Eco-Workshop No. 3: The Polystyrene Airplane


Your recycling bin is a real gold mine! With just a little imagination, many types of containers and packaging can be reused or transformed. Using these for arts and crafts with children stimulates creativity and teaches the good practices of reusing and recycling.

For eco-workshop no. 3, we will make an airplane out of polystyrene food trays. Everyone remembers playing with these small airplanes as children! Here’s how to make one:



You will need the following items for this eco-workshop:

  • Airplane template
  • Polystyrene food trays
  • 1 paper clip
  • 1 pen/felt-tip pen
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 exacto knife

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Download and print the airplane template onto cardboard.



Cut out the template using the scissors and exacto knife.



Draw the outline of the airplane parts on the food tray.



Using the exacto knife, cut the edges off the food tray. This will make it easier to handle the tray and cut out the parts of the airplane. Then cut out all the parts.



Assemble the airplane, then add a paper clip on the end of its nose to give it a bit more weight. This will make it easier to fly.



That’s all there is to it! The plane is now ready for take-off. Enjoy!


This airplane was made using a Cascades EVOK food tray with a minimum of 25% recycled content.

Do you have any other crafts ideas? Don’t hesitate to let us know about them — leave a comment!


See also:

Eco-workshop no. 1: The mini greenhouse

Eco-workshop no. 2: Cardboard speakers



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About the Author
Anne-Marie Gingras

A Communications Advisor with Cascades since 2011, Anne-Marie now also fulfills the position of Community Manager. She holds a BA in Public Communication from the Université Laval and a Certificate in Marketing from the Université de Trois-Rivières. As Community Manager, she is in constant contact with the public, sharing the company's newest innovations and reporting on its involvement within the communities it calls home. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work for a company that is responsible, respectful and transparent. It gives me a great sense of pride! Through social media, we are now able to interact with the population and we value this close contact. Cascades is an organization that encourages creativity and initiative, which allows us to develop in a very stimulating work environment."

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