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DIY Airplane Birthday Party for Under $100

DIY Airplane Birthday Party for Under $100

Don't empty your bank account over a kid's birthday party. Here's how to throw a cute and creative airplane themed birthday party complete with food and decorations on a budget.

Save money on birthday parties with these money-saving ideas.

DIY Birthday Pinata

  • Boxes, like cardboard food boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Glue dots
  • White Card Stock
  • Dowel Rod
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper, cut into 1" x 5-8" long
  • Americana Decou Page
  • Sponge Brushes
  • 1 large balloon
  • Americana Acrylic or multi-surface paint
First duct tape the boxes together into the shape of an airplane, the big box will be your main part of the plane and the smaller boxes will be used for the wings and the tail. Blow up the balloon and tie it off. Duct tape it to the front of the big box, be sure that the big box is open at the end where the balloon will go. Once everything is taped together into the shape of the plane, start brushing on the Americana Decou Page in little areas at a time and place the strips of newspaper onto the decou page, start with the balloon first. After you lay the strip of paper down, paint another layer of decou page onto the paper strip, cover the whole plane; be sure to overlap the strips. Once the first layer is dry, place another layer on top, let that layer dry and place a third layer on. Let each layer dry at least 8 hours or overnight before you place the next layer on.

Let all 3 layers dry overnight. Paint your plane with the Americana acrylic paint or Multi-surface paint. Let the paint dry a couple of hours and then cut a slit in the bottom of the plane. This is where you will add the candy for the piņata. Be sure to pop the balloon with a pair of scissors, and pull the balloon out through a slit in the bottom of the plane. You can make a propeller out of white card stock and use a glue dot to glue it to the front of the plane or use a dowel rod to make it spin.

DIY Airplane Cupcakes

  • Wilton Fondant
  • Cupcakes
  • Wilton Frosting
Make or buy cupcakes and frost them with your favorite flavor of Wilton icing. Roll out the blue Wilton fondant like you would roll out cookie dough. Next, cut out airplanes using the cookie cutter and place the fondant airplanes on top of the cupcake.

DIY Airplane Sandwiches

  • Bread
  • Pimento cheese or some other sandwich fixings
Make your sandwich and cut the center out using the airplane cookie cutter.

DIY Airplane Sugar Cookies

Using refrigerator sugar cookie dough or homemade sugar cookie dough. Roll out the cookie dough and cut the cookies with the airplane cookie cutter, follow the cooking instructions on the cookie dough.

DIY Airplane Straws

  • Cardstock paper in blue
  • Red and white striped paper straws
  • Glue dots
Trace an airplane onto the card stock using the cookie cutter, cut them out and glue the plane to the straw with a glue dot.

DIY Airplane Birthday Banner

  • Hand drawn airplane made from poster board (you can print one off of your computer and trace it onto the posterboard)
  • Crayola Bold Markers
  • Hand drawn clouds
  • Blue, green, yellow scrapbook paper for paper airplane banner
  • curly ribbon
Print off a picture of an airplane or have someone draw one for you, make it at least 18"x12". Cut it out and color it with the Crayola bold markers. Draw 3 to 4 clouds and cut them out, you will write the birthday kids name and a cute phrase on these clouds, so cut as many as you need. Tape the plane to the wall and then tape the clouds behind the plane where you would like the to be. Now connect the clouds with the curly ribbon.

DIY Airplane Treat Lollipops

  • Tootsie Pops
  • Yellow card stock
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Piece of Styrofoam (re-use one from a box to save money)
  • Red wrapping paper or crinkle cut
Draw or print a propeller for an airplane about 2 to 3 inches long and wide. Copy it onto yellow card stock paper and make as many propellers as you have tootsie rolls. Make a hole in the middle of the propeller with the hole punch and slide the tootsie pop stick through the hole till it reaches the tootsie pop. Decorate a piece of Styrofoam with either red wrapping paper or crinkle cut and then stick the lollipops into the Styrofoam to hold them.

DIY Airplane Treat Marshmallows

  • Wilton Melting Pot (you can also melt the candy melts in the microwave)
  • Marshmallows
  • Wilton Red Candy Melts
  • Wilton Cocoa Candy Melts
  • Wooden Skewers
Melt the red Wilton candy melts in either the Wilton melting pot or the microwave, following the instructions on the back). Place the marshmallows onto the skewers and dip the top part of the marshmallow into the red melted candy melts. Place them on parchment paper to cool; you can also place them in the fridge to cool quicker. Now melt the cocoa candy melts, using Wilton cake decorating plastic bag, pour some of the melted cocoa candy melts into the plastic bag and cut the tip. Pour the melted cocoa onto some parchment paper in the shape of a propeller and let it dry. Once all of the chocolate is cooled, attach the propeller to the tip of the marshmallow as the plane propeller. Stick these treats in the Styrofoam with the lollipops.

DIY Airplane Runway Table Decoration

  • Butcher paper
  • Americana Chalkboard paint
  • White Card Stock
  • Sponge Brush
  • Crayola Color Wonder finger-paints and paper
  • Blue plastic table cloth
Place the blue table cloth on the table. Next, roll out as much butcher paper as you will need to make a runner for the party table. The runner should only be about 12 to18 inches wide. Paint the whole runway with Americana black chalkboard paint. Let it dry completely. Cut strips of white card stock to glue to the middle of the runway. Give each kid some chalk that they can sign the runway with or decorate it for the birthday kid.

To make the clouds for the place settings, cut the clouds out using the color wonder paper in the Crayola finger painting kit. Give the kids the finger paints so they can make a design to take home.

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Special thanks to Wilton, Crayola, and DecoArt.

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