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Come Fly With Me

Lockdown Fun. A Step by Step Guide

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Pack up, let’s fly away...We are not quite ready to start travelling abroad again just yet. Instead, we have made our own bi-plane so we can fly to whichever imaginary destination we choose - with no 14 day quarantine necessary!


You Will Need:

  • Scissors

  • Marker pen

  • Parcel Tape

  • 1 x Large Cardboard box (Plane wings and tail)

  • 1 x Medium Cardboard box (@myfabricscouk box as main body of plane)

  • Optional 1 x 100 Cheese Poster packaging from @giftrepublicltd

  • Optional 1 x Cadbury's Hot Chocolate container @cadburyuk.

  • 1 x empty Aptamil carton @aptaclub_it

  • Soft blankets

  • Cushion

  • Optional Baby Sound Defenders


Steps:

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  • From your large box, separate the two larger panels. These will become your wings.


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  • Each plane wing is made up of two layered pieces of cardboard. Draw a line down the centre and split into two. You will need this to both large panels.


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  • Round off the corners of the wings. Use something circular to make them all symmetrical. We used Cadbury's Hot Chocolate container @cadburyuk


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  • To create 2 supports for the wings, take 3 of the smaller panels of your box to create a triangle. You will need to create two of these. We used our 100 Cheese Poster packaging from @giftrepublicltd to create ours. Cut all panels to your desired height. Cut tabs onto each panel by drawing and scoring a vertical line 3 cm in from the long edge. Cut diagonally at each end to create your tab.


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  • Use parcel tape to connect all three pieces along the long edge to create a triangular stand. You need triangular stands to support your wings of your plane.


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  • To make your propeller, take one of your panels from the length of the box, fold in half to mark the centre point, unfold and draw out 2 matching ovals. Cut out the shape.


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  • To attach the propeller to our bi-plane, we used an empty Aptamil carton @aptaclub_it. Draw around the base of the Aptamil carton on your medium box. Cut a cross and slot the carton into the hole. Keep the lid of the carton on the outside and clip in your cardboard propeller.


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  • Mark out the position of your triangular stands. Only cut out triangles from two of the panels. The other two will be visible.



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  • Use parcel tape to join the wing panels together.



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  • Slot the triangular stands into both wings.


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  • Create the tail of the plane using any left over cardboard from your large box. You will need two parts - vertical and horizontal sail. Cut a slot into the horizontal sail.


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  • Open out the rear flap of the medium box. Cut a slot to support the tail.


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  • Slot the vertical sail into the slot of the medium box. Lay the horizontal sail over the top to hold both in place.



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  • To give the structure added strength from Jarvis climbing and pulling himself to standing, I added two further supports to sit on either side of the main body of the plane to hold the top and bottom wings in place. See below the shape and position of the slots. The slot positions will need to be measured to where your wings sit.




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  • Cover any rough or exposed edges with tape to make them smooth.


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  • Fill the inside of the boat with soft blankets and cushions to make it comfy.

  • Now it’s playtime. Enjoy!

Never leave your child unattended whilst playing with the plane.


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