Step by Step Guide to Making Paper Airplanes

Designed for Flight

Paper airplanes can be made into many shapes and sizes and can cover several different flight patterns. Some are designed for creative flight, some for distance, some for height. This particular model is great for distance flights, and with some variations, can be converted into some very creative flight patterns.

Start with a sheet of paper, 8.5"x11"
Start with a sheet of paper, 8.5"x11"
Fold it in half, length-wise.  Make every folded edge sharp - use your fingernails or a straight-edged ruler.
Fold it in half, length-wise. Make every folded edge sharp - use your fingernails or a straight-edged ruler.
Open the paper.
Open the paper.
Fold down the top corner, lining it up with the seam in the middle.
Fold down the top corner, lining it up with the seam in the middle.
Do the same on the other side.
Do the same on the other side.
Now do this again.  This will streamline the fuselage of the plane.
Now do this again. This will streamline the fuselage of the plane.
Duplicate this fold on the other side.
Duplicate this fold on the other side.
Fold the plane in half again and lay it on it's side.
Fold the plane in half again and lay it on it's side.
Fold down the wing, using the straight edge to line up the wing.
Fold down the wing, using the straight edge to line up the wing.
Duplicate this fold on the other side.
Duplicate this fold on the other side.
Your plane should look like this.
Your plane should look like this.
Fold tips up on the ends of the wings.  This can be done in any angle you like - different angles will produce different flight patterns.  Asymmetrical flaps will create even more creative flight patterns.
Fold tips up on the ends of the wings. This can be done in any angle you like - different angles will produce different flight patterns. Asymmetrical flaps will create even more creative flight patterns.
This is your finished plane!
This is your finished plane!
It's ready for flight!
It's ready for flight!

Tape a penny to the inside of the fuselage, or use paperclips or leaded tape to the outside. This will also alter the flight pattern. Changing the center of gravity can shorten or lengthen the flight.

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hassam 8 years ago from Pakistan

Nice hub..really reminds me of my childhood


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Thanks - me too. My brother and I used to fly paper airplanes off of our front porch when we were kids.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

These are fun. Haven't made any in a dogs age.

great fun hub regards Zsuzsy


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Thanks, Zsuzy!


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lady luck 8 years ago from Boston

what a fun hub! I joined your fan club. Keep in touch!


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Thank you, Lady Luck! It was a fun hub to do - I used to fly paper airplanes with my brother, and did a science fair project on their flight patterns. Too fun! :)


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Great Hub, Kat! My girls will love this :)


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manoharv2001 8 years ago from Bangalore - 560097, Karnataka, India

Very Nice post....thanks for sharing your values


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Thanks, manoharv2001!


superkid47 7 years ago

Using this website helped me make amazing paper airplanes and my sister and I use them all the time


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Kat07 7 years ago from Tampa Author

Oh I'm so glad! This was a pattern I found when I was in science class in grade school, and it made some of the fastest and furthest flying planes I've seen!


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linjingjing 7 years ago

Step by Step Guide to Making Paper Airplanes

Funny article


justin giles 6 years ago

the plane i made didn`t work it didn`t fyt


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Kudlit 6 years ago from Laguna

Paper airplanes are timeless. Kids and adults love to make and fly them! I learned how to fold just two different paper airplanes when I was little. Now I learned that there are so many kinds of paper airplanes to fold and fly.

I've already fold all 50 paper airplanes found here:

http://www.paperairplaneshq.com


Sam 6 years ago

Those are AWESOME.This year, in 4th grade,My teacher taught me how to make them. If you want to improve it try cutting about in the middle of the bottom wing and in the back of the bottom of the plane.Then you an make it go higher.=D


shayan 6 years ago

these is the best airplane for me I love it


swagg kid 6 years ago

this was cool but not cool enough


das duck 6 years ago

i tried this plane its the best plane ive made :D oh an john sucks


sumu 6 years ago

re adi na chinna tanam one chesaanu


science man 5 years ago

i like this because it was very cool ... i even tried it myself. it can go every far!!!


lindana233 5 years ago

cooooooooooool


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Kat07 5 years ago from Tampa Author

Thanks everyone! So glad you are enjoying - this is a great distance plane. We used to stand on our porch as kids and fly these over the hill. They went so far that no one wanted to retrieve them!


lLLALKDJSP  5 years ago

omg


Jayjay 5 years ago

its a great plane


rtyue 5 years ago

they are crap.


KOKOMONDO 5 years ago

Ya paper plane helped ma heaps thanks a lot mate :)

Ma kids love em!


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philipandrews188 5 years ago

Very-detailed steps. Great information, kat07.


BIG NO 4 5 years ago

Good stufff guys even thickos like us got it AVE IT LARGE


jack 4 years ago

thank you


mizzpitbull 4 years ago

i need it 4 school and i got it


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this is poo


Jacob Jennings 4 years ago

so simple


rossieD6 4 years ago

Thank you really helped i have a science project on flight


Ima Dick 3 years ago

hi im bored!!!


Ulquiorra Schiffer 3 years ago

Ive never been able to make a paper airplane and now i can THX KAT!!!


Gaara of the Desert 3 years ago

This is so easy do u really think u can entertain me *crosses arms* GIANT SAND BURIAL!!!!


SOUL 3 years ago

NOT COOL MEN


Black Star 3 years ago

Like this is really going to surpas god i, the mighty black star, will surpas god before u even think about it!


Spirit 3 years ago

OOOH I REMEMBER WHEN ME AND MAKA USED TO MAKE PAPER AIRPLANES TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!


Death the Kid 3 years ago

this airplane is no where near SEMETRICAL!!!!


jimmy no shoes 3 years ago

this plane is not easy


dave 3 years ago

well done


_____________________ 3 years ago

I'v Not Tried It But I Doesn't Look Like The Best


jello 3 years ago

stupid


rozie100 3 years ago

hi this plane is awesome and plzzz post more


Aniya reed 10 years old 3 years ago

That I already made that


Lala girl 2 years ago

How far it goes?

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