Everything You Need to Make the Perfect Paper Airplane

How to Make a Paper Airplane Melissa Heckscher

This simple project is practically a rite of passage for kids

Does your little aviator have a hankering for flight? If you’re looking for tips on how to make a paper airplane that even the tiniest of fingers can figure out, look no further. Here are the eight easy steps to make a simple “Dart” (the fastest, easiest-to-make, and longest-flying paper airplane). Once you’re done, head outside to try it out, and when you’re done, try another outdoor science experiment for kids!


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What you’ll need to make a paper airplane 

  • 8.5 X 11 Paper (printer paper works)
  • Tape
  • Crayons or markers to decorate (optional)

Step 1: Make a Crease Down the Middle of Your Paper

how to make a paper airplane

Fold your paper in half (lengthwise) then unfold, leaving a crease down the middle. This line will serve as a reference for the rest of your folding. 

Step 2: Fold the Top Corners into Center Crease

how to make a paper airplane

Step 3: Fold the Right Side Toward Center Crease

how to make a paper airplane

Fold the right side into the center crease again, being careful to keep the point of your airplane sharp. You should end up with a long triangle, with one side of the triangle running just along the center crease.  

Step 4: Do the Same With the Left Side

how to make a paper airplane

Step 5: Fold Onto Side So Flaps Are On The Inside

Step 6: Fold Down the Outer Sides To Make The Wings

Carefully fold the outer sides of your airplane down to make the wings. Be sure that the front of your plane ends at a point and that the outer edges of your wings line up with the center fold; otherwise, your plane won’t fly as well. 

Step 7: Seal the Body With Double-Sided Tape

Make a loop of tape and affix it to the inside folds of your plane’s body. Then squeeze the folds shut. This will keep your plane “closed” so that it will get the most speed while in flight!

Step 8: Fly!

You’re done! Send your plane soaring with a quick flick of your wrist. If you’d like to make your plane a little more personal, use crayons or markers to decorate it before takeoff.

BONUS: Make a Trick Plane

Want a simple hack to make your plane spiral through the air instead of a straight soar? Fold up one corner of one wing and you’ve got a stunt plane! 

 

 

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