June 30, 2011

4th of July Bi-Plane Tutorial

I love making off-the-page projects to celebrate special occasions. In particular, it’s so satisfying to design decorative items for parties. They create a festive atmosphere and is often an interesting topic of conversation for the guests.

Since Independence Day is just around the corner, I’m sharing my 4th of July Bi-plane inspired by the early aviation designs of the Wright Brothers.




Tutorial :

This is the template I created using Best Creation's I Love America collection. You can substitute with any other pattern paper you prefer.



  1. To create your own Bi-plane, start with an empty 24oz beer can. Cover the sides with pattern paper and make a ¼” hole in the bottom.

  2. Cut out the three propeller pieces from the template. Insert them in this sequence through a straw. Insert the straw through the hole in the can

  3. Cut out the four tail pieces from the template. Glue the two halves of the tail wing onto a 2” circle. And cut a ¾” slit in the circle.

  4. Glue the tail wings on the top of the can, making sure the pull-tab pops out of the slit in the circle. Glue the tail piece onto the pull-tab.

  5. Here’s how the assembled tail looks.

  6. Glue on the two wings. Assemble the two wing struts and insert them between the wings as support.

  7. There you've completed your bi-plane. All ready for celebrating 4th of July !



Thank you Dana for accepting my tutorial as a featured artist article for Scrapbook News and Review.

Linking up to
these parties.



I Love America Supplies : Expressions chipboard, Combo Stickers, Paper IA001, IA003, IA004 and IA011 Other supplies : Beer can, straw

70 comments:

Ira said...

This is super cool Sandy! It must have given you wings, after seeing your creation so beautifully finished ;-) It's awesome!! Hugs, Ira

Natalёk said...

super idea

paperpapier said...

great work Sandy! Fabulous craft!

an-mumla said...

Great job!

Carla said...

Sandy that is just adorable.

aussiechick said...

thanks Sandy I will bookmark this to do with my grandson on a rainy day

Keri said...

Loved this tutorial @ SNR and love it here again! :) Such a cute idea that I'm definitely wanting to create together with my girls for Independence weekend.

chillin with Quillin said...

that is so awsome!!!
Paula

Maggie said...

holy macro girl, you need to move to
Florida so we can hang out and make things :)
Don't forget to join our party by visiting us at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/06/2011-4th-of-july-celebration-menu-from.html
Thanks
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Pam Wendt said...

What a wonderful centerpiece and/or decoration this would make for not only 4th of July, but for a Bon Voyage party, a retirement celebration, any aviators' get-together, and the list goes on! This is adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial :o)

Eve said...

oh my ... Sandy, this is absolutely wonderful!! What a great decoration for celebrating 4th of July!!

Shirl said...

This totally WOW-ed me! WOW!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

SUPER cute!

I'd love for you to share it at my link party... ADORABLE!

~amy~ said...

Fantastic...you are always so very clever!

Julie said...

I'd love for you to join me at Inspire Me Mondays. This week's linky party is open for one more day. http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspire-me-monday.html

Aimee K said...

OMGosh Sandy....this is so AWESOME and GORGEOUS!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

Anonymous said...

learned a lot

Melonie said...

This is so sweet! My son would love to make one of these:) Great idea!

Margaret said...

such a fun tutorial thank you Sandy! Mx

dianapena8 said...

Very Creative, and a green project also because of the recycled can :)

Mary Ellen said...

This is so darling!

Ros said...

You are so clever ... this is amazing Sandy

Craftylicious said...

omg! wat a super cool project!! tfs!! and totally cute!! :)

Spardha said...

WOW!.. you are a genius!.. love it! :D

June Scott said...

This is wonderful, Sandy! I can see it done in many different patterns/colors. Might be fun to make one to hang over the dessert table at a baby shower for a little boy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Stella said...

Sandy this is a wonderful idea. And as usual; the result is breathtaking. I think every little boy would love to have a plane as gorgeous as this. Me too; although I'm not a little boy :)

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love this idea! How adorable!!

I'm visiting over from funkyjunkinteriors. I'm hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I'd love for you to link up and share with me!

http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/4th-of-july-link-party.html

Hope to see you over at my place soon!
Kaitlin
notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love this idea! How adorable!!

I'm visiting over from funkyjunkinteriors. I'm hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I'd love for you to link up and share with me!

http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/4th-of-july-link-party.html

Hope to see you over at my place soon!
Kaitlin
notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

Happy Scrapper said...

This is gorgeous Sandy, I could just see it hanging in my son's room !!!

Kylie said...

Oh my I love this..amazing!!

having a {me} day said...

Oh WOW! Sandy! This is just amazing! I love those red, white and blue papers, in fact I love all red, white and blue papers. Love the whole 4th July thing. Love the toot you've given. Thanks for sharing. Keeleyxx

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

So cute! My 2 year old loves planes, so I'd love to make some of these for his room!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

I love these planes! I grew up next to a man that made these all the time.

I'm having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to join in on the fun by linking up.
http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/07/red-white-and-blue-linky-party.html

jacirascrap said...

Obrigada pelo tutorial!!!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

That is darling and so so SO creative, I just love it. winks-jen

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

So smart! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

Rose and Heather said...

This is awesome! Airplanes are a business in our family. I will be making some of these.

Sue said...

Wow Sandy how do you do it this is stunning thanks soooooo much for shareing Luv Sue x

kendascrafts said...

How fun! Will have to try this with my son. thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Sandy. Will show this to my son. I'm sure he will enjoy making this plane.

creativejewishmom/sara said...

love love love it! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! You've earned yourself a feature with this one, yippee!

Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses said...

Hello! I'm Kassandra and I featured this here at my blog Coffee and their Kisses. Please come by and grab a button for your blog :o)

Kim from Maiden D'Shade said...

My husband would love this! He builds radio controlled planes but I think he would love making this, too! Thanks for sharing!

Life-n-Reflection said...

What a great project!

Melissa said...

I'm totally obsessed with this! We have a little boy on the way and I have wanted to hang some sort of cool looking planes in the corner of the ceiling, but not finding what I want exactly. This is PERFECT to make any way I want and hubs wont mind that he has to chug 24oz of beer to help me out:)

Patti said...

Love this...reminds me of things we made when we were kids!

Lori Comeau said...

Very cool.
http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/

Alex said...

WOW! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing it on my linking party!

Daynene said...

Gorgeous, love it. Good luck with your challenges you entered. nenerscreations.blogspot.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

Chef in Training said...

so cute! what a great idea! it turned out amazing! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Bobbie said...

I love this! I am going to do it with my girls today. I also featured it on my blog
http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2011/07/check-me-out-saturday-week-71.html

The Tootsie Wootsie said...

How cute! This looks so fun to make! my sons would love to make their own planes!

I am so going to make this!!! my kid loves to draw and i think it would be nice to have it's little fame corner!

Come link it up at WOOT WOOT WEDNESDAYS!

http://tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-official-every-wednesday-i-am-doing.html

kasia said...

This is a super cool idea. I saved it on my project list. Thank yo for sharing.

Alison@Oopsey Daisy said...

Sandy!

I have always wanted to know how to make one of these planes! This makes my day! I just featured your tutorial on my blog today for my Wednesday's Wowzers. Here is the link:

http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/07/wednesdays-wowzers-crafting-motivation.html

Thanks for inspiring!

Itzel said...

super cute project!

Amy C said...

I LOVE this!! I really think I'm going to have to make one of these. :)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

What a cute, simple craft project! My son would have loved this when he was a young boy. Very festive flyer, Sandy! ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Jamie said...

This is adorable. I would love for you to stop by http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ on Monday to link up your plane and any other projects you would like to share.

Decora Recicla Imagina… said...

It's so beautiful, easy and funny! Thanks for sharing.
Pleased to meet you!

Vixen said...

Oh this is such a fun craft! My kids will love to make it. Thanks for sharing! I posted it on my blog today: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/07/summer-projects-to-inspire.html

Jen @ Domesticated Nomad said...

So fun! I think I have to try this with my boys. I've pinned you so I won't forget. :)

Stephanie said...

That is such a cute airplane! Thanks for putting a tutorial with it! I would love to make one for my son!

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

Very fun!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Such a fun and cute idea!

Lana Bisson said...

this is amazing...im so impressed with this.. my grandson would love this.. I have to make one for him now. thank you so much for showing us this..LOVE It...

Tamsyn said...

Such a neat idea, I definitely want to give this a go with my little man when he gets a bit older :)

Mama Jodi said...

We were glancing for fourth of July ideas, and my daughter said, "Can we make that plane?" Great work. You've inspired my girl.

Crystal said...

Cute! My husband is in aviation and LOVES anything to do with airplanes. We do have a plane similar to this one on our porch I purchased at a craft show. I can't wait to make this for him. Thanks for sharing! :-)

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Oh my goodness does this bring back memories! When I was growing up our elderly next door neighbor would have us collect soda cans and he'd make these planes! I still have mine that he gave me. Yours is fantastic and so festive. I hope you'll link up to my Patriotic Project Parade going on now through July 4th.

http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/06/patriotic-project-parade-linky-party.html