How to Make a Paper Airplane

No one knows who figured out how to make a folded piece of paper fly, but airplanes just like this one have been plaguing schoolteachers ever since!

Instructions

  • Step 1: Place paper Place the paper on a flat surface in front of you, as if you were about to write a letter.
  • Step 2: Crease paper Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Make a crease, then unfold the paper and smooth it flat again.
  • TIP: Use the edge of a ruler instead of your finger to make your creases really sharp.
  • Step 3: Fold corners Fold the top two corners down and toward the crease to form two triangles, creating a point at the top of the paper. Press the folds flat.
  • Step 4: Fold edges in Now fold the two slanted edges at the top of the paper in so that they also run along the middle crease.
  • Step 5: Fold along crease Fold the entire right side of the paper over the left side (along the middle crease), so that all of your new folds are on the inside.
  • Step 6: Form wing Fold down the top folded edge on one side so that it runs along your original middle crease. This will create one of your wings.
  • Step 7: Form other wing Flip the paper over and repeat, folding the slanted edge over to meet the middle crease, forming your other wing.
  • TIP: A little weight at the front of your plane can help it fly farther—try attaching a paper clip to the nose.
  • Step 8: Unfold wings upward Unfold the wings slightly upward, and you’re ready to for takeoff.
  • FACT: The longest distance flown by a paper airplane indoors is 193 feet—which is farther than the first flight made by the Wright brothers!

You Will Need

  • A sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper
  • A ruler (optional)

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