Home Depot Kids Workshop: Helicopter, Part 2

This is the second part of Home Depot Kids Workshop: Helicopter, the first part is entitled “Home Depot Kids Workshop for November”. I didn’t change the title of the first one even though it didn’t follow the format so that it wouldn’t cause an error with previous post shares. For those who have not read my previous posts, Home Depot offers completely free workshops for kids on a monthly basis. These workshops help develop kids’ safe do-it-yourself skills. Home Depot also offers workshops for adults. For more information and to view the latest workshops available, check their website here.

So yesterday, R and I went to the Home Depot Kids Workshop. It started at 9, but we didn’t go until R woke up, ate breakfast, and got ready. We arrived at Home Depot around 11 am. Unlike the previous workshop, this one was done inside the store. It was at the very back, past the windows and walls section. It was a small area, but there’s enough room for people to move about without getting hit by anything on the shelves. They used plywood for tables and the Home Depot Five Gallon Homer buckets for seats. Since it’s been 2 hours since the workshop started, there were only a few families present, building their helicopters. The kits were already on the table like the last workshop, so R and I chose the closest spot available. R wore his apron and safety goggles. He also brought his own red hammer, but there were hammers available for use on the table.

We opened the kit. Instructions were included along with the wooden parts. The kit we received came with 3 extra short nails.



It did say in the bottom that if you want the helicopter painted, you have to paint first and make sure everything is completely dry before adding the stickers. One sticker page was good enough for four different helicopters.


We encountered some very minor issues with this workshop. First, the plywood table was too soft to be used for hammering. We had to use the floor to properly hammer the parts together. Not really a big deal but last workshop, the table they assembled were much sturdier. Second, the wooden braces included in the kit were a tad bit wider than the notches or grooves on the landing skids, so the braces broke when nailed to the landing skids. Extra braces were provided by the really nice staff, but even those broke when connected to the helicopter body.


Also, at this workshop, they didn’t provide any paint, wood glue nor fine sandpaper. Fine sandpaper was optional, although some parts needed additional sanding. Wood glue would have been really helpful to make the whole process easier, but also optional. Wood glue and different colored paints were provided last workshop. I guess it depends on their budget and who they assigned the workshops to. Anyway, the kit was free, and except for the fine sandpaper, we had everything we needed at home, so we decided to not put the stickers yet so R can paint his helicopter. It would probably be a good idea to bring some paints for the next workshop just in case. The workshop captain/ Home Depot personnel was kind enough to let us have extra parts, and a kit with broken parts someone left. So R nailed the rotor blades to the helicopter body, presented it to the workshop captain and he received his helicopter pin and certificate of achievement. The workshop captain mistakenly wrote down November 4 on the certificate of Merit instead of November 5.


When we came home, R and I decided to make his helicopter a US Air Force helicopter. This was how it looked before painting. The braces were from the extra parts given, but would be replaced by popsicle sticks.

14956394_687620278080475_1438764111492578248_nWe used Waverly Super Premium High-Performance Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint in Steel for the helicopter body, tail rotor and rotor blades. We used Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint in Ivory Black for the braces and the landing skids.


I used two narrow popsicle sticks cut to length and glued together to replace the braces. I let the parts dry and touched up what he missed. After they were completely dried, I drilled holes on the popsicle sticks and all the other parts so it would be easier for R to hammer. I used a 1/16 in. (1.6 mm) drill bit. After hammering everything together, R put the stickers on. Looked great! R loved it! As soon as he put the stickers on it, he played with it outside. Thank you Home Depot for conducting these free kids workshops!


Did you and your little one/s attend this workshop? Did you have fun? I would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts and leave a comment below.