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This is a fun and easy project for kids and adults!
I've adapted this project from Paul Billings' design.
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Step 1: What you'll need

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- Styrofoam egg carton lid
- Marker and pen
- scissors
- ruler
- knife
- penny
- black paint
- Glider pattern:

Step 2: Trace and cut

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Make two marks on the wings of the pattern, 1 and 3  inches from the inner corners of the tail, about a half in in from the edge.
We'll be using these marks later to make the wing flaps.

Cut the pattern out, and trace it on the inside of the carton with a marker. Carefully  cut the glider out with a knife.

Step 3: Make the wing flaps

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Remember those marks we made on the pattern earlier?

Draw lines from those points straight down to the edge of the wing.
Place the template over the glider again, and use your knife to cut those lines into the glider.

Once the cuts are made, line up the inner points and score a lines with a pen and ruler to make the flaps.

Step 4: Paint it!

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You can color the glider however you want.
I opted for spray paint.

I sprayed mine in a pizza box to control the mess.

It might also look awesome to make small designs on the wings with a silver sharpie... maybe a skull and crossbones, and the words "DEATH FROM ABOVE"  LOL.


Step 5: Fly it!

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Add a penny in the slot near the nose for weight.
It should fit snugly.

Now go outside and throw!
Experiment with the flaps to make your glider preform turns and loops!
PrestonB19 months ago

Hey could this fly an egg

American Ruin (author)  PrestonB19 months ago

An eggshell maybe, but not an egg... Unless it was a hummingbird egg.

smoosh901010 months ago
Try adding a small pager motor to build a jet fighter that can fly longer
American Ruin (author)  smoosh901010 months ago

Now all I have to do is locate a pager in 2014...


I'm sure I can find one at a thrift shop. Thanks for the tip!

bubbaboss1 year ago

would cardboard be able to replace the penny?

American Ruin (author)  bubbaboss1 year ago

I dont see why not.

yankee24422 years ago
Just made it it's amazing
American Ruin (author)  yankee24421 year ago

Glad it worked out for you!

This thing flies like a champ!!
American Ruin (author)  ticobluestar1 year ago

I know, right?

yankee24422 years ago
They are called elevons.
Parker_r52 years ago
Does this work with a cardboard egg carton?
American Ruin (author)  Parker_r52 years ago
I've never tried it... but it would be awesome to see if you can make one!
arpruss2 years ago
Very nice. Our egg crate might have been a bit wider, as our winglets look small, but it flies great.
Arman55922 years ago
very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)
Arman55922 years ago
very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)
Arman55922 years ago
very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)
Arman55922 years ago
very nice, but I call those ailerons not flapping wings :-)
palombo50502 years ago
SWEET1!!!! I will be building this with my son real soon
rimar20002 years ago
Very nice glider. Maybe you could load a video.
Looks really cool.

I don't think egg boxes like that are very common here, but if you can find another you might want to Google "Walk Along Glider".
American Ruin (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
Just saw a video on YouTube... those little guys are awesome!
myadee2 years ago
Very cool!
American Ruin (author)  myadee2 years ago
thank you.
Gregbot2 years ago
American Ruin (author)  Gregbot2 years ago