As we continue our journey through cardboard box Halloween costumes, it is time to set our sights to the air. While breaking down a box may help our planet Earth, that doesn't mean we can't create a costume that will have your lil one reaching for the stars.
To see how we created the ultimate flying machine, read more.
Supplies you will need:
- Medium-sized cardboard box, plus spare cardboard pieces
- Blue and red paint (the Livos Salis finger paints can be diluted with a little water to make them paintbrush accessible)
- Box cutter
- Aluminum foil (you can use fresh foil, or cleaned foil from last night's dinner!)
- Plastic wrap
- Supplies for your cardboard airplane costume.
- First, cut the flaps off of the top of the box (reserving them for other uses). This will now be the bottom of your plane.
- Next, cut an opening out of the top of the box that will allow it to go over your child's head and rest of his shoulders.
- Using your box cutter, cut out some small holes on either side of the box that will become arm-holes.
- The arm-holes should be near the front of the plane.
- Paint the box your desired airplane body color.
- Next, create the wings for your plane. Place strips of tape on the two longer flaps that were cut off of the plane in the first
- Paint the flaps the same color as the body of the plane.
- Then, remove the pieces of tape . . .
- And paint the empty spaces another color.
- Once the airplane wings have dried, create a 1-2 inch flap, but folding the end without the racing stripes.
- Attach the wing to the body of the plane by taping, or stapling, the folded portion of the wing inside the arm-holes.
- Create a propeller for the front of the plane using the smaller flaps from the original top of the box.
- Cover the smaller flaps with aluminum foil. Using the stapler, attach the two flaps together in an "X" formation.
- Using a spare piece of cardboard, cut a small circle (about six inches in diameter).
- Paint the circle the same color as your racing stripes.
- Once the circle is dry, staple to the center of the propellers.
- Use another spare piece of cardboard to create a windshield. The piece of cardboard should be the same width as the body of the
- Cut out the center of the "windshield" leaving a one inch boarder.
- Paint the "windshield" the same color as the racing stripes and attach a piece of plastic wrap to the inside of the boarder.
- Staple the "windshield" to the body of the plane.
- Staple the propeller to the front of the plane.
- Have you child place his arms through the arm-holes to move the plane wings as he flies down the street.
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