Thursday, March 20, 2014

DIY Flying Whirly Copter Toy

Lately Chuck and I have been infatuated with things that fly. That's why we made our cardboard space shuttle a couple of days ago.  So today I took things one step further to create a handmade toy that actually did fly.  Modeled  after a plastic toy that hubby brought back from one of his trips, here's our version of a DIY Flying Whirly Copter Toy.

DIY Flying Whirly Copter Toy

DIY Flying Whirly Copter Toy

It's pretty neat that the toy actually does fly.  You simply spin it between both hands and the copter flies out and floats to the ground.  Keep reading to see how we made it (and a video of it flying!)


Materials Needed to make Flying Whirly Copter Toy

  • Unused pencil with unused eraser
  • Push Pin
  • Watercolor paper (or cereal box)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

Directions Needed to make Flying Whirly Copter Toy 

1.  Cut your watercolor paper 1.25" x 12.25" (the entire length of my watercolor paper). 

2.  Use your markers to decorate both sides of your watercolor paper strip. 

Materials Needed to make DIY Flying Whirly copter toy

3. Fold your strip of paper in half and then use the pushpin to attach it to the top of your pencil.  Bend both sides of the watercolor paper to curve it a bit.

Assembled DIY Flying Whirly Copter Toy

4. Note:   Your whirly copter should fly now.  But, if the watercolor strip is a bit loose when you spin your copter, use a couple of pieces of tape to secure it down.

Add tape if necessary to whirly copter toy

And you're done!  Take your Flying Whirly Copter Toy for a spin!  

How to twirl whirly copter toy

Ahh, dueling flying whirly copter toys!

Two people twirling whirly copter toys

pretty design made by twirling whirly copter toy

And here's a video of the toy flying:

DIY Flying Whirly copter Toy from Pink Stripey Socks on Vimeo.

 Happy crafting!

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