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Paper Airplanes and Milk Cartons

There’s something fun and whimsical about paper airplanes that brings out my inner child. My dad would teach us how to fold the airplanes and we’d go nuts. I swear we’d go through a ream of paper on a really good day, especially if it was windy outside.

The Sent with Love Pretty Bundle immediately took me back to those fond memories and I eagerly got to work. The end result was so much fun: adorable gift boxes made from the Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die, tags cut from the Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and some bigger-sized planes that are just for throwing around the room (wheeeee!).

The trick to this airplane model is to start with a rectangular piece of paper. The largest plane was made using an 8-1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The medium-sized plane was made with a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece and the small planes on the tags were made using a 2-1/4" x 2-1/2" piece of paper. They do get a little harder to fold the smaller they get—and they don’t fly as well either—but they are stinking adorable on tags!

The patterns in the Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are so easy to use, especially the fun pieces that can be cut out of the sheet with the tags and labels. I dressed the tags up with some stamping, other label pieces, a small airplane, and some Pool Party Baker’s Twine. It was also a lot of fun to stamp on the mini clothespins. 

I love to play around with our dies to figure out how to use them in different ways. The Milk Carton is a fun one because you can make it taller, shorter, and wider; there are lots of possibilities. I chose to go wider this time. Here’s how I put it together.

Step 1: Cut out two milk cartons, fold on the lines as shown, and cut off two panels as shown.

Step 2: Apply Sticky Strip to the tabs on both of the milk cartons.

Step 3: Attach the half milk carton to the full milk carton, then fold the bottom flaps under the top as shown. Close the milk carton with the Sticky Strip on the other tab. Fold the bottom panels under and secure together with SNAIL Adhesive.

Step 4: Take the half of the milk carton that was cut off and cut 3" from one of the panels.

Step 5: Use Sticky Strip to stick the 3" panel to the bottom of the milk carton to make it sturdier.

Step 6: Fill your carton with treats and close the top with Sticky Strip, a mini clothespin, or other closure of your choice.

(More samples of this same concept can be found in the annual catalog, p. 68.)

These adorable little gift boxes would be great for a party favor, a quick thank you treat, or a birthday gift. What else would you do with a tiny paper airplane?

Melody H.
Concept Artist


  • StampingMaria

    May 28

    Thanks so much Melody for sharing these projects; I LOVE ideas on how I can alter Stampin' Up Big Shot Dies!