Let’s make a D.I.Y Biplane!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the meaning of shape and forms in element and principles of art.
  2. Explore the types of shape and forms that exist around them.
  3. Determine the use of shape and form in constructing or making an artwork.
  4. Produce an aerospace product using recycled materials with suitable shape and forms.

You will need this tools and materials:

  • Drink cans
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Hand gloves
  • Marker pen


This is my design, you can customize your own if you like to. Below is the instruction on how to make a plane like this:leonna-design-1

This is what you will be needed to make the Biplane:leonna-tools-and-materials

Instructions: Sign-up before class started.

  1. Student is required to wear gloves for safety.
  • Body of Planes:
  1. Take one can out, cut off the top of the can. Smooth the cut edges of the cans.
  2. Take another can (full can), insert it to the cut can. Make sure it is straight and should rolls smoothly around the table.
  •  Lower wings:
  1. Cut the can in a rectangle shape, and flip it and glue it with the hot glue gun so that it is firm.
  2. After it is glued, cut it according to plane wings shape.
  3. Do this for upper wings also.
  •  Wing installation:
  1. Take the body of the plane, at the top, cut a straight line to insert the wings through it.
  2. Make 2 small stands for the upper wings.
  •  Horizontal and Vertical Stabilizer:
  1. For the horizontal stabilizer, cut a straight line at the bottom (right, left and upper) to insert the horizontal stabilizer. Insert the flipped drink cans through the holes.
  2. For the vertical stabilizer, cut another straight line at the top, with the ‘n’ shaped cutted drink cans, insert it at the top.
  •  Propeller (fan):
  1. Take another full can and cut the tops. Mark a straight line, divide it to 6. Cut according to the line.
  2. Combine it with the body. And it is done
  • Wheels/ finishing:
  1. Take a rectangle shape of drink cans (which is cut). flip it, and divided it into two sets to make a stand for the wheels.
  2. take the cutted bottom of drink cans, two sets of each. Glue it with hot glue gun.
  3. take the stand, and stick it with the wheels. Do it for the other wheel also.
  4.  after it is glued, stick the stand below the lower wings. So does the other wheels.
  5. And your D.I.Y is done 🙂

I have prepared some videos in case if you can’t understand the instruction above. Good luck! 🙂

Part 1 : Body of planes

Part 2: Lower Wings

Part 3: Upper Wings

Part 4: Stabilizer

Part 5: Propeller and Finishing


                   This is the end-product :

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