Clothespin Airplane Valentines

Clothespin airplane with heart shaped message attached.

Use the clothespin to hold onto a little paper heart with a message.

Supplies Needed

  • Clothespins – the type the open with a spring
  • Popsicle sticks – 2 per plane
  • Mini popsicle sticks – 2 per plate
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glue – we used hot glue
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • (Magnet)

Step 1: Assemble your pieces.

For each plane, you’ll need two popsicle sticks, one clothespin, and one mini popsicle stick.

Cut cardboard segments for the struts between the wings of the bi-plane. Make the cardboards segments just tall enough that the top wing will sit ABOVE the clothespin and not attached to it. That will allow you to still operate the clothespin to insert the paper heart.

Cut a segment of a popsicle stick to be a tail. NOTE – the photo shows the popsicle stick cut straight across, but if you cut the tail at an angle, it looks better.

Required part to build the airplane.

Step 2: Assemble the plane with hot glue.

We found that it was easier to glue the plane together first before painting. That way, you can cover any sloppy glue areas with paint.

*Don’t glue the popsicle stick wing to the top of the clothespin, or the clothespin won’t open. Glue it to the cardboard struts.

Assembled airplane.

Step 3: Paint your plane!

We used acrylic paint, and I really think that’s the best option. Just make sure to cover up clothes, etc. when working with acrylic because it won’t wash out.

Step 4: Cut out a heart from construction paper and write a cheerful message!

Also, another idea – it might be fun to add a magnet to the belly of the plane and put it on the refrigerator!


Thanks to FrugalFun4Boys for the idea!

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