A perfect addition to a photo shoot.


  • Large pieces of cardboard (measuring at least 24-36 inches on the long side)
  • Packing tape
  • A box cutter
  • Paint of your choice (I used acrylic)
  • Writing utensil


1. Construct the outer perimeter of your box. 

-To make your perimeter, you’ll need 2 longer rectangles and 2 shorter rectangles of cardboard. 

-They should all be the same height. 

2. Tape them together at the seems using packing tape.

3. Draw a wing shape out of cardboard and cut out using a box cutter.  I used one wing to trace the other so that they would be the same shape.

4. Score the base of the wing 1 inch from where you will attach it to the inner rectangle. 

5. Bend the wing where you scored it and attach it to the side of the box using packing tape.

6. Use a paper plate to trace two large circles.  Use a long strip of cardboard to form a ring and attach to one of the circles (as shown). 

7. Tape the remaining circle on top to create a “sandwich”.

8. Cut out and attach the propeller blades. 

-Again I used the first propeller shape to trace the second. 

-I went with a large teardrop shape.

9. To make the tail, draw a large rectangle about 6″ taller then the overall height of your airplane. 

-Round the top edge. 

10. Cut a slit 4-5″ from the top on the longer end.  Insert a large rectangle of cardboard to create a “T” shape. 

11. Use packing tape to secure the tail pieces together and to the box.

12. Use black and white acrylic paint to draw playful details on our plane.


To create the look, use newspaper and lay it on the floor. I made clouds using cotton balls and you hang them or stick them against the wall. I was added these great vintage looking airplane goggles and hat for a more fun look.

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