|I could have been one of these kids. Photo credit: http://20th.su|
|Photo source: khushi24.ru|
One of the best things to do was to make a papier-mache airplane and fly it into a huge map of the world on the wall. I kept my eyes closed until the plane touched the wall. Then I pulled out a huge dictionary and looked up the facts about the country where the airplane landed. The country I most often ended up “visiting” was Chad, probably because it was right in the middle of the map. You could wake me up in the middle of the night and ask,
|Looks like a map I had as a child. Photo source: http://kiev.all.biz/|
How to make a papier-mache airplane
Making an airplane involves 4 steps
Use duct tape to attach them to the bottle. The papier-mache glue will help to keep them in place.
9. GLUE. There are many different ways to make glue. Two points to consider. First, since my kids dip their fingers in it, I never add anything toxic to it. Second, the no-cook version is not only easier when you work with kids, but actually better. It dries to a smooth finish (unless kids use too much of it), it has a nice shade (that is easy to cover with paints), and it is very reliable (stands up to multiple crashes)
10. Papier – Mache How To. Tear newspaper into small pieces. I try to avoid the edges because they don’t blend in as well. However, newspaper edge pieces are perfect for the area around the front window.
Dip a piece of paper into glue mixture, squeeze out the excess with your fingers, so it isn’t drippy. Lay paper over base and smooth it out gently. Work in the same fashion until everything is covered, EXCEPT the window. Or don’t leave the window space, just papier-mache everything and paint the window on later.
I usually don’t cover the front and back openings until final layers because that’s how I hold the airplane. When you are ready to cover them, just duct tape them and cover with glued newspaper.
Let the airplane dry for 24 hours. Repeat layers as needed.
11. Important note on the WINGS. When you are doing the first layer ALWAYS rest the wings over a support until everything is dry. The weight of the glue and newspaper will pull them down until the wings touch the table. However, once the glue is dry, it’s like they are cemented into place and you have nothing to worry about.
10. Once it is dry, it’s time to paint. Both tempera and acrylic paints work well. We like to paint it white first.
How to travel the world with a papier-mache airplane
I hope you give this project a try. I can’t wait to find out if my instructions were clear or not. The list of our favorite airplane books is coming up shortly. Meanwhile, feel free to check our Airplane Board on Pinterest.