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How to Make a Paper Airplane
Learn the simple steps for high-flying fun with this tutorial on five basic paper airplane patterns.
Test your paper folding technique with these paper airplane examples. Whether you are looking for a quick diversion from the grind of adulthood or are teaching a youngster DIY skills, these planes are a great way to add a little levity to your day. The examples below are all beginner or intermediate level. The materials are cheap and only require paper, a pair of scissors, a ruler, and some double stick tape (optional) to complete.
Paper Airplane DIY
Create fun and simple paper airplanes
Photo by: Sam Henderson
For best results use a flat, thin-edged ruler. Make good creases along each edge. Adding double stick tape to the inside of the body keeps the wings from separating in flight.
The most basic version. A simple standard that everyone should know how to make.
- Fold the paper in half vertically.
- Unfold the paper and fold each of the top corners into the center line.
- Fold the top edges into the center line.
- Fold the plane in half toward you.
- Fold the wings down, matching the top edges up with the bottom edge of the body.
- Add double stick tape to the inside of the body. The finished plane should look like this.
This one is built for distance, plus it just looks cool.
- Fold the peak toward you and 3/4” from the bottom of the paper.
- Fold both top corners into the center line.
- Fold the remaining tip over the two flaps at the center line to lock them in place.
- Fold the plane in half away from you.
- Fold the wings down 1” from the bottom of the plane.
- Fold up the sides of each wing 1/2” tall.
- Cut two small slits at the back of each wing. Fold up the tabs.
Built correctly, this bee-like beauty stays in the air for a long time.
- Fold the paper in half horizontally.
- Fold the peak down to meet the edge of the previous fold.
- Fold the upper sides into the center line.
- Fold the top edge 1/2” away from you.
- Fold the plane in half towards you.
- Fold the wings down 1/2” from the bottom of the plane.
Count on speed and distance from this sleek plane.
- Unfold the paper and fold the top edge down 2”.
- Fold the top edge down again to meet the bottom of the previous fold.
- Fold the top edge down one more time to meet the bottom of the previous fold.
- Fold the top edges down and away from you to the center line on the back of the paper.
- Starting at the top of the thick nose of the plane, fold the wings down 1/2” in the front and slightly angled to 1 1/2” in the back. Fold up the edges of the wings 1/2”.
This plane is deceptively fast and stays aloft for quite a distance.
- Fold the top right corner over to the left side, making a fold from the top of the paper to the bottom right corner.
- Unfold the paper and repeat for the left corner.
- Unfold the paper again and fold the top right corner over to meet the crease made from the first fold.
- Fold the left corner over to meet the crease from the second fold.
- Fold the top right edge over to meet the edge of the fold from step 3. Repeat for the other side.
- Fold the top edge down and towards you to meet the point where the right and left layers cross.
- Fold the plane in half away from you. Staring at the nose, fold the wings down at a slight angle, 1/2” in the front to about 2” in the back.
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How to make paper airplanes, detailed fold and fly instructions for 50 awesome designs.
Over 50 flying paper airplane designs with written and video step-by-step folding instructions. All classes of paper airplanes are represented from darts to gliders to jets to schoolyard contest winners. There are models that look really cool, or fly super far or stay aloft for extend periods of time.
How to make paper airplanes.
Learn how to make paper airplanes with these easy instructions. Select the plane you want and get ready for takeoff. Be careful with the ones that are pointy, they can hurt! Most planes are best indoors, but some will surpise you outdoors.
In addition, paper planes resemble flight itself! As early as 500 BC, they found the first folding paper airplane that came from China. The popularity of these paper airplane flying toys is the same as the paper-folding craft of origami, which grew in Japan around the same time in China.
Paper airplanes are very helpful when you want to illustrate air traffic control guidelines. There was a time when people used the paper airplane to explain and discuss the fundamental parts of real aircraft. People of a certain age may recall buying those fancy "White Wings" in the store made from several sheets of squeezed chipboard paper, and these cutout versions are still paper airplanes too.
How to Make a Paper Airplane?
If you want to know how to fold a paper airplane with the best design, you can check out this page for easy step-by-step paper airplane instructions, and you will be amazed at the outcome of the paper airplane you made.
Gather the materials needed, like a piece of origami paper or any other type of paper, and be excited about the results. When we want to achieve something like this paper airplane, we rely on the instructions given, and with these proper instructions, you can let your paper folding plane fly with the best design. Get your craft paper, and start the folding process to make the paper plane, soar it high.
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The Best Paper Airplane
Introduction: The Best Paper Airplane
Playing with paper airplanes has always been an enjoyable activity for young and old. The paper airplane is said to have been invented by the Chinese in about 400 BC. It's been a great educational toy ever since then! Even the Wright Brothers used paper airplanes to build models of their first actual airplanes.
This paper airplane (pictured above) is simple to make and it performs better than any other paper plane I've made. No previous paper airplane experience is needed. This instructable will guide you through the steps of how to fold it, and then modify it so you can make your own great design!
Step 1: Materials Needed
What you will need to make this airplane:
-A 8.5 x 11 piece of paper (any paper will do, but I prefer to use printer paper, which hasn't been three-hole punched)
-Scotch Tape (optional)
-A willingness to keep trying if you don't succeed the first time.
Step 2: Fold in Half
Fold the paper in half lengthwise (some call this "hot dog style") and open it back up again. Ensure that the crease made by the fold is visible.
Step 3: Fold in Top Corners
Fold the top corners in to the middle crease you made during the previous step. Try to keep these two folds as even and symmetrical as possible. The edges that you folded in should be touching each other, which will make a triangle at the top of your paper.
Step 4: Fold the Top Point Down
Fold the point of the triangle down. I've found that the plane performs best if the shape made by this downward fold is another perfect triangle. Don't worry if your fold isn't perfect--it should still work just fine as long as the shape you made closely resembles a triangle.
Step 5: Fold in Top Corners So the Points Touch
This is similar to Step 3. However, instead of having the the edges completely touch in the middle, fold the top corners in such that only the corners meet at the middle crease. Your paper should look like the picture above, with a little triangle shape showing underneath the touching corners. Once your paper looks similar to the picture, tightly crease these two folds.
Step 6: Fold Up Little Triangle
Remember the little triangle shape mentioned in the previous step? Fold it up and tightly crease so it holds the corners down. You can also use a small piece of scotch tape to hold these folds down.
Step 7: Turn Over and Fold in Half
Turn your airplane over (first picture) and fold it in half along the middle line (second picture). You should be folding it up towards yourself so you end up with something that looks like the picture. During this process, make sure the two corners don't slip out of the little triangle fold that's holding them down.
Step 8: Check Your Work
At this point, your plane should appear similar to the pictures. Obviously, your plane will look slightly different, but the general shape should be the same. If yours looks significantly different, it may be best to start over with a new piece of paper. If you're happy with how it looks, great! Go to the next step.
Step 9: Fold Down the First Wing
Let's make the wings! Place your plane so the nose is facing left and fold most, grab one half, and fold it down straight across, as the picture indicates. This will make the first wing. You can make your wing as big as you choose. I've found that my plane performs best if I crease the wing 0.5-1 inch above the bottom of the plane.
Step 10: Fold Down the Second Wing
Turn your plane over and place it so the nose is facing to the right. Fold down the other wing so it exactly matches your first wing. It is important that these folds are as equal as possible; otherwise, your plane will not be balanced correctly.
Step 11: Unfold Wings and Check Your Work
Unfold the wings so they are perpendicular with the body of the plane. Again, make sure your plane looks somewhat like the pictures. At this point, you have a fully functional paper airplane! Nice work! You could end here if you wanted. If you find your plane spinning out of control, and would like to give it some more stability, go to the next step.
Step 12: Fold Up Wing Tips
I've found that my paper airplanes are much more stable if I complete this step. Fold the wings down again and place your plane with the nose facing right. Fold up the very tip of the wing about a half-inch. Turn the plane over and do the same thing to the other wing. Again, it is crucial to make sure these folds are equal to each other so your plane is balanced correctly.
Step 13: Finished!
Unfold the wings again to reveal your finished product. You did it! Now you know how to make the best paper airplane known to man!
If your plane loses balance while flying, try re-folding the wings and wing tips so they are exactly even with each other.
If you'd like to modify the design, try making the plane with different sized wings, or with bigger folded-up wing tips. Bigger wings are better for gliding, while smaller wings are good for accuracy. You can also put a paper clip on the nose for better accuracy. Make the design yours, have have fun!
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My kids LOVE paper air planes. No really. They waste so much of my printer paper folding and folding trying to make the best paper airplane EVER.
Over the years they have gone from the Klutz Paper Airplane book to studying how-tos on websites to combining their favorite folds to create their own paper airplane designs.
Today, I am bringing you step-by-step paper airplane instructions for The Duck . Don’t ask where the name came from, who knows how the mind of a 12 year old boy works!
This plane works really well! It is a glider that uses wind to help keep it in flight longer and it does a few stunts- like loops before sailing over the grass.
After the instructions, I’ve included some tips for flying this paper airplane, PLUS a video to see it in action!
How to Make the Best Paper Airplane for Distance
I’ve provided step by step instructions for how to make this paper airplane design.
Sometimes pictures are easier to understand than words for learning how to create things! Let’s get started!
Take a standard sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.
Fold in in half long ways, then unfold.
Fold the top edges in so that they line up with the center line. At this point, this should look very similar to the most basic paper airplane design.
Fold the top point down so that it touches the bottom edge of the paper.
Then fold the point back up, starting about 1.5 inches from the top edge. (Shown in picture 6)
Fold the side edges in as shown in picture number 7.
Fold the top back down along the top edge of the folds made in the previous step.
Flip the paper air plane over, and fold in half towards you.
Fold the the wing back as shown in image 11. The wing will be at a slight angle.
Flip over and fold the second wing in the same manner.
Crease well and you are done!
Tips for Flying this Paper Air Plane Glider:
- Throw the paper airplane with a medium weight- not too hard and not too soft
- Have the wings pointed slightly upwards
- Throw the airplane at a 45 degree angle
- The plane flies best standing on top of a hill, throwing down hill
- Fly the paper airplane with the wind direction
- This glider does best outside, where wind can offer some lift
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Paper Airplane Test Flight
Want to see this paper airplane glider in action?? Check out this video of a few of the test flights!
Isn’t it amazing?! Even my 2 year old could toss this one in the air and have it soar away! The kids made at least a half dozen of the same design to test and they all worked amazingly!
Try it out- let me know what you think!
*This paper airplane was created and designed by my 12 year old son, who wanted paper airplane that flies far. (Want to see more of his paper air plane designs? Check out his site Paper Airplane World !)
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You lose me at 10-11. No idea what you’re talking about.
Step 10. Fold the paper in half so the folds from 6 to 8 are showing. Step 11. Fold the wing down so it is even with the bottom of the plane.
Hope this helps!
Know the feeling I am the same lost at 10-11 no idea what this is, glad to see its not just me that is lost lol 🙁
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Holy cow, this plane is good =)
I made one of these for my 5yr old daughter. I told her and my 11yr old boy to take it outside and play with it…they have been out there for more than an hour 😁
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How to Make Paper Airplanes That Go Far
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Have you ever made a paper airplane.
Did you learn how to make it from a book? Or maybe it was from the kid you shared a desk with in the third grade?
We tested a few designs, and one of them really stood out as a winner (I’ll share it below). You’ll have to test some, too, and see which one flies the furthest.
How to Make Paper Airplanes that go Far
Well guess what? Today I’m sharing links to instructions for making paper airplanes that go far and actually work, along with some ideas on how to help kids invent their own paper airplane designs.
So let’s get started with How to Make Paper Airplanes while building Design Skills…
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- A few sets of instructions for making paper airplanes. You can get these from a book or download instructions from the internet (see recommended links below)
- Copy paper. Thinner paper is easier for children to fold.
- Markers (optional)
- Scissors (optional)
- A clear table
The Best Paper Airplane Designs
- Our favorite was The Eagle
- We also tried High Glider
- Try a few and have a fly-off to compare them.
Step One: Select a Design
We looked through all of our designs, picked one to start with, and my daughter and I sat down and followed the directions for the first airplane. If you’ve ever made origami, it’s the same approach. Most of the steps were easy enough for her four-year old hands and mind, but I had to help her with a few of the trickier folds.
If you find instructions that are too complicated for you, then skip them and find another plane to make.
Step Two: Teach someone else how to make a plane
Once we got the hang of it, N thought our six-year old neighbor would enjoy this project and we invited him over to join us. Either that or misery loves company.
We each started with another sheet of paper and while we folded, the kids educated each other on hamburger and hot dog folds. If you don’t have a neighbor to teach, teach a parent, babysitter, or grandparent. This step does wonders for building confidence.
Step Three: Iterate and Invent New Planes
Once that first airplane was complete, it was interesting to see where the kids took the project next. My daughter, a designer to the core, got busy decorating her plane with markers. Her friend, a tinkerer at heart who has a soft spot for Legos, began iterating on the design to improve it!
As we folded, he asked me questions like, “On your Eagle, how did you make the wing tips?” And then he proceeded to invent his own series of planes with pointed noses, flat noses, and wing tips.
When my daughter jumped in to help him, I commented that they were iterating . I actually said, “Hey you guys are iterating! Do you know that word? It means that you’re building a lot of planes to test new ideas and in order to figure out how to make it better. Can you say ‘iterate?'” And then of course, they obliged me.
I swear, the teacher thing will probably never leave my soul! Do you ever find yourself in that mode?
Step Four: Take it outdoors
They tested their planes in the house and once they amassed a small fleet of planes, I heard, “Let’s have an airplane show!!” So we took it outdoors to see what the planes could do.
Our friend guessed that the pointy-nosed planes would get more distance and said he was “amazed that the flat-nosed Eagle flew the best.”
All in all, we spent a good hour on this project, and in the end not only did these kids have fun bonding and playing together, but they came away with some new design skills, tools for developing an innovator’s mindset, and good ol’ fine motor skill practice.
A question for you…
Did you ever make paper airplanes as a child? Where did you learn how to make them? And how did they fly?
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unfortunately I remember using them in middle of class with a substitute but paper airplanes always remind me of Curious George…remember?
Faigie, Yikes, your story reminds me of spit balls and passed notes. Why are kids so terrible to poor substitute teachers? I was never a big Curious George follower — I’ll have to look for it! R
Classic! I’m so glad my husband likes doing this with our kids, because for some reason it makes me crazy to try to make these… every kid should know how to make these.
Ha! That’s funny, Jeanette. It never really occurred to me that people would detest making paper airplanes. It’s just a few paper folds, for goodness sake 🙂 But they can be frustrating, so I get it. Hooray for plane-making spouses.
Some of the best paper airplanes we ever made were paper straws with two paper strips made into circles, one at each end. I got the idea here:
These babies fly better than anything I have ever folded and my son loves them!
My kids love to make paper airplanes, so I can perform other tasks.
My kids have developed an interesting in making their own paper airplanes. Love all the parts of the brain that get used in the process. Pinned and stumbled!
Thanks, Vicky. Aren’t paper airplanes fantastic? All you need is a sheet of paper (or a small stack) and off you go!
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Happiness is that you can make a solid and easy to fold paper airplane which can fly for a longer distance with precision. Building a paper airplanes best is not so tough, you are just one sheet of paper away. We will guide you through this entire process of DIY with step by step tutorial. This paper airplane is easy to make, even a children can do this. This can easily go a long distance and fun to make, you can fly the outdoors and indoors just like that. Please don’t forget to check out our latest paper airplane directory update from Liftndrift. It has wide range of paper planes for everyone to learn their science and experiment with aircrafts. Let’s make a good paper airplane to have some fun!
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- A4 Sheet of Paper or a Foolscap Paper with 70-90 GSM
- Ruler or Flat thick object to flatten the folded edges to make a strong crease.
- Keep the A4 sheet of paper in Portrait orientation and fold them from Left to Right equally as shown in Fig.1
- UNFOLD them once done.
- Now bring the Top Left-hand edge and Top Right-hand edge to the center crease
- Make sure you don’t cross the center line
- Fold the Nose down to the center line from the yellow dot to dot
- Refer fig.3
- Flip the paper airplane to the other side of your plane.
- Fold the left and right side edge of the paper to the center line and UNFOLD it
- Check the fig.5 and fig.6
- Now begin the fold from the lower part of the previous fold & fold it equally- Check the fig.6
- Now, roll it over inside – Check fig.7 and fig.8
- Now, flip your paper over to the other side
- Now, have a look at this top thicker nose section
- Fold the triangle section up to half as shown in fig.9
- Pull both of the inner fins outwards diagonally and fold
- UNFOLD – step 9 and step 10 once done
- Refer fig.10 , fig.11
- Now, pull out both backside sections and unfold the nose too
- Now fold the fins from step 10 inwards like a envelope
- Now fold the nose as shown in fig.13
- Fold the right and left unfolded sections to the backside – refer fig.14
- Fold the upper triangle inside like a envelope – you can compare fig.15 and fig.16
- The quest of how to make a good paper airplane never skips a step like this.
- Mountain fold the paper airplane equally to half
- Fold the wings on both side here – The diagonal right side should match with straight left side
- Remember to fold it properly and check for their symmetry.
- Clearly observe the step 18 – on both top-left and lower-left sections
- Fold the upper and lower sections and UNFOLD once done
- Push both top and lower sections inwards – you can compare fig.19 and fig.20
- You have successfully made it. Now your paper plane will be looking like this – see fig.20
- Fold the nose down on both sides – compare fig.21 and fig.22
- Fold the wings on both sides with the dotted lines as the center
- This is great! You have successfully made a good paper airplane!
- All you need now is to find a open space to fly it with cool attitude.
- You can share this to your friends/family or your school gang!
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Best paper airplanes flying technique:
- Hold the Plane behind the center of the plane’s gravity center
- Keep your left foot slightly forward and launch it in 30 – 40 degrees angle, throw it steadily with a medium force. If it fails, tweak the tail wing slightly up and try again.
- Try different angles and forces now! Wow, That’s how one learns properly with more trying and flying. Kudos!
- For More Techniques – Go to Flight Science – Science behind paper airplanes > Flying Techniques. You will find far more than any other tricks available on the internet for How to fold a Paper airplane !
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Making paper airplanes is a fun activity, but you need to fold them just right to make them fly. With a little practice, you can master your technique so that your planes stay airborne. It’s easy to make a paper airplane from any letter size sheet of paper. After you master the basic model, try making a bulldog dart or a kite plane.
Folding a Simple Plane
- You can even use shipping paper.
- Or use recycled toilet paper.
- Use your thumb or a flat-edged tool, like a butter knife or a wooden tongue depressor, to create a sharp crease. This will help your plane fly once it’s finished.
- The bottom edge of the flap should be a straight line.
- The paper should look like a dart. Most of the paper now will be in the shape of a triangle, with a point at the top.
- You should have a finished dart plane. Test it out to see if it flies!
Variation: To make a slightly more advanced version of this basic paper airplane, just add wing tips. On the back edge of one of the wings, make a small fold. The fold will be in the shape of a small triangle. Bend it upwards so you have a wing tip that points towards the sky. Repeat on the other wing, making sure the creases of the tips match.
Crafting a Simple Bulldog Dart
- When making creases, make sure they are sharp and crisp. Use your thumb or a straight-edged tool, like a wooden depressor or a butterknife.
- The flaps should make two triangles, and the tip should be in a point.
- At this stage, you will have three layers of triangular folds. The bottom corners of the top triangular layer should meet at the center crease. The edges of the paper should be mostly in the shape of a triangle, with the bottom edge still flat.
- At this point, your plane should have a flat tip where the point used to be.
- This plane flies better at a slower speed. The nose will cause it to fall if you throw it too fast.
Making a Simple Kite Plane
- When you’re finished, the paper will be half its original size.
- Make sure the folds are lined up exactly on top of one another and tightly folded.
- The creases should be sharp and crisp. To achieve a sharp crease, use your thumb or a blunt-edged tool, like a wooden depressor or a butterknife.
- You should now be able to see the folds.
- The folds should be on the bottom of the plane.
- The kite plane is capable of great distance and accuracy.
- Use a crisp, new piece of paper. Thanks Helpful 18 Not Helpful 3
- Point the nose of the plane slightly up when you throw it. Thanks Helpful 12 Not Helpful 3
- Throw it gently. Thanks Helpful 9 Not Helpful 2
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To make a simple dart-shaped paper airplane, first fold a letter sized sheet of paper in half vertically. Unfold the paper and fold the top corners inward so that the edges meet at the crease in the middle. Grab the outer corners of the new folds and fold those in so that their edges also meet in the middle. Next, fold the entire piece of paper in half again along the original vertical crease. Turn the paper so that the bottom of the crease faces you. Fold down the top edge of the paper so that it's parallel with the crease, which is now the bottom edge of the plane. Flip the plane over and do the same thing on the other side. Open the flaps out to make wings. Enjoy your paper plane! If you want to learn how to fold a bulldog dart or kite style paper airplane, keep reading the article! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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