How to Make a Paper Glider

If you're looking for hang time, this tried-and-true paper glider is just the ticket.

You will need

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

Step 1 Place paper Place the paper on a flat surface in front of you, as if you’re 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.

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 top down Fold the top of the paper down, making a crease where the bottom edge of each triangle starts. The paper will now look like a large envelope with a pointed flap.

Step 5 Fold top corners Now fold your two new top corners in toward the crease, again forming two triangles, but before pressing down each fold, move the corners slightly upward along the middle crease. This will give the glider a blunt nose instead of a sharp point.

Step 6 Fold triangle A small triangle will now be peeking out from beneath the folded flaps. Fold the triangle up over the flaps.

Step 7 Fold in half Now fold the entire right half of the plane under the left half (along the original middle crease), so that the small triangle stays on the outside of your plane.

Step 8 Fold down wing Fold down one wing, starting the crease where the blunt nose begins and angling it on a slight diagonal.

Step 9 Fold down other wing Flip the paper over and repeat, folding the other wing down to match the first wing, forming a narrow triangle base that you’ll hold to launch the plane.

Step 10 Position hands Pick up your glider and hold it near the nose with one hand. Use your other to lift up the wings. Find some open space, and you’re ready to soar.