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DIY Gifts for Pilots: Candy Airplanes

IMG_3760My husband got his pilot’s license about 2 years ago and loves to fly when he’s not tied down to a home remodeling project. So, this Valentine’s Day after seeing a friend’s Facebook post, I decided to make him a little “sweet fleet” of planes complete with a sparkly runway, of course (my jewelry biz is called A Touch of Sparkle by Monica after all)!

There are many ways to make these with Smarties, Lifesavers and gum, however, I opted to use up some leftover candy canes (from my 1st pink and blue Christmas Tree), Valentine Sixlets, gum, Dum-Dum lollipops (from one of my many candy bouquet projects) and “lumps of coal” Christmas chocolates.

Airplane label

You’re open to design these little planes with whatever you have on hand as long as you can secure them together to look like a plane. Since I used glue for my planes, I would not suggest allowing these as edible gifts for kids, but just as show treats. For edible gifts to take to school or for kids to dismantle and eat, please opt for a no glue method such as The Frugal Female’s linked blog post above using Smarties.

To see how I assembled the blue candy cane plane, please watch my video tutorial. The Sixlet plane is verbally explained in the vlog as well.

In addition to making the planes, I made an airplane themed Valentine card using Microsoft Publisher (is usually cheaper and included in an Office Suite) and a small sparkly runway out of brown card stock paper, a metallic silver Sharpie, some rhinestone heart stickers bought at the Dollar Tree, heart themed pink washi tape and double stick tape. I also created a “couple” of pilot owls from felt stickers purchased at Michaels, folded brown card stock and pink washi tape scraps.

Card and Runway collage

Very easy and cute project for kids and adults. Pilots will fall in love with this Valentine idea as well. Use up some left over candy to make a sweet gift for the pilot of your heart! Be sure to tag me #SparkleByMonica on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram if you make these so I can see your crafty planes!