Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane Design

Introduction: Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane Design

How to create a Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane

I came home to discover that my 6 year-old daughter had made a paper airplane using the top of a heart-shaped box of chocolates. I thought to myself: "what a perfect design for the "Toss it Speed Contest"!

Here is her explaination:


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Step 1: You Will Need:

Collect the following:
Scissors
Heart-shaped box of valentine's candy
Clear tape
Sheet of Paper (for a handle)

Step 2: Cut Off Top:

Using the scissors, separate the heart-shaped top of the box from the lid of the candy box.

Step 3: Create a Handle

Fold a piece of paper several times and tape it on the bottom of the lid to act as a handle.

Step 4: Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane Design

Your Heart-Shaped Paper Airplane should look look like this:

Step 5: Time to Fly!

Fly your airplane!


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    16 Discussions

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    lil larry
    lil larry

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Do you know how to make a heart shaped copy paper airplane?

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    benmode48
    benmode48

    10 years ago on Step 5

    the first time it was really fast

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    bd5
    bd5

    11 years ago on Step 5

    Just an idea-- but, if you placed a bit of dihedral in the wing and played around with the balance of it--?? It might fly farther. Dunno for sure, never tried to make a box fly, but I love it! For balance/weight, you could get very light/small paper clips keep adding them until it glided evenly. Also curve the back of the heart slightly up.

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    ftking_83702
    ftking_83702

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 5

    Thank you so much for your comment. I shared you idea with my daughter. I think the use of paperclips would help immensely! -R

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    bd5
    bd5

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 5

    also, I reallly would try the slight bend "up" (just slightly, 3 degrees) on the back of the heart, I mean, wing... I'd keep adding paper clips till it was obviously too many, THEN back up... that way you find a nice range... She might be surprised!

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    ftking_83702
    ftking_83702

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Her name is Pscilla. (We have a friend who fills her food/water dishes when we are out of town, and had never seen her until this video. She refers tp Pscilla as the "invisible cat"). -R

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    GorillazMiko
    GorillazMiko

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea! I like it all, maybe if you just drop it with a slight push, it would glide for ~~miles~~ a good couple of yards from a high spot. Nice job.

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    ftking_83702
    ftking_83702

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. What impressed me was that this all came from my daughter. The paper box top had a natural "arrow" look to it. She thought it was obvious that it was an airplane. Her design glides far better than I anticipated...I will post a second flight video.

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    espboy
    espboy

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I want to see it fly. Could you please make a video?

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    ftking_83702
    ftking_83702

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I placed the flight video on "Step 5". My daughter and I may experiment with some alterations to see if can make it fly further.

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    redneckobsessed

    it needs to be a PAPER airplane for the contest, but otherwize very creative

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The only difference between "card" and "paper" is thickness - the raw materials and manufacturing processes are identical.

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    PKM
    PKM

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The chocolate box might be made of card.. if you want to be strict about the rules you could trace around the box top on a piece of folded paper.

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    12 years ago on Introduction

    That's really nice. You may find it flies better if you move the handle forwards and curve the sides of the wings up.