How to Make a Decent Paper Airplane




Introduction: How to Make a Decent Paper Airplane

This is a tutorial on how to make a paper airplane that glides very far. All you need is a piece of paper and your hands!

Step 1: Get a Piece of Paper

Get a standard size piece of paper (usually 8.5" x 11")

Step 2: Fold the Paper in Half

Fold the paper in half like a hot dog bun and make sure you line up the corners before you crease it.

Unfold it when you are finished.

Step 3: Fold the Top Corners Down

Fold the top left and right corners to the center of the paper where you folded it in step 2.

Crease your paper once you line it up properly.

The top of the paper will have a triangle shape now.

Step 4: Fold the Triangle Down

Fold the triangle shape above the red line below the red line.

Crease your fold at the top of the paper.

Now the triangle is upside down.

Step 5: Fold Top Corners to Center

Fold the new top corners in toward the center fold where the blue dot is, about an inch above the tip of the triangle.

Crease your folds.

Step 6: Seal the Last Fold With the Tip of the Triangle

Fold the tip of the triangle upward to cover the last two folds and to hold them in place.

Crease your fold.

Step 7: Fold the Airplane in Half at the Center Fold

Fold the paper in the center leaving the folds you made in the previous steps exposed.

Step 8: Fold the Wings Down

Fold the paper to match the blue line with the green line. Ensure both corners where the red dot's are located are lined up as well.

Crease your fold.

Repeat for the other side of the paper.

Step 9: Fold the Wings Out

Lift the wings so they stand perpendicular with the body of the plane.

Now you can throw it by the middle portion and the wings will allow it to glide.

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3 Discussions


3 years ago

This is a great classic design, one that flies very well. Good instructions! :)