Thursday, February 9, 2012

Be Mine. How to Make an Airplane Valentine.

Hello all! Today I am working on making Valentine airplanes with my son for his school Valentine's Day party next week. We made a few prototypes, and we are trying to decide which one to use.

We are an aviation family, as I was a flight attendant, and my husband, my father-in-law, and my husband's uncle are all pilots. My sister-in-law has been making these cute planes with her 3 kids every year. Now all of their friends have come to expect them, and my eldest niece (a high school senior) still makes them for her friends. There's something to be said for tradition!So, now it will be my son's tradition too! They really could not be more simple.

Here's what you'll need...

  • Large white lifesavers. (The small ones won't work.)
  • Smarties.
  • 2 inch rubber bands.
  • Old school individually foil wrapped gum. Like Double Mint, or Extra.
  • Paper cutter and paper for wing or banner options. (You can pre-print your labels via your computer, or hand write them.)
  • Optional foam hearts. These were found in the dollar bin at Tar-jay.
  • Ribbon to tie banner on, if choosing the banner option. 
Here is how you construct them...

 Thread the rubber band through the lifesavers.
 Pull them apart and insert smartie roll in between the two lifesavers.
Put piece of gum on top, and pull rubber band over the "wing" one side at a time.

Here are the prototypes we came up with this morning...I may still tweak them a bit.
 Here is the banner option. I just used regular paper here, and hand written message, but it would be cute to make banners in a fun font on the computer. I punched a hole, and tied the banner on with skinny silver ribbon.
 This is the wing label option. My son's name is on the label, so I used a small strip of paper to block it out for this shot. (No offense, just don't his first and last name out there. Sadly, ya neva know...).
 I think I like the banners best. I was even thinking of using a dab of hot glue and gluing them to a "runway" made from black construction paper, and white lines, with maybe 3R on it, or something... (that means runway 3 right in the aviation world).
 Close ups.

 The label is not glued on yet. I know, it has a gap. 
Side view.

So that's it. We'll see what I wind up with. I just wanted to show you what we were working on. 

I will be back later today with my thrifty finds this week. I scored AGAIN! <3 Love that!!!

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