front top part of the clothespin (for the playdate, we pre-drilled these holes). use screwdriver to screw on one small popsicle stick and wooden bead through the drilled hole to make the propeller.  this step is optional but makes the airplane so much cooler for kids because the propellers can actually spin.  if you don't have a drill or want to skip this step, you can just glue the bead and small popsicle stick directly on to the clothespin to make the propeller.  lastly, use wood glue to glue on wings and rudder.

these are super simple to make and can be used in so many ways (as a toy, a clip to close favor bags, party decoration, etc). happy crafting!

and now it's giveaway time!  summer may be over but the weather over here in chicago has been unseasonably warm.  in honor of summer's passing (and before the real chilly weather kicks in), Popsicle is offering one of our readers a $25 Target giftcard and 10 product coupons for free boxes of Popsicles ($50 value)!  TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, just leave a comment below telling us what kind of popsicle stick craft you would make.  i've seen some pretty neat ones like nesting baskets, boats, farm animal sticks, jewelry box, and so much more.  i'd love to hear your ideas!   entries must be posted by Monday, October 7 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random.   

good luck!

***Winner of the popsicle giveaway is commenter #17: Fran.  Congrats!*** 

Terms: Limited to US residents only.  You must provide a valid email address along with your comment entry.  Please do not leave your email address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted box.  Winner will be contacted via email once the giveaway has ended and announced on this post.  Giveaway items are directly distributed to the winners by the sponsors themselves. If a winner fails to claim their prize within 10 days, they forfeit their winnings and another winner is chosen and contacted via email.  All winners are chosen at random.

*this post was sponsored by Popsicle. 

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