How to Make a Paper Airplane

Step-by-step Illustrated Guide on How to Make a Paper Airplane

If you wish to learn how to make a paper airplane, read the instructions given here. It is a fairly easy task, and one that requires minimal effort and material.
CraftCue Staff
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Almost everyone has attempted to make paper airplanes at some point in their life. However, crafting a paper plane that flies far is a gift that only a few people seem blessed with. How many times have we made paper airplanes that we think will soar far and wide, only to see them plummet to the ground in a matter of mere seconds? They dash our hopes with that downward trajectory.

The key lies in how you go about making the plane, and this is what determines the effectiveness of its flight. How far it flies, how high it soars, and how fast it travels, all depends on the way it is modeled.
Follow these simple steps, and pretty soon, you will be able to fashion up the leanest and meanest paper planes around. This is not some extraordinary skill to write home about, but it is worth the minimal efforts that are required of you. The joy of seeing your craft in perfect flight, is something that only a few selected people can really comprehend.
Step # 1
Step 1
Finding the right kind of paper is absolutely imperative. You will need a rectangular sheet of paper of normal thickness. The best sheet that you can use is the one used for computer printouts.
Step # 2
Step 2
Fold the paper in half, lengthwise. Place one of the longer edges over the other edge, and make a deep crease with your thumb. The plane needs to be perfectly symmetrical, making the crease very important.
Step # 3
Step 3
Fold one of the corners diagonally downwards so that the edge of the fold falls exactly over your original halfway crease. Once this step is done, you will have a triangular flap that falls directly over the center crease. Repeat this for the other side of the sheet, in order to maintain the symmetry.
Step # 4
Step 4
Now, you need to fold the triangular flap downwards, while ensuring that the lowest line corresponds with the original midway crease that you've made. Turn the sheet over, and make the same fold on the other side as well. Do not forget to press in the creases firmly. It is less about dexterity of the fingers, and more about firmness of the folds and creases.
Step # 5
Step 5
Again fold the sides down so that there is a crease exactly halfway through the flaps. These form the wings of your paper airplane, and it is now ready to fly. Hold the plane in the right manner, and launch it in a horizontal and upward swift motion. If the plane does not fly well, try making another one.
Many people think that they can make an airplane fly in a reverse trajectory, one that makes it come back to you. This is not possible, as neither does the paper airplane have an engine, nor is it a boomerang. It is just not possible to make it fly back to you, unless it is aided by the wind. Hopefully, the aforementioned steps will work for creating simple paper planes. Bon voyage!