Which toddler/pre-schooler isn’t obsessed, in some way, with cars, trains, or planes? My niece loves cars and planes, as does BB. I often have small cars in my bag for him to play with when we are out and about. I don’t have many planes though. To rectify that issue we have been making our own clothespin airplanes.

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To make your own clothespin airplanes you will need:

  • Clothespin
  • Craft sticks
  • Mini craft sticks (optional)
  • Glue
  • Paint

clothespin airplanes

To make the actual clothespin airplanes you need to glue the long craft stick across the clothespin. If you want to make it into a biplane you will need to glue a second craft stick underneath pin.

To make the tail you need to cut off the top of a craft stick and glue it to the back of the clothespin. On a couple of the airplanes I did stick a mini craft stick to make the tail fins (if that’s what is called). That part is totally optional.

I did use a hot glue gun to stick it all together, but PVA would work just as well. If you do use PVA, you will need to leave it dry for a few hours to make sure it is completely secure.

clothespin airplanes

Finally paint your planes. BB was very excited to paint his ones.

The planes are currently his toy of choice to out with us, and were great to help keep him at the table when we were waiting to pay up for coffee.

If you enjoyed this clothespin airplane be sure to check out my craft stick photo frames, craft stick harmonicas, craft stick treasure box, and craft stick abstract art.

Pin for later:

Turn an old clothespin and craft sticks into a clothespin airplanes for kids to enjoy and play with.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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