This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias. Walmart has rolled back prices on Disney Planes toys for kids and I’m sharing a tutorial on my DIY Model Disney Planes and Christmas Tree Ornaments. This post includes a free 15 page Disney Planes activity printable pack with a fun printable airplane runway.
My boys’ Christmas wish lists include all things “boy” – robots, planes, cars and a host of heroes. So I was excited when I was contacted about a special last-minute holiday promotion for the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue toys available at Walmart. I found our Disney Planes toys in the toy section at Walmart. The selection spanned two different shelves. I found toys on both shelves for my boys.
Right now you can purchase many of the Disney Planes and Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue toys at “rollback” prices. Their planes and toys make the perfect stocking stuffers or even hanging Christmas tree ornaments that double as gifts!
- Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97
- Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97
- Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97
- Disney Planes and Planes Fire & Rescue Character Die-Cast Assortment are on rollback at $4.97
Since the die-cast characters can be used with the activity centers, I decided to get the Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway. The Flight to the Finish Speedway is easy to set up and my boys got so excited about being able to launch their planes into flight around the track. The track comes with one Dusty Crophopper plane but all of the planes we purchased (Leadbottom, El Chupacabra, and Bulldog) worked on the speedway track. Even my little guy was able to work the launching gear. He’s concentrating on the yellow launching arm as he launches each plane.
DIY Disney Planes Model Planes Tutorial and FREE Planes Printables
There are so many fun ways to incorporate Disney Planes into learning activities for kids that I decided to create a FREE 15 page Disney Planes activity printable pack. I can’t use the actual artwork from the Disney Planes movie (it’s copyright protected), but I did make sure this planes’ pack is full of fun activities like coloring, counting, puzzles, cutting, and matching (feel free to PIN and share about my FREE printable pack).
I also included an airplane runway for some fun with either the DIY Model Disney Planes I’m including in my tutorial here, or the Disney Planes and Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue die-cast assortment characters. To create the runway you see pictured here, I printed out the runway in the printable pack. I trimmed around the airplane runway border and then cut a piece of construction paper in half length-wise at 4.5 inches and taped the two ends together. I then used stick glue to attached the paper runway on top.
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DIY Disney Planes Model Planes Tutorial
These DIY Disney Model Planes are made from wood parts that can be found at Walmart or your local craft store. My tutorial is on how to create four of the planes from the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue movie. The model planes include:
These DIY craft model planes are created from Woodsies Doll Pins – they can easily be used as Christmas ornaments or party decorations for a Disney Planes birthday party.
While watching me create my craft, my boys decided to create some craft airplanes of their own. Gluing the wood pieces together, painting the parts, and even flying the planes around the room are all great activities for young children. My eldest gave his plane polka dots, and my youngest used lots of orange. These model planes made from wooden parts would make a great Disney Planes birthday party activity for kids.
Supplies needed to create Disney Planes Model Airplanes:
- Woodsies Doll Pins – you can also use wooden clothespins but the doll pins give a more streamlined appearance
- Woodsies rectangles in small, medium and large
- Woodsies squares in small, medium and large
- Woodsies small star shapes
- Wooden craft or popsicle sticks
- 1/2″ Wooden furniture buttons
- 1 Bottle wood glue
- 1 Red crayon
- Silver Thumbtacks
- Small black buttons – two or three per plane
- An assortment of permanent markers – esp. black, silver, and yellow
- Stickers with eyeballs – I raided my childrens’ sticker collections for the eyes
- Silver jewelry wire – if you decide you want to hang these from your Christmas tree as ornaments
- Fine paint brushes
*A special note about paint – I recommend acrylic paint but I also used tempura paint and simply painted on multiple layers.
Step 1: Paint the parts for each plane. The primary colors you’ll be using for this task are red, yellow, orange, teal, and green. To paint each plane body I referenced the planes images online of the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue movie at the Internet Movie Database. If you click on “photos” there are some great images of the heroes from the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue movie. You’ll want to paint all your parts before you glue them together. The parts are small and if you do not paint them first it will be too difficult to get every nook and cranny painted after the planes are assembled. I used a kitchen knife to carve a small indentation at the back of each plane to add the tail flaps for the planes.
Step 2: Paint with Permanent Markers. I used a black permanent marker for the helicopter blades for Windlifter (green) and
Blade Ranger (red). This made for a sharp black color. I also used permanent markers for fine details like the helicopters’ noses and mouths.
Step 3: Add Fine Details: Again, I recommend referencing the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue movie at the Internet Movie Database. The photos will help with the fine details. I used small wooden stars for the back propellers on Blade Ranger (red). Permanent markers are perfect for the fine details of these tiny model planes. I used yellow, black and silver markers for the back propellers.
To create the front propellers for Dusty Crophopper, I cut the wooden pieces into smaller, thiner pieces and painted them using a black permanent marker. I then put a thumb tack “pin up” and filled the cup of the tack with wood glue. I carefully attached the propeller pieces to the tack using the pool of wood glue.
Step 4: Preassemble. A dry fit will help you determine how everything goes together. In this photo you can see most of the parts that I used to create my DIY Model Disney Planes from the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue movie.
Step 5: Glue together the painted parts. To create the Dipper (yellow) model airplane, I used red crayon pieces for the parts of the plane that hold the propellers. To get the thumb tacks to go into the crayon pieces without breaking the crayons apart, I had to microwave the crayons first. This did not melt the crayons, it only softened the interior of the crayon pieces. Microwave ovens vary greatly, but I microwaved my red crayon pieces for 38 seconds each in order to be able to insert the silver thumbtacks with the propellers attached. I used wood glue to glue together all of the pieces. I also used spare pieces to prop up airplane wings to aide in the drying process.
Step 6: Display your model planes. Creating these planes with my boys was fun, and in the end we were able to use them for both play on the runway, and as Christmas tree ornaments.
To hang the wooden DIY model planes and the Disney Planes and Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Character Die-Cast Assortment on our Christmas tree I used silver jewelry wire. This enabled me to securely wrap wire around each plane body and create a snug and secure fit for our Disney Planes.
I’m so excited about using our planes as both Christmas tree ornaments and fun gifts for Christmas morning! Do your children have any Disney favorites? What types of toys do you look forward to seeing your kids open at Christmas? Please leave a comment. I love hearing from my readers.
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