Crafting with kids – clothes-peg planes

I love it when a home-learning topic provides inspiration for a craft activity. Sophie has recently been learning about Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She already knew a little about Amelia Earhart thanks to an episode of ‘Go-Jetters’ and enjoyed learning more. We decided that it would be fun to bring her home-learning to life with a little craft session, making clothes-peg planes together.


Two yellow planes made from clothes pegs and craft sticks - "Crafting with kids - clothes-peg planes"


These clothes-peg planes are simple to make, although adult help will be needed to cut up the craft sticks.


You will need:

  • A clothes peg
  • 4 craft sticks
  • 2 matchstick-sized craft sticks
  • 2 small buttons
  • A brad (or another small button)
  • Paint or paint pens
  • Scissors
  • Glue


1) Cut one of the craft sticks into two equal pieces and trim the blunt end to make it more curved. Trim the curved end off another craft stick and discard. Cut two smaller pieces from the remaining length of craft stick, each around 2.5cm long.


One craft stick, two half-length pieces of craft stick and two short pieces of craft stick


2) Paint the craft sticks and clothes peg with paint or paint pens and leave to dry if needed.


Sophie painting a craft stick with a yellow paint pen


3) Glue the two full-length crafts sticks to the top and bottom of the clothes peg at the front end (the end that opens).


Sophie glueing the long pieces of craft stick to the front of the clothes peg


4) Glue the two half-length pieces of craft stick to the top and bottom of the clothes peg at the back end.


Sophie glueing the half-sized pieces of craft stick to the back of her clothes peg


5) Turn the clothes peg upside down and glue the two short pieces of craft stick to the sides of the clothes peg, just in front of the longer pieces of craft stick.


Sophie glueing the short pieces of craft stick to the front of the clothes peg


6) Glue a small button at the top of each short piece and leave to dry.


Sophie glueing buttons to the short pieces of craft stick


7) Glue the two matchsticks crossing over each other and leave to dry.


8) Wrap a brad around the crossed-over section of the matchsticks. Alternatively, you could glue a small button over the crossed-over part instead.


Two matchsticks crossed over with a brad wrapped around the crossed-over section


9) Turn the clothes-peg plane over and glue the matchstick propeller to the front. Leave to dry. Your clothes-peg plane is now finished!


Sophie's finished clothes-peg plane



We painted our planes yellow in honour of Amelia’s first plane, which was nicknamed ‘The Canary’ due to being bright yellow. Other than cutting up the craft sticks, Sophie was able to do this craft by herself, although I did help her with wrapping the brad around the matchsticks as this was quite fiddly. Using a small button instead would make this part a little easier.


Sophie was very proud of her finished plane, although was a little disappointed that it didn’t actually fly! That’s a craft challenge for another time!


For more home-learning-inspired craft ideas, check out our Christopher Colombus and moon landing crafts.


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29 thoughts on “Crafting with kids – clothes-peg planes

  1. I am bookmarking this to do with my 6-year-old grandson. He will love it! The planes are so cool! Your daughter’s plane turned out wonderfully. Amelia Earhart was one of my heroes when I was your daughter’s age.

  2. I love extending learning through craft. Sophie’s plane is fabulous and such a good idea. It’s lovely when they get o the stage where they can do almost all the making for themselves. #mmbc

    1. Thank you – it is lovely that she can do most of it herself now and come up with her own ideas too.

  3. These look fabulous. What a great craft to go along side learning about Amelia Earheart. #MischiefAndMemories

  4. These are amazing! My little one did a bit on Amelia Earhart a while ago, but I wouldn’t have thought to make a peg plane. We’ll have to give it a go. Thank you for joining us for #mischiefandmemories – it’s lovely to see you xx

  5. This is such a clever idea and a great way to further interest in design and history by linking in with Amelia Earhart. Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAnd Memories

  6. Gosh they are so clever and so effective. I am banking that for an Easter holiday activity for my lot. They love planes so it should be a hit. Great to have you with us on #MischiefAndMemories

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