Introduction: How to Make a Paper Airplane

About: I am a person living on Earth. I am a great musician, though I also enjoy crafts on the side. Don't know what the writing in my pfp says.

Hi guys and gals! This is an Instructable about making a paper airplane, which is very steam related, becuase you can modify a paper airplane on many ways to do may things, including speed, spin, and direction.. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a basic airplane, which can be modded a lot in many ways.


-Paper (Printer paper or A4 is preferred)

Optional materials:

-Paper clip

Step 1: Step 1: Get the Paper

This is the paper. It can be any color, and any material of paper. Just put this step in to make sure you have your paper.

Step 2: Step 2: Fold the Paper in Half

In this step, fold the paper in half along the longer side. This half mark is a benchmark that will help guide your folds.

Step 3: Step 3: Fold the Top Corners

In this step, unfold the paper you folded in half. Put the paper in a portrait position, and then take the top corners and fold them to the center line(which was created in the previous step). It doesn't have to be perfect, just make sure there is a sort of point at the top, and the two folded triangles make a sort of big triangle.

Step 4: Step 4: Take the Top Point and Fold Down

After folding the two triangles, crease them really well, and then fold down, to create a sort of big triangle. You should have what looks like a smaller piece of paper that looks almost like a square.

Step 5: Step 5: Take the Top Corners and Fold Them In

Now take the top corners and fold them down, so the corners, and only the corners touch the center line. The corners should be right next to each other on the half line.

Step 6: Step 6: Make a Lock Fold

This fold is what I call a lock fold. You hold down the top corners that are on the half line, and fold the point from the triangle in step 4 up, and when unfolded, it should look like this image.

Step 7: Step 7: Check the Lock Fold

This fold holds most of the airplane together. Fold both the flaps in, if it is not already, and fold the lock fold on top. Hold all this down while navigating to the next step.

Step 8: Step 8: Fold Along the Half Line

Now you fold along the half line, and when you flip it over to one side, this is what the airplane should look like. The lock fold is the tiny triangle on the bottom. None of you flaps should be sticking out, so if it does, adjust your folds.

Step 9: Step 9: Make the Wings

This plane has to fly! So you fold the wings on each side, and the creases on the top of each airplane should be aligned.

Step 10: Step 10: Voila!

Now you have your paper airplane! You can add a paper clip to the front of the plane, fold flaps on the wings like shown in the intro, or use use different materials and colors. Don't throw these at people, and don't be scared to try to modify your airplane. Try to find a long hall or a big room to try you airplanes in.

Back to Basics Contest

Participated in the
Back to Basics Contest