One of the things I’m working on in the new year is taking the time to do more crafts. Both of my boys are super creative and LOVE to make things but often in the craziness of daily life, I forget to stop and help them create. But, I have recently discovered that making a cute craft does not have to be an all day thing. In fact, with MillerBug, it’s better if it’s short and sweet so that he doesn’t lose interest. Yesterday we made Clothes Pin Airplane Magnets and it was so much fun! And our finished product turned out super cute too! So, if you have about an hour and a toddler or young child who is eager to create, check out this fun craft that will zoom you to the funnest mom around title!
What You Will Need
Wooden Clothes Pins
Skinny Popsicle Sticks (Regular and Short Length)
Paint in your choice of colors
Glue (Elmer’s or Hot Glue Gun)
How to Make It
There are two ways you can go about the painting of the clothes pins and popsicle sticks. If your child is old enough, let them do the painting. If you have a smaller child, go ahead and pre-paint your items using bright colors. Be sure to use different colors for the clothes pins and the popsicle sticks. Then set them aside and let them dry.
Once your paint is dry, you are ready to enlist the help of your child to assemble their airplane. Start by cutting out a portion of the magnet to fit on the back side of one of your long popsicle sticks. Using a double sided magnet is great because you simple peel and stick. Then, let your child help you put dots of glue on the clothes pin.
You will want to glue your two longer popsicle sticks on the top and bottom of your clothes pin near the metal joint. Then glue your shorter stick near the back of the clothes pin on the top side (not the side with the magnet on it). Let your child be involved with this. If the wings are a little crooked, it’s OK – it simply gives your plane character:-)
Once all your “wings” are glue on, set aside your airplanes and let them dry. MillerBug was so thrilled with his creation that he could hardly wait for them to dry!
Once your airplanes are dry, you’re ready to give them a home!
Let your child take them to the fridge and find a place to put them. They will love zooming them around and be thrilled with the fact that they “stick” on the fridge.
Then use your magnet as a fun way to keep up with papers, display pictures and more!
So the next afternoon that you are looking for a fun craft, let this super simple yet delightfully fun clothes pin airplane magnet zoom into your mine!