How to Make a Paper Airplane
Paper airplanes are quick and easy to make, and even more fun to fly. This wikiHow will show you several different ways of making a paper airplane.
Short Video: How to Make a Paper Airplane
To make a simple paper airplane, fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise, then unfold it and fold the top 2 corners to the center. Next, fold the angled edges that you just created in towards the center. Fold along your original centerline, then turn your plane over and fold down the top 2 flaps to create wings. Hold it by the bottom edge and let it fly!
Creating a Classic Paper Airplane
Get a sheet of paper.Standard letter size paper is all you need.
Fold it in half, lengthwise.This means folding the two long sides together.
Fold the top corners in to the center.Make the fold nice and crisp, using your nail.
Fold the angled edge into the center.Take the new angled sides and fold them both in to meet at the center fold.
Fold along the center line.This fold should hide all of the other folds inside.
Fold down the wings.Fold down the two top flaps to make the wings. These folds will also need to be crisp, so use a hard edge to make the fold (like your nail).
Constructing an Advanced Airplane
Make the main center fold.Fold a standard piece of printer paper (typically 8.5x11") in half the long way and crease. This should bring the two longer side together so that the edges touch.
Fold the top corners to meet at the center.Open up the paper again and then fold the top two outer corners inwards so that they meet along the middle crease.
Fold down the point.Fold the point made in the previous step down to the crease so that the flaps are tucked under this fold. Make sure that this fold is very crisp. Now the paper should look somewhat like the back of an envelope.
Fold the new corners.Fold the two top corners created in the previous step down to the center crease so that the points are about 2/3 of the way down the center crease of the flap.
Fold up the point.Fold up the point that has been covered in the previous step so that it secures the flaps against the crease.
Fold the paper in half along the original center fold.All the folds made in the previous steps should be facing outwards. The small triangular fold is now along what will later be the bottom of the plane.
Create the wings.Fold both side flaps down to the bottom (that main center fold line) so that the long edge of the wings are perfectly aligned with the bottom of the airplane.
Angle the wings.Unfold the wings slightly so that they are perpendicular to the body of the airplane and form a flat surface next to each other.
Test fly your airplane.Start with a gentle toss to see how your plane glides through the air. Experiment with more aggressive throws to see how high and far your plane will travel.
Fashioning Other Airplanes
QuestionWill this paper airplane fly very far?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt can fly far if thrown correctly. The best way to throw is to grab the bottom of it between the back and middle. Keep your arm completely level or slightly tilted up while stepping forwards and swinging it ahead. Then let go. It takes some practice to master, but the better you get, the faster and further your paper airplane will go.Thanks!
QuestionCan we use blank white printer paper?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes- you can use blank white printer paper and you will get the same result.Thanks!
QuestionHow far does the classic airplane fly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe 'classic' airplane can fly up to about 12 feet, depending on how well it is made, the type of paper, if there is wind, and how well it is thrown.Thanks!
QuestionDid anyone make it right on their first try?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you just need to make sure you follow the instructions/guide very carefully.Thanks!
QuestionWill it be easy for me to make a paper airplane the first time I try?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, if you follow the instructions, making a paper airplane is easy, even the first time. If it doesn't fly as well as you would like, keep trying. Remember, practice makes perfect!Thanks!
QuestionDo I always have to use an 8.5" x 11" paper?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, you can use any size you want. As long as it is a rectangle, it will work just the same.Thanks!
QuestionCan you use cardboard if you'd like a more sturdy plane or would it be too heavy and hard?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use cardboard, but it would be harder and it wouldn't fly as far because it is too heavy.Thanks!
QuestionIs there an easier way?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFold the corners of the paper, then fold the paper in half backward vertically. Open the wings, and there you go.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a sticky note?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but it may be slightly more difficult because it's sticky.Thanks!
QuestionHow hard should I throw the paper airplane?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe throw does not matter. The flight depends on how the plane was made.Thanks!
No, it would not fly
How do I throw the paper airplane after I make it?
- Try to throw the airplane at different angles, speeds, and heights.
- Use a ruler, fingernail, or card to make the creases extra crisp.
- Try many different airplane designs and find the one that works best for you.
- Fly it on a hot day from a high place. Your plane will catch thermals and cover a longer distance.
- Make your plane thinner to make it faster.
- Newspaper airplanes are lighter and more aerodynamic.
- Try not to throw it when someone or something is in front of you; the tip is sharp, so it can hurt. You can also cut off the tip of it.
- If your airplane does not fly well, experiment with taping the wings together. You could also try a very small amount of glue.
- This particular airplane works best when thrown gently. Don't heave it as hard as you can.
- Try folding the flaps at different angles. Some folds will make your plane do stunts.
- Make the airplane fly up or down by pinching the ends of the wings. Pinch up to make the airplane fly down. Pinch down to make a paper the airplane fly up.
- If you would like your airplane to be precise and neat, you could use a protractor for the angles when folding. This isn't necessary, however, and you should try this after some practice because it may frustrate you on your first time. It is quite difficult getting a perfect 90-degree fold on Step 2, for example.
- Twist the nose slightly to make the plane turn in a loop.
- Try to fold perfectly to have a symmetrical look.
- For the airplane to reach farther distance, use a longer sheet of paper.
- Try to bring it closer to the wind, so that it will get a good glide.
- If your plane keeps flying downward, try pushing the wings up.
- You can bend the back of the wings to make it go up or down.
- If you need help ask a parent.
- Be creative! Design your own planes.
- Don't make it with such hard material, like cardboard. It will be heavy and will not fly as far.
- Avoid people's eyes
- Do not throw it at anyone’s face.
- Do not throw your airplane at any animals or other people.
- Do not throw your paper airplane in a school classroom, unless you want to go to the Principal's Office.
- Do not throw a paper airplane when it is raining, as it might get wet and weigh down.
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