I love making off-the-page projects to celebrate special occasions. In particular, it’s so satisfying to design decorative items for parties. They create a festive atmosphere and is often an interesting topic of conversation for the guests.
Since it's 4th of July, I’m sharing my Bi-plane inspired by the early aviation designs of the Wright Brothers.
1.To create your own Bi-plane, start with an empty 24oz beer can. Cover the sides with pattern paper and make a ¼” hole in the bottom.
2.Cut out the three propeller pieces from the template. Insert them in this sequence through a straw. Insert the straw through the hole in the can
3.Cut out the four tail pieces from the template. Glue the two halves of the tail wing onto a 2” circle. And cut a ¾” slit in the circle.
4.Glue the tail wings on the top of the can, making sure the pull-tab pops out of the slit in the circle. Glue the tail piece onto the pull-tab.
5.Here’s how the assembled tail looks.
6.Glue on the two wings. Assemble the two wing struts and insert them between the wings as support.
7.There you've completed your bi-plane. All ready for celebrating 4th of July !
If you like to try making one for yourself, I have the parts template here on my blog http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2011/06/4th-of-july-bi-plane-tutorial.html