Airplane in EL Wire




About: Retired engineer and serial hobbyist

Intro: Airplane in EL Wire

This is a decoration in the form of a jet airplane made of foam board and electroluminescent (EL) wire. It is very easy to build using simple tools and inexpensive materials. Just follow along with the video


  • Black foam board (this is from Dollar Tree) $1
  • EL wire, 2 to 3 meters, any color with inverter $9-$17 (Sparkfun, Adafruit, etc.)
  • Poster board (optional)
  • Hot glue sticks


  • Really sharp cutting tool
  • Hot glue gun
  • Something to sketch with

Please excuse me if I mess any of this up. It's my first Instructable!

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    4 Discussions


    Cool way to light up a plane. If I could make one suggestion, I would recommend embedding the video rather than making it a downloadable file. In the step editor you can use the "Emebd Video" tool to embed a video that you have uploaded to a video sharing site like YouTube. Then people can view the video on the page without having to download it.

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    Excellent comment and thanks for the compliment. I went back and edited it. I think it is working better now...