Introduction: The Tin Foil Paper Airplane. Any Design You Want.

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This was originially for the Toss It! Speed challenge, which has ended. So this effects the contest in no way.

Recently in 2008, scientists I (GorillazMiko) have discovered that it is possible to use tin foil (aluminum) to make paper airplanes, and it is very easy. Many other people may have known this, but it has not been posted onto Instructables, so yeah, there we have it. There was also a method discovered on how to flatten it out, which I found out with my friend. People may use this method, but I'm not sure. It's not on Instructables, is it? The paper airplanes you design with the aluminum foil could be either very light (a couple of grams), or either kind of heavy, depends on the way you make it.

This Instructable shows you how to flatten out a piece of tin foil paper, cutting it, folding, and making it easy to make your own paper airplane.

So are you ready to fold some planes?
You bet I am.
Let's get to work soldiers.

Please ignore the pictures with the Toss It! Paper. Well, don't ignore it. You need it. It's just that the contest is over, and this was made during that time. Sorry.

Step 1: Items.

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The items are extremely easy to get.

  • A normal US letter size piece of paper. A4 would work.
  • Some aluminum paper tin foil paper whatever. Make sure it is BIGGER than the normal paper, unless you have a perfect cutter or something.
  • Book, or flat surface. Not too strong. A hardcover book (not too thick) works great.
  • X-Acto knife. (Optional)

Step 2: Comparing, Folding, Tearing.

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Now you will compare your paper to the aluminum foil.

It should be a bit smaller then the aluminum, or a lot smaller, depends on the size you got.

Once you do that, fold the longest side first so it reaches up to the paper.
Tear that off, and then do that to the short side of your paper. Tear that part off too.
Then, compare once more. It should be perfectly the same size, or at least close to perfect.

If you have those big cutters with the big blade on the handle thing (which I don't have. My dad has a couple at work I think...), that would work fine.

  • This is the step you can use the X-Acto knife if you want.

Step 3: Flattening Time.

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Here is the part where I show you how to flatten the foil out.

Easy easy easy. Put the foil onto a flat surface, probably a table... :P
Not a toilet seat.

Put the book on one edge (not TOO close to the edge), and start sliding it across over and over again.
Flip. Repeat.
Flip. Repeat.
Do it until it's really good. The sides might tend to curl up, but it's okay, flip it over and repeat the process.

Here's a video of it:

Step 4: Making the Plane.

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Here is when you just make your own plane.
The rest of the steps will just show you how to make a classic plane, but you can probably make any design you want.

You have to be VERY careful to not rip the foil when folding. Crease hard, but not too hard, soft but hard at the same time to keep it good.
If you have anymore questions, please ask in a private message or a comment.

Step 5: Fold, Crease, Unfold.

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Hot-dog fold the foil in half.

Be extra careful, and don't forget to constantly (well, every now and then) flatten it out to keep the foil in good condition.

Step 6: Arrow Folds.

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Here is the first two arrow folds you will be doing.

Fold both edges to the middle so they are both perfectly (at least very close) aligned. Once you do that. crease the folds so they can stay in place.

Don't forget to flatten it out every now and then!

Step 7: More Arrow Folds.

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Here's the last two arrow folds.

Fold the edges of the arrows you just folded up to the center, both sides, so those are perfectly aligned. Always remember to look at the pictures for more help!

As you can see, the paper is very crinkly in some images. That's why you always have to flatten it out to keep it nice!

After these two folds, flip it over. Then move onto the next step.

Step 8: Finishing Up.

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Now, fold both sides together, so they are even.
Then, you will have to fold both wings down to make them parallel.
Fold them down so they are aligned neatly with the bottom part of the plane.
Then, you're done!

Just remember to always flatten it out constantly, and don't rip the foil or fold/ crease too hard.

Any design would work, I have 2 in the end of this step that work GREAT.
The classic, and another classic.
Post your results in comments, I would love to see them!

Have fun flying your planes!

Thanks for checking out my Instructable!


pizzaonmychest54 (author)2017-08-15

wow,. i love this so muhc. tears were brought to my eyes.s,

also gorillaz is my favgorite singer i love hsi song can you feel it (i think super junior covered it)

Booce bungalow (author)2014-12-27

,, lol,,

Screamo (author)2010-09-26

Oooh I never thought of using tin foil, >:D i light paper airplanes on fire and through them out the window

Derin (author)2009-11-02

Try some duraluminum foil :D
For those that do not know, duraluminum is an alloy used in making aircraft.

bassclarinet23 (author)Derin2009-11-09 might be a little more expensive, though.

Derin (author)bassclarinet232009-11-10

a duraluminum rc!

jibatsu (author)2009-07-21

woo it works 2~ space 2 , space words space 2 , space 2 ~

jibatsu (author)2009-07-21

testing small and crossed out

CameronC (author)2009-06-22

But id its made of tin foil, hows it a PAPER airplane

Chromatica (author)2009-06-16


IgnorantZebra (author)2009-05-24

great instructable 5*

joejoerowley (author)2008-03-22

A few questions that are unrealted, how do you do the cross through text and smaller text size? Any other text combos I should be aware of? Thanks

~ <--- Put two of those, space, whatever you want crossed out, space, then two more of those, and it strikes though.
Example: Eggs.

, <-- Comma. Pretty obvious. Put two of those, space, words, space, two more, and then it's small, but down.
<-- Caret. Or Carat. Forgot. Anyways, put 3 of those, space, words, space, three more, and that's small words, but up.

Example: Down. Up.

sjs229 (author)GorillazMiko2009-03-26

what do u mean by those?

codongolev (author)GorillazMiko2008-06-30

hey, I noticed you were also on rocketdock.

freakmonkey (author)GorillazMiko2008-05-17

too bad u can't just use html tags blah etc.

dosent work

~ <--- ~ <--- lol

~~ shut up ~~ i mean ~~ be quite ~~

~~ AWSOME ~~ im gunna talk like this forever!


Cool, I never knew how to do that!

Thanks so much Man!!

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)2009-01-28

yay! i can talk small now!

Wasagi (author)2008-09-21


GorillazMiko (author)Wasagi2008-09-21

You don't have to type it like how you did. You can just put two "," then ALL YOUR WORDS then 2 "," again.

Wasagi (author)GorillazMiko2008-09-21

Oh, my bad.

mg0930mg (author)2008-09-08

Wow. This is exactly how we make ours for school. It's fun, and they fly pretty well. P.s. If you keep the paper in then fold over with the tin foil. It is heavier, it may fly better, depending on the way you throw.

thim (author)2008-08-24

~~ haha ~~

thim (author)2008-08-24


Gjdj3 (author)2008-03-21

Scientists... I (GorillazMiko). Haha. I loved that line.

codongolev (author)Gjdj32008-06-30

you mean ~~ scientists ~~ I (GorillazMiko).

Gjdj3 (author)Gjdj32008-03-21

Oh, and i just noticed the Red Book. A little outdated maybe. Haha. I just got the '05 one from my brother so i'm a bit outdated also.

codongolev (author)2008-06-30

I've made an airplane from a piece of metal from an energy drink.

joey2542667 (author)2008-05-17


fret315 (author)2008-04-01

thats ok i guess

gumwrapper (author)2008-03-30

I like it - it's shiny and looks quite aerodynamic!

Hey will you join my air plane group and put your paper air plane instructables in it.

joejoerowley (author)2008-03-22


iPodGuy (author)2008-03-17

Says the contest is over on the 20th.

budsiskos (author)iPodGuy2008-03-18

the contest ended on the 16th. voting ends on the 20th

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-18

Beautiful instructable. well done miko! (i mite actually try making this aswell)

Brennn10 (author)2008-03-17

Awesome use of resources. It is really intuitive! Nice work dude!

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