Launchable Drinking Straw Planes

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Introduction: Launchable Drinking Straw Planes

Fun, very easy to make, for all ages. Launch them, race them, and attach a paper pilot if you want.

You will need the materials shown.

Step 1: Step 1:

Cut off the end of the straw with the bendy part.

Step 2: Step 2:

Cut the paper lengthwise, about a centimeter shorter than the straw's length.

Step 3: Step 3:

Roll the paper loosely around the straw and secure the paper to itself so it doesn't unroll.

Step 4: Step 4:

Take the paper roll off the straw and flatten the end so it's tapered. Now tape it so it's well air tight on that end. Leave the other as it is.

Step 5: Step 5:

Put the straw in the paper roll. Now you can decorate it! As a butterfly, dragonfly, plane, bird...anything that flies! Make sure that any decorations are light.

Step 6: Step 6:

It should now look like this. Blow through the straw from the back to launch it.

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The instructions forgot to mention that the flying parts should balance between 1/4 to 1/3 of the way from the front of the wing to the back. One can fine tune from this point by adding bits of clay. -- Keep 'em flyin'

OK what am I doing wrong??? My plane goes down like a dud! How do I get it to fly ... atleast past my kitchen table!?

there too havey

What does the straw do for it? I see how it's used at first, but what does it do when you put it back in? Do you blow through it to launch it?

Yes, if you blow hard enough your plane should fly away.

Thanks ! I knew I was missing something. I'm going to edit it now.

Thank you so much for this! I needed a project for school ( like Pro ) and this was perfect! 5*s!!