Kids Activity: Create an Airport Terminal with a Box

Make an Airport Terminal from a Box l

My son has developed an obsession with planes and helicopters. A huge obsession. I find his toy planes everywhere, including under my bare feet in the dark!

Meanwhile, my obsession with collecting packaging for craft purposes has also been growing. I knew I had to do something soon but was reluctant to throw my collection into the recycle bin. So after stepping on a toy plane once too often, I decided to combine our two obsessions and ended up making an airport terminal with a box and other recycled packaging.

It may sound like a lot of effort to make an airport terminal with a box but it really wasn’t. It took around half an hour all together, not including the drying time. I am also pleased that since it dried, my son has enjoyed playing with his airport terminal and I haven’t stepped on another toy plane since!

Make an Airport Terminal with a Box

What You Need:

  • A sturdy cardboard box
  • An empty teabag box
  • Paper towel roll insert
  • Plastic water bottle
  • White paper
  • Double sided tape
  • Poster paint (I used green, black, white, brown, yellow and silver)
  • Paint brushes
  • Craft glue
  • Fluorescent washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Masking tape
  • Bright coloured pom pom

Step 1:

Using double sided tape, attach white paper to the underside of the cardboard box.

Make an Airport Terminal l Attach Paper l

Step 2:

Cut the teabag box in half. These will be used to make a shed and a building.

Cut the bottom of the water bottle, about one third of the height of the bottle. This will be the top of the airport tower.

Trim small tabs into the base of the paper towel roll. These will be used to attach the tower to the box.

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Step 3:

Plan your airport terminal by laying out the pieces as shown. Sketch the layout in pencil. Don’t forget to include the run way and helipad!

Note: The cotton wool balls will be trees.

Make an Airport Terminal l Layout l

Step 4:

Glue the cut water bottle base to the top of the tower then paint it silver. I painted a strip around the base in black.

Paint the shed and building in your chosen colour (I used brown). Using masking tape, add a door and airport sign to the main building.

Set aside to dry.

Note: I did attach a glittery yellow pom pom to the roof of the shed as an emergency warning light but my son pulled it off almost immediately!

Step 5:

Glue down the cotton wool balls and while they are drying, paint the grounds of the airport terminal.

I mixed black and white paint to make grey and used this for the runway and helipad.

I painted a yellow strip down one side of the run way and used fluorescent orange washi tape down the other. I also used the orange tape to make a cross on the helipad and to mark out lanes on the run way.

Once the cotton wool balls are dry, use a wide paint brush and paint them green.

Step 6:

Once everything is dry, attach the shed, airport building and the tower. I used a combination of double sided tape and craft glue.

Step 7:

Your airport terminal is now ready for planes to take off!

Make an Airport Terminal l Ready for Take Off l


Make an Airport Terminal l Close Up View l


Make an Airport Terminal l Close Up View of Tower l

 My son loves playing with his new airport terminal!

Make an Airport Terminal l Play time l


Make an Airport Terminal l Plane Time l

 Removing the Emergency Warning Light!

Make an Airport Terminal l Emergency Light l

What are your children obsessed with?

How do you encourage their interests?

Like this cardboard box craft? Why not check out my post on how to make a personalised cardboard box car!

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  1. Such creative idea! #Letkidsbekids
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  2. What a great project idea! It s amazing what you can turn a few simple things into. #letkidsbekids
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  3. This is really a great idea! My son loves making things out of cardboard boxes and it’s the only thing that gets him to unplug from his KIndle and from playing Minecraft. My kids are home on break for the week AND we are snowed in so this will be perfect for keeping them entertained.
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    • Hi Yanique, I hope your son has fun making an airport terminal. This project didn’t take long and is really easy! It’s the middle of summer here so it’s hard for me to imagine being snowed in. Hopefully these sorts of activities will help the time pass! Thanks for popping by

  4. what a great idea! So fun for the kids too! this would be a great inside toy regardless of weather. I can see a whole town!
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    • Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. You’re so right, there’s potential to create all sorts of things. I am going to make a train station next time!

  5. What a neat idea. Crafty and fun for the littles :)
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  6. Awesome! This is a great way to reuse old boxes. I think I would enjoying playing with this too.
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  7. This is so adorable, homemade pllay is always so much fun and the interest last so much longer than instant gratification toys.

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    • Hi Pam! Thanks for stopping by! My son (who is 2) loves his airport and even over a month after making it, he still plays with it every single day! I must admit I am surprised he hasn’t pulled it to pieces but he enjoys it too much, I think! Thanks for hosting Link It Monday


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