Clothespin Airplanes {Party Favors}

 Reed just turned three over the weekend!  {tear}  Where does the time go?
Ever since we went on the “hairplane with PaPa” this summer {yes, that’s how he pronounces it}, Reed has been talking about an airplane themed party.  I scoured Pinterest for ideas and saw these adorable clothespin airplanes from Oriental Trading and thought they would be perfect for party favors.  But they didn’t have them in the colors I wanted so I decided to improvise.  


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Jill Fritz is a full time outside the home working mommy turned craft blogger. She offers craft/DIY tutorials for Pinterest addicts, craft junkies, DIY fanatics and busy mamas. Jill started Create.Craft.Love. as place to showcase her craftiness and to encourage others to do the same. Create.Craft.Love is a place where passion and creativity collide!


  1. So cute–my son would love these–and I even have all the supplies to make them today!

  2. They are so cute! What a great idea to use them to hold little thank yous!

  3. Where does the time go?! I can’t wait to see the entire party!!

  4. Such a classic, lovely, vintage feel! LOVE!! Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Come {link} party with the Wildly Original Crowd.

  5. These are awesome! I think this is something I can have my husband do with the boys. LOVE IT! Following you on rss now!

  6. This is such a great idea. My 2 1/2 yr old is OBSESSED with airplanes right now… especially the kind that has a “propeller on it!” I think I will try to make these with him tomorrow as we will both be home all day. He can paint the pieces while I will assemble. I think I’ll have to experiment with finding a small screw to attach the propeller as I know Eli will just have to spin it! Wish me luck with making that work! Thank you so much for this idea!

  7. What a cute idea this is! My husband loves old planes–I bet he would get a kick out of these if I used them to decorate a place setting :)

  8. Oh my goodness, I *LOVE* these. Have pinned this post. (Dropping by from the Happy Hour link party).

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  10. These are so great! They are the perfect craft for kids…I think even my 13 year old son *might* make one…he’d try to add a motor to it, too, but still :D

    I’d love it if you’d stop by and share it at my linky party:

    Hope you stop by and share!


  11. I just love these. I can see them being used for a party as hanging decorations. They are so easy and cute to make, thanks for sharing.

  12. These are so smart and CUTE! My little group of kids would have a blast making these too. Thanks for the fun idea!

  13. So adorable! I love this idea!

  14. Your link-up over at TT&J caught me eye! What a wonderful project. Love the colors too! Pinning!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  15. I love this! I have little boys, so this would be the perfect homemade stocking stuffer. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Great idea my kids would love make the planes.

  17. Lindsay says:

    The picture that shows what you need “to make one airplane” says 4 mini craft sticks but when I look at the pictures of the ones you made, I only see 2 mini craft sticks?

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      Wow! Great catch! That post has been live for almost 2 years and no one has said anything! Yes – it only needs 2 mini craft sticks. Thanks for the heads up!

  18. I love these, they look like such fun party favors. I wish I saw them earlier for my son’s birthday party, but I’ve shared with my followers for their parties. Thanks for sharing!


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