Introduction: How to Make 10 Awesome Paper Airplanes!

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Bored of making the same paper airplanes again and again? Want more performance in your airplanes? Want to show off some stylish paper airplanes?

Well, guess what? You have come to the right place!

Here, I will show you how to make 10 paper airplanes, each with a unique design! These paper airplanes are better than the traditional paper airplanes. Some of them are easy, while some of them are hard. Their difficulty level will be mentioned with each step under a rating system. 1 means easiest while going onwards, the difficulty will increase. The highest difficulty would be a 10.

There are special names given to each paper airplane based on their design or special features integrated in them. Here are the names:

  1. Straight & Narrow
  2. Happy Flapper
  3. The Albert Ross
  4. Wisk Wing
  5. Delta Wing
  6. Sky Barge
  7. Classroom Cruiser
  8. Wind Hawk
  9. Level-Track Delta
  10. Sleek Streak

So, what are you waiting for? Go on and read the entire instructable, and then decide for yourself, which paper airplane would you like to build!

Step 1: Materials Required

Simple as that, you only require paper! The best paper to work with if you want good performance would be photocopy paper, but I have used glossy paper with certain designs to make them look cool.

Using light paper increases flight range, but decreases durability. Using heavy paper increases durability, but decreases flight range. Therefore, I would recommend either photocopy paper or glossy paper.

Step 2: Straight & Narrow

Difficulty: 2

Indoors or outdoors, this simple design is one of the best and most reliable flyers. It always flies so far away! I would recommend this design because of it's simplicity.

Step 3: Happy Flapper

Difficulty: 5

If it's in a happy mood, this plane will flap it's wings as it flies. Of course, it doesn't have feelings, but if you throw it with just the right power, it tends to flap it's wings. For even better flapping action, use thin paper.

Step 4: The Albert Ross

Difficulty: 3

The very wide wings help this plane to fly well, both indoors and outdoors. Throw it with moderate force to take out the best range from it. I would recommend it because it's design isn't that complicated, and it has a cool look to it.

Step 5: Wisk Wing

Difficulty: 4

The Wisk Wing is graceful in its flight, indoors or outdoors. Throw it gently for maximum range. I recommend this plane because it is one of a kind.

Step 6: Delta Wing

Difficulty: 4

This handsome looking plane is a simple triangular shape but nevertheless, a superb flyer. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully. Throw it with moderate force.

Step 7: Sky Barge

Difficulty: 6

With a clean and efficient design, the Sky Barge provides a smooth, pleasing flight. Try throwing with different forces for different outcomes.

Step 8: Classroom Cruiser

Difficulty: 2

This plane has absolutely perfect balance and will fly a great distance. Try launching at different angles (in class! :P).

Step 9: Wind Hawk

Difficulty: 8

The Wind Hawk flies well indoors and outdoors, especially in a light breeze. Try launching this plane into the wind - it should hover in the breeze.

Step 10: Level-Track Delta

Difficulty: 10

This is the toughest plane yet! This plane is named so because, when properly adjusted, it will fly straight and level to the ground.

Step 11: Sleek Streak

Difficulty: 1

Whew! The easiest plane in the entire set! What a looker! A steady launch will get it to fly a long way. Hold it and throw it conventionally.

Step 12: Folding and Flying Tips


Do all your folding on a hard, flat surface such as a tabletop, and make sharp creases. Using the back of your fingernail will help make the creases extra sharp.

Fold neatly and accurately, making sure that edges or corners meet exactly.


Make sure that the leading (front) edges are creased well and that the wings are raised evenly.

Generally, it is best to hold the plane at its point of balance, where it doesn't tip one way or the other when held loosely between your fingers

Some planes fly better with a soft throw, while others need a harder throw and still others can be thrown either way. Some planes may do well in a breeze outdoors.

General Tips:

Sometimes adjustments can help a plane fly properly. First, make sure all the edges and surfaces are as symmetrical as possible.

If a plane flies down into the ground, or nose-dives, try curving the rear edges or corners slightly upward.

If the plane rises, stalls, and drops, try curving the rear edges or corners slightly downwards.

Raising or lowering the wings evenly on both sides can also affect flight.

If, no matter what you do, a plane won't fly well, try refolding it with a new sheet of paper.

Step 13: You're All Done!

Congratulations! You have just finished making 10 different, out of the box, paper airplanes. Have fun flying them! Please refer to the flying and folding tips on the previous step to make your planes better!

Please share your photos of your paper airplanes below in the comments section!

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