Introduction: Office Supply Glider

Silly little glider made from office junk.

you'll need
foam core board
double sided tape
bamboo skewer
and a paper clip

Btw this isn't my first instructable, flame on

Step 1: Strip the Foam Core

soak the foam core in some water with a bit of soap for about 2 hours. You can then fairly easily peel off the paper facing, you want to use the 3mm foamcore if you have it but thicker should work.

Step 2: Cut Some Wings

I didn't measure, the wings are about 3x16 inches each, I then scored a couple of parallel lines under each wing with a blunt pencil to add some camber to the wings.

Step 3: Make the Body

The body consists of a bamboo skewer split in half and a piece of foam core folded into an angle with wings. attach the skewer to the piece of foam.

Step 4: Attach the Body to the Wings

The wings are joined together with some scotch tape and the body attached with double sided tape. With care assembly can result with a little dihedral in the wing.

Step 5: Make a Canard

The canard is bigger than a business card sized, too big and the weight needed at the front is excessive, too small and the lift is insufficient.

Step 6: Balance

Balance with a paperclip on the skewer. No i can't give an exact location.

Step 7: Find a High Place

And throw it off.

Yes it's a canard, every one of my co-employees said "but it's flying backwards" arrgh!


Anand Kishor Verma (author)2015-04-23


i love aircraft (author)2012-01-23

is nice

scattermama78 (author)2011-06-25

One of my sons is obsessed with paper airplanes and is currently outside building this one. he is "tinkering it up" a bit. We have foam core board, but it is 5mm, so we are adjusting some of the areodynamics a bit, but he'll get it. Thanks for the great idea!!! (By the way...he's 10)

raul38 (author)2011-05-21

Nice design, I make a glider with out fuselage

jellypop1 (author)2011-05-15

I tried and failed, added a head and blue tack onto it, works great!
btw, does ur foam core crack when you bend it?

paperairplanecreator (author)2010-11-06

Sí, yo también lo hacen mucho! : D

FrozenIce (author)2010-10-06

your fingers look hert in the second picture with a cut

XeeeLoo (author)2010-03-28

 buenisimo, asi se hace! me gusto mucho =D

lieuwe (author)2009-10-03

you can make these plains fly further by reducing lift, currently it's in a permanent stall(goes down, makes speed, goes up, goes slower again, etc)

J@50n (author)2009-08-18

wait....why did they say it was flying backwards? in the movie i cant tell, is the small part in front or back?

Tool Using Animal (author)J@50n2009-08-18

in front, it is a canard.

J@50n (author)Tool Using Animal2009-08-18

o i c how they could have said that!

thing 2 (author)2009-06-09

nice instructable some time i will make this!

AznPanda (author)2009-04-11

This is a great instructable :D

Runnerdude (author)2007-09-29

very nice. How about attaching a motor and proppeler from a hobby store? by the way, why strip the foam core. why not use something else?

imthatguy1125 (author)Runnerdude2009-02-05

i agree

sgt.paper (author)2007-07-16

it looks like to me in the video its atatched to strings

rimar2000 (author)2006-12-07

Nice glider. I have one in

It is spanish, but you will be able to understand it

rimar2000 (author)climberslacker2007-05-22

Thanks, you are very kind.

mando_jtt (author)2007-03-25

Its NOT flying backwards, they are just THINKING backwards.

casvandegoor (author)2007-03-11

the movy looks really good!

dyermaker8 (author)2007-01-31

I fail to see how a bamboo skewer is an office supply. How about coffee stirrers and tape?


where I work, a bamboo skewer IS an office supply. ;-) I'd suggest a soda straw, just hazarding a guess that it would be lighter and stronger than coffee stirrers and tape.

xenobiologista (author)2007-01-23

Really cute. Just wondering, what gave you the idea to make it a canard? Are they more stable as gliders or something?


I did it to save weight, I didn't prove that it saves weight, but I think it does. If I did the rudder and elevator in the back, I'd have had to counter balance that mass out front, and I assumed the weight penalty was great.

AlexTheGreat (author)2006-12-07


mrmath (author)2006-12-07

Nothing to flame about. You did a good job on your instructable.

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