Paper airplanes are fantastic: they're easy to make from simple materials. Just grab a sheet of paper and maybe scissors, tape, or a paperclip and you're ready to go.

There are as many great designs as there are paper airplane makers, and we love them all. Do you have a favorite design that flies farther, faster, or in exciting loops? What cool tips and tweaks work best for you? We want to know!

Enter the Toss It! Speed Contest, and show us how to make an awesome paper airplane!

Make a good Instructable that clearly shows how to make a paper airplane, and embed a video of your plane in flight. You can't just say it's the best, you have to show us!

Here's our own video to see what we mean.

Need more incentive?
great and easy to make paper airplane
Paper Glider
Walkalong Glider

- The paper airplane must be human-propelled. No rubber bands for propellers or launchers. It's all about tossing a paper airplane.
- A video that shows the contest sheet (see below) and at least one throw of the airplane must be embedded into the Instructable.

Since this is a short contest we're letting the audience judge!
Vote for as few or as many as you like - it's up to you. We're not including duplicate votes, so please exercise good sportsmanship.

We'll judge based on the standings at noon PST on Thursday, March 20 2008 so everyone will have time to check out and vote on even the latest entries. Results will be posted shortly thereafter.


Voting Prize: Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals, a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.

Voting Runners Up: An Instructables robot t-shirt.

Pageviews Prize: Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals, a pilot's license, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.

Random Prize: Air Instructables Flight Kit which includes decals, a "pilot's license", and an Instructables robot t-shirt.

How to Enter

- Make an a paper airplane Instructable. Use clear words and pictures so others can repeat your project.
- Embed a video of the plane in action.
- In the beginning of the video, show a printout of this PDF or this image.
- Videos can be no more than 30 seconds long.
- Add it to the Toss It! Speed Contest by 11:59pm PST, Sunday March 16, 2008.


Only projects posted during the contest period are eligible. If you've already submitted a suitable Instructable, make another version with improvements and submit it to the contest! Post an improved version of someone else's Instructable with a link back to your source of inspiration!

We're looking for neat and creative projects, so let your imagination run wild.

Project Submission Start Date: February 28, 2008.
Project Submission Deadline: 11:59pm PST, Sunday March 16, 2008.
Audience Judging Deadline: noon PST, Thursday, March 20, 2008.

Fine Print:
You can only win one prize per contest, but may enter as many projects as you like and cross-post to other contests!

International entries are eligible - we're happy to ship prizes abroad.

If you're under 18, go ahead and submit your project - we'll just need your parents' OK if you win.

Open to enter: 2008-02-26 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: 2008-03-16 11:59 PM PST

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Step 1: Official Rules

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.
Cool video!
So the rules state that the paper airplane must be "human-propelled" and that includes running behind it with a paddle like the walkalong glider?
Oppps... guess I'm a year late... Chucks!
I have had two people tell me they are having trouble voting. Has anyone else had a problem? Anyone have a suggestion? -Richard
I'd like to find out more about their problems. Do you know any details?
Thank you for getting on that. I had three friends/relatives tell me that they couldn't vote. One sent me the following: "When I click on the "vote now" button it will open a message that says I am not an authorized voter." (However, they are all registered Instructables users). Looks like from the later posting you fixed the issue. Again, thank you.
I think that we've found the problem and taken care of it. Try it again and let me know.
Can u put more than one video on the Instructable?
can you make a plane with more than one piece of paper? If so, can u use other things to support the plane (like foam board supports on the wings)?
More than one piece of paper is fine, but hold off on the foam board supports. We want to keep the materials as simple as possible.
then I'l just use toothpicks...if thats all right with you?
Pilots license? As in a real Pilots license?
Yes, a pilot's license for flying a paper airplane. :)
Figured...(-_-) haha
its an INSTRUCTABLES pilots license. its probably got that robot logo and your name... thats it, so don't try to fly with it!
im going to enter this...
If it's a collaboration between two users, do they both get a prize? (I really need to know soon.)
hey..what if the instructable is about modifying a paper airplane? like making a paper airplane do something other than flying while in the air?
does it have to be the fastest or the longest in the air
It's a speed contest so the judging will be done by readers, but the better the flight the more convincing it will be.
I may be an idiot (or had an idiot moment or browser problems) but I had the hardest time finding the rules for this contest. When I clicked on the contest, It only showed those entered, and a line that said "Contest is currently open, enter yours or vote now." I followed the "enter yours " link hoping to find the rules, but only got a message that said "You currently have no new eligible entries that have been published since the start of this contest." There was a box in the upper right hand corner under the header, but it was empty. I still don't know how I found this page.........
Form the intro - regarding the rubberband motor / material restriction: <em> 'Paper airplanes are fantastic: they're easy to make from simple materials. Just grab a sheet of paper and maybe scissors, tape, or a paperclip and you're ready to go.' </em><br/><br/>I understand this as paper, tape, and paperclip at most with scissors as optional construction tools. Well, if you want to make it <em>really</em> fast you may add some scissors to the plane. But this will limit your plane to short distance flights.<br/>--<br/>Airspace V - international hangar flying!<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.airspace-v.com">http://www.airspace-v.com</a><br/>
I predict that it's going to be pretty difficult to get a video of a paper airplane in flight that looks very good after compression. Anyone got any hints? Perhaps brightly colored paper would help? Should/could clause 9 of the official rules explicitly call out "non-exclusive" ?
can they have rubberband motors or do they have to be made solely of paper.
By the way, does the image have to be printed out FULL SIZE like a whole sheet of paper? Or can it just be like... how it is when you click on the image? Thanks.
One is for printing and showing, the other is for adding to a video.
One of the awesomest contests yet. I will post some. Maybe more than 5. A couple. You'll see, you'll see!!!
Haha. This contest is going to be awesome. Everyone is going to post like ten airplanes. btw, good luck with your airplanes!
i am going to enter!
Sweet! I don't really plan on winning with my planes, but I've got a whole bunch from school!!

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