How to Make a Beer Can Airplane

Using trash to make out creative objects and models is a hobby only few people adopt but it can be really fun-filled if you once try out to make anything new. There are so many things you would consider useless and throw them away in the trash can. However, you can make a lot of things out of such items. For instance, you can use empty beer cans to make out a model of an airplane by yourself. You can have a neat decoration piece for your room or present it as a gift to someone.

Things Required:

– 8 clean beer cans
– Pliers
– Rivets
– Rivet gun
– Strong scissors or cutter


  • 1

    Take six of the eight empty beer cans and remove both their tops and bottoms with strong scissors or any other appropriate cutting tool. You can dispose of the tops but keep the bottoms for later use.

  • 2

    Cut open the entire beer can from top to the bottom and make them flat by a rolling pin. You will get six sheets made of beer cans.

  • 3

    Cut 6 long struts on one of the sheet. The dimensions of the struts should be 1x3 ½ inches. You will be needed to cut two short wing struts on the same sheet as well, measuring 1 ½ x 2 inches.

  • 4

    Fold the longer struts and the wing struts in half. Make sure the long struts are folded lengthwise, whilst the wings are bended crosswise. Crimp and shape their ends into tabs afterwards.

  • 5

    You have to insert tabs number 1, 3 and 5 into the body of the airplane you are making, while tabs 2 and 4 are to be made as supports for the tail.

  • 6

    For making the horizontal tailpiece, cut out a 3x6 rectangle. Make a slit in the upright and then carve further three slits for the tabs on it.

  • 7

    2 strips, measuring 3 ½ inches, will make out for the wings of your airplane. You will have to overlap the strips to make a rectangular, measuring 3 ½ x 13 inches, and rivet them together. Make slits 2 inches from the ends by adjusting the tabs of the longer struts and then make a ½ inch crease on both sides. You have to make a hole in the centre of the wing and repeat the same process for making the second wing.

  • 8

    Cut out a 3x7 inch rectangle, fold it crosswise and rivet to make the tail upright. You will further need to make 4 cuts, with ½ inch length, along the bottom side and make out 5 new tabs.

  • 9

    Remove the tops of the remaining two empty cans and create 3 slits on their sides and insert the tailpiece and 2 side-by-side for the tail rest.

  • 10

    Make 2 4-inch clits, 1 inch apart, and carve a hole through the can. You can now slide the wings through the slits.

  • 11

    Make slits for the short wings and wheel struts at the bottom of the can.

  • 12

    Attach the two portions of the airplane together by connecting top wing to body and attaching the wings along the struts.

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