How to Make a Paper Airplane | home gardening

How to Make a Paper Airplane

Things You\’ll Need

  • Paper

  • Chalk in assorted colors (optional)

... A moth-inspired paper airplane Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Making a unique paper airplane that looks great and flies well can be a fun project to share with friends. This is an example of a paper airplane inspired by a moth.

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Step 1

... Fold number one. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

With a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper laid out horizontally in front of you, fold the upper right hand corner down toward the lower left. The upper left corner should come to a neat point, while the lower left remains about 2 inches away from the corner that WAS the upper right.

Step 2

... Fold number two. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Bring the lower right point up to the upper left point and meet the two points exactly. Crease the folds with your thumbnail.

Step 3

... Fold number three. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Open the paper so that two peaks face downward.

Step 4

... Fold number four. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Take the right "wing" and fold it inward so that it lines up with the center "valley" of your peaks.

Step 5

... Fold number five. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Take the left "wing" and fold it inward so that it lines up with the center "valley" of your peaks.

Step 6

... Fold number six. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Fold the top/center peak down about an inch and a half.

Step 7

... Fold number seven. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Fold the top/center peak back up.

Step 8

... Fold number eight. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Following the horizontal crease of the top peak, fold the right wing back to the right.

Step 9

... Fold number nine. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Fold the left wing back in the same manner as on the right in Step 8.

Step 10

... Fold number ten. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Fold the center peak back down.

Step 11

... Fold number eleven. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Fold the entire span of the top of the plane down ¾ of an inch (peak and wings) and crease it with your fingernail.

Step 12

... Fold number twelve. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Then pull the center triangle back up.

Step 13

... Fold number thirteen. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Grab the very center of your plane at the fold, and pull the wings back to meet each other (folded side out)

Step 14

... Fold number fourteen. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Pinch the center point of the airplane and fold both wings down to expose the moth shape. Crease the paper to secure the body of the plane.

Step 15

... Fly the plane. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Fly the plane as is.

Step 16

... Color the plane. Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Or color the plane with chalk to look like your favorite moth or butterfly…

Step 17

... Float like a butterfly! Image Credit: Megan Andersen

Then take it outside and enjoy!