DIY Foam Flyers

By Noreen Doll.

Recycle your foam containers into these fun DIY foam flyers.

DIY Foam Flyer by Crafty Journal

These flyers are fun for kids of all ages, and what a great way to use your recyclables!

You can use the top of a foam egg carton, the foam take-out containers, or the foam that fruits and veggies come packed on.

DIY Foam Flyers - Crafty Journal

Do not use any foam that has held meat – they cannot be cleaned well enough for re-use.

If they use white foam, your kids can draw on them with markers and create airplane markings. Or add camouflage by blotching on patches of green, black, brown or yellow paint.

I liked the black foam because it makes a great stealth plane.


DIY foam flyers could make a fun birthday party activity, and then the kids could fly them when they are finished making them.

I used a foam plane as a pattern, but it’s such a basic shape that it would be easy to draw your own.


Foam container


Double Sided Tape, Duct Tape, or Electrical Tape

Cardboard for Pattern



Utility Knife, optional (Should only be used by an adult.)

How to Make DIY Foam Flyers.

1. Draw or trace your pattern on a piece of cardboard.


Cut it out. Then trace it onto thin recycled styrofoam.


You can cut the foam with scissors, but you need to be gentle to keep from bending or breaking it.

2. Use the utility knife or scissors tip to make the slits. After I made the slits, I used the closed scissors to widen the slit.

You want the wings and tail to fit snuggly, but the slit has to be large enough to allow them to slide in.


3. Tape a penny to the nose. I used double sided tape, but if the plane will receive rough treatment, you can use electrical tape or a narrow strip of duct tape to attach the penny.


The DIY foam flyers are ready to fly.


Remember to be very gentle when putting the plane together, as the foam bends and breaks easily.

Because the black foam was VERY thick, it was hard to cut around the shape.

So i cut large chunks of the excess foam away before I tried to cut out the pieces. That made them much less likely to bend or break.


The edges were a little rough, so after cutting, I rubbed them on a hard surface to smooth them.

The slits in the black foam needed to be very wide to allow the thicker wings and tail to fit, so I gently worked the slit with closed scissors tip until it was wide enough for them.

© Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal


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  1. Found this on the Monday Kid Corner! Really cool idea! And such a fun project for the kids!

  2. What a great idea! We have a ton of foam and this would be such a fun project. Pinned!

  3. Great idea, my oldest 2 boys use to love these when they were little :)

  4. Love it! I love recycled projects and this is fab.

  5. This project is GREAT…my guys used to LOVE making gliders like this. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane!

  6. Thank you for sharing. These are great! I will have to try these this summer!

  7. Great idea, how fun! My toddler will get a kick out of these!

  8. This is a cute project for kids! Thanks!

  9. Like…why haven’t I thought of this before? Really wonderful idea.

  10. Finally I found the idea how to recycle all those foam containers (I knew I was collecting them with a purpose), thank you!

  11. You always come up with the funnest ideas, that are so simple and so practical. Love this plane (as will my kids!!!)
    hugs x

  12. This is such an AWESOME idea! I’ll be doing this soon with my boys.

    Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning to my party board.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  13. Great idea! great for parties or just having a bit of fun yourself.

    Have a wonderful week~
    Sharon and Denise!

  14. Whenever we have foam containers my boys grab them up and make these. I think they enjoy making them as much as they do playing with them. Thanks for sharing at Fluster’s Creative Muster Party.

    Fluster Buster

  15. This is so much fun!!

  16. What a great project! I bet this would be a fun project for all ages!

    Thanks for sharing at! See you next week!


  17. Genius! We’ll definitely need to make these!! :)

  18. That is such a great way to recycle foam containers and to teach children about recycling and planes all at the same time. Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday.

  19. This is awesome! My son loves those things, but they never last long. I rarely buy them, because it seems like a waste of money with as fast as he tears them up. I’ll be pinning this for future use. I came over from Sara’s WAYD Wednesday Blog Hop.

  20. Thanks again for sharing on my blog.

  21. Hi Noreen, very cool project. Thank you so much for sharing. My granddaughters will love the planes. And it just so happens that I have a foam container in my fridge right now. :)

  22. I will share this with my son in law! He would enjoy doing this! Thanks.


  23. Cool! Reminds me of the planes we had when we were kids :-)

  24. The perfect summer project for my 10 year old!

  25. Good idea!

  26. What a great idea. The kids love paper airplanes, they will love this. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week. Have a great weekend :)

  27. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board.

  28. Those are great!! =) Thanks! Enjoy your weekend!


  29. With three boys, this is a must try, pinning for future reference and thanks for sharing.

  30. What a great idea for recycling!

    Lanaya | xoxo

  31. Hi Noreen, Do you sleep at night? :) Thanks for the great tutes. Linda

  32. We used to make these when we were little! So much fun!


  33. What a great and frugal idea full of fun! Thank you and I look forward to more great ideas!

  34. Thank you so much for the fun idea!

  35. Such a fun idea! Thank you for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday! I have featured your project on Blog Stalking Thursday Features YOU! The post is going live later tonight. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button. Thanks again for sharing!

  36. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

  37. What a fun project! Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Enjoy the rest of your week, and hope to see you at the party again soon.


  38. What a wonderful idea! :) Lisa

  39. Thanks for sharing! I’m teaching a history of flight class in my homeschool group and this will be a perfect addition to our lessons.

  40. It sounds like it will be a fun class!


  41. We will be featuring your post on a HUGE list of Rainy Day Summer Play activities on Share It Saturday this weekend! We will be sharing with all of our followers on our social media sites (including group boards and communities!!) Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!
    Colleen at

  42. Noreen, I think you could build a little cottage by the shore with plastic milk bottles and styrofoam take out containers! Have a great 4th! Linda

  43. Wow helped me with my project

  44. my boys wil LOVE this! I saving to do it with them asap!

  45. What a fun project. :) My kids enjoy playing with these.

  46. What a great way to use recycling! I’m pinning it!

  47. This is an oldie but goodie! Thanks for posting. Hello from Busy Monday.

  48. Great Tutorial!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again!! I love having you!! Pinned!!

  49. We love finding projects where we upcycle, so this is a great one! Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags party, I pinned your post to our group board.

  50. I made these airplanes for my kids…my grandkid…and I am making them for my great grandkids. I made them for the neighbor kids. my scout troups

    I’ve always used meat foam…and haven’t hurt any by using it.

    But if it worries you and you don’t have foam you can get black or white foam at the Dollar Tree stores. It works and is a little stronger because of the heavy paper on the outside. I think it is called foam board.


  51. I’m always on the lookout for things to do with my grandsons. They will be so happy when we make these together. Thanks so much for sharing at my Grandma Ideas Sharing time link party!

  52. Brilliant mama! Love this, Noreen, and no doubt all those other moms who will have the kids around all summer, will love this idea too: from trash to treasure and keeps them entertained for hours! Thank you for linking it up at SHARE IT sunday linky party. A new party will open again tomorrow and I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring. ~ Till soon, Rose

  53. This brings memories when i was a child! We make something similar plane out of cardboard! Thanks foe sharing this at my last party! Hope to see you at this week
    bash! Hugs Maria

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