Good 'n Simple Paper Airplane: No Cutting, Gluing, or Taping Nuthin'

Introduction: Good 'n Simple Paper Airplane: No Cutting, Gluing, or Taping Nuthin'

First of all, this Instructable is to be entered in the Weekly Challenge: Make it Fly!

Second of all, I only have my Iphone 3G, so forgive the poor picture quality.

Okay! Now we've gotten all the boring, diplomatic, considerate stuff out of the way, it's time for the instructable!

You'll be making "that great paper airplane." This is because, well, my friends and I didn't really have any other name for it. It works, and it work well. And of course, style points!

You'll need a piece of ordinary computer paper (8 1/2 x 11), your fingers, and a functioning brain. Supplementary tools can be used as well, such as:

A ruler (to go over creases and make sure you get a very solid crease).

Okay, shoot me, there aren't many supplementary tools for paper airplanes. That's what's so great about them! You can do it anywhere, and fly it (almost) everywhere!

For the sake of simplicity, I emitted all cuts, glue, and tape from this Instructable mainly because I didn't want people to give up on it when they think it's too much of a bother to go get a pair of scissors or a piece of tape. Hooray for simplicity!

Finally, if you REALLY need to call it something, call it the Eagle. They're beautiful birds, and you can't help but feel a little swell of pride when you finish this plane and launch it off the roof. Or at least off a tall rock. Or maybe the ground. Heck, anything will do, just if you have fun doing it all the while!

Step 1: Fold It in Half.

Fold the piece of paper in half, the long way. Make sure to get a good, solid crease, then unfold.

Step 2: Fold in Half, Hamburger Style!

Now fold it in half the other way, so you end up with the top as a crease and the bottom as a "valley." (If you know origami, this was a mountain fold.)

Step 3: Take the Two Sides and Bring Them to the Center Line.

Remember that long crease in step 1? Bring each side of the paper to the center and line it up with that crease, so it looks something like this:

Step 4: Now Make a Triangular Squash-fold.

Yes, this technique is known as a squash-fold, mainly because you "squash" the paper at the end of it. Take one of the folds that you creased in the last step, then open it up. Repeat on the other side.

Step 5: Hey, Look! Calvin Made a Plane of His Own!

Okay, he didn't, but it was pretty funny seeing a dog trot up to you with a half-finished paper airplane in his mouth.

Some dogs fetch bones. Then there's Snoopy, who fetches the Red Baron. Then there's Calvin.

Step 6: Fold One of the Flaps Halfway to Meet the Center Line of the Triangle.

On with the Instructable! This step is pretty simple. You'll need to do it on both of the INSIDE flaps. Don't do the outside ones!

Step 7: Do It All Over Again.

Take the flap you just folded and fold it over again. Make sure to do only the inside flap on both sides!

Step 8: Alignment Crease

Take the top flap and fold it down so it appears as an upside-down trapezoid. Then unfold.

Step 9: Fold on the Line You Just Made, But Lift the Whole Top Flap Up.

Fold the top flap up on the crease you just made. This will result in two triangular pieces of paper that refuse to stay down. Don't worry, we'll cover those in the next step.

Step 10: Now Let's Deal With Those Flaps...

Flatten the flaps so they face the wider flap. Then take the edge and fold it in at an angle so that it ends up like a triangle with a line through it.

Step 11: Now the Front.

Take the two side flaps and fold them over one more time. Then do a more traditional nose-shaping technique. Take the corner of each side and bring it into the center. Make a really good crease, then unfold.

Step 12: Shaping the Nose.

Fold over the small crease on the strip that you made, then flatten the rest. You should have just taken two chunks out of the sides of the triangles.

Step 13: Remember That Crease From Step 1?

Well, it's time to use it. Fold that sucker in half!

Step 14: Make the Wings.

Fold so that the strip of folded-over paper shows. It's okay to add a bit more for a "cushion," but unnecessary.

Step 15: Repeat on the Other Side.

Fold the other wing, making sure they line up. If they don't, the plane will veer off sharply to the left or right, depending on which wing you overfolded.

Step 16: Unfold the Wings, and You're Ready for Flight!

Congratulations! You've successfully made "that plane," the Eagle. Have fun!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great !…
    I'm not sure that it flies properly (then again, the last paper plane I made must be 5O yrs old, if it still exists … which I strongly doubt) but I find this a great origami exercise.
    And beautiful too !…


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Does it meet all the requirements? I didn't really explain how to fly the plane, but I know it can get at least 20fps and I've flown it over my house, so I think that covers the 50ft range requirement! Could you please suggest anything else I could improve on/critical elements I'm missing?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Using the reply button for starters. :P

    Judging by shape only (I have not made this airplane yet), it seems like it'd work fine now. However, adding tape is something I always do, perhaps you'll want to try. A paper clip may increase speed too--albeit decreasing range.