So, I have a package of clothespins in my garage that I’ve been meaning to return to Walmart for almost 6 months.  Can you tell I just don’t shop there often?!?!  Anyhow, I decided I’d try to come up with a craft for a boy’s shoebox with them, so they’d stop collecting dust.  I’m obviously never going to remember to return them 🙂  FYI, I think you could probably use hinged clothespins to make these, too.

I think this plane is super cute and easy!  Enjoy!


  • Wooden Clothespin
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Round Wooden Bead
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Permanent Marker
  • Tack Hammer and Tiny (tacking) nail
  • Wood Glue
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer


  1. Paint clothespin desired color and allow to dry.  You may want to paint it one half at a time so you can hold one end while painting and then stand it up on the unpainted/dry end to dry.
  2. Paint popsicle sticks (planes wings) desired color and allow to dry.  Decorate with stars or stripes using permanent marker.
  3. Once clothespin and popsicle sticks are dry, position the clothes pin on it’s side and use the wood glue to attach the popsicle sticks to the top and bottom of the clothes pin to form the wings of the bi-plane.  You’ll want to attach the popsicle sticks to the clothes pin just before it splits into two pieces.  See picture for further detail.  You want to make sure that wings are attached to the correct sides of the clothes pin (the shorter sides).
  4. Glue the wooden bead on top of the airplane just in front of the wings.  This is the pilot’s head.  After glue has dried, you can use the permanent marker to make a face on the pilot.  You may wish to paint some hair or a hat as well.  Wrap ribbon or pipe cleaner around the base of the head to create a scarf, if desired.
  5. Cut a piece of popsicle stick to about 3 inches and gently sand the ends to remove rough edges.  You could also buy smaller popsicle sticks at at craft store.  Paint desired color and allow to dry.  Use a tack hammer to attach the center of the cut stick to the front of the plane to make a propeller.  You could glue this, but I think the nail is nice because then it will spin.
  6. Tie or glue a ribbon to the airplane to make it an ornament, if desired.
  7. Spray the entire plane with the acrylic sealer.

Now, wasn’t that easy?

*Photos credit: Christmas Craft Kit

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