Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise. The best type of paper to use is an ordinary 8 ½ in (21.5 cm) by 11 in (28 cm) printer or A4 paper. Perform a book fold to begin. Make a book fold by folding your paper in half the long way.
- You can use any 8 ½ by 11 in piece of paper like notebook paper, construction paper, or printer paper.
- For best results, lay your paper on a flat surface like a desk.
- Crease your fold with the edge of your finger, then unfold.
- Your center crease should be in a valley fold, meaning the crease points down and the paper lifts up toward you, like a valley.
- Crease the outer diagonal edges of your folds to keep each fold in place.
- You will now have two isosceles triangle flaps folded down. An isosceles triangle means that two sides are of equal length while the third is a different length.
- This is another hot dog style fold on the center crease.
- The flaps you previously folded down should now be on the outside of your plane.
- Fold the wings down so the small flat portion in the back of each one aligns to the base of the plane.
- Again, fold your wing flaps down over your previous folds to align the flat portion that was at the top of the wing to the flat base.
- The distance from the base of your plane to the top should be about 1 inch (25 mm) tall.
- Crease the wings with your finger.
- You should have a long, narrow plane now ready for flight.
- This plane is great for a long, straight flight.
- Hold your plane parallel to the ground and throw. You can tape the nose of your plane shut to keep the wings together.
Method 2Folding a More Advanced Paper Airplane
- Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise. Use ordinary 8 ½ in (21.5 cm) by 11 in (28 cm) printer or A4 paper. Perform a book fold to begin. A book fold is made by folding your paper in half the long way.
- Notebook paper, construction paper, or printer paper all work well.
- Fold the top down. Take about two 2 inches (51 mm) at the top of your paper and fold down in a horizontal valley fold.
- Keep the center crease aligned when you fold the top of the paper down toward you.
- Crease the top edge with your finger to keep the flap in place.
- Fold the top portion down again in half. Now repeat the fold you just made, only this time folding only the top 1 inch (25 mm).
- Align the bottom edge of this fold to the bottom edge of your previous fold.
- Crease to keep the fold in place.
- Perform a third horizontal valley fold. Fold the top 0.5 inches (13 mm) down.
- Line up all the edges once again.
- Go over all of your creases and press each one again to keep the folds in place.
- Flip your paper over. You center crease should now be a mountain fold, meaning it is pointing up. The last folds you performed should be on the opposite side of the paper now facing down. Fold the top two corners to the center line.
- Take the top two corners and fold each into the center. Align each so both folds are even.
- You may have to play with getting the paper to fold as the three folds you previously made might make it hard to fold the flaps down.
- Flip your paper back over. You will now have a piece of paper that looks like a house with a small triangle cap at the top.
- The folds you just made should now be on the opposite side of the paper facing down.
- Fold the plane in half towards you. Fold your paper up in a vertical valley fold along the center crease.
- You will now have two rectangular flaps showing, a triangle portion, and a square portion.
- Fold the wings down. Fold the wings down over your rectangular flaps. You want to fold the wings so the edges are flat.
- Fold the wings down so the creases you make here are at the top of your rectangular portion. This will create the wings and the body of your plane.
- The body should be about 0.5 inches (13 mm) tall.
- Make sure both wings are even with one another.
- Fold up two wing flaps. With your wings still folded down, take about 0.5 inches (13 mm) of your paper and fold it up in a valley fold. This will create a fin on each wing to help the plane fly.
- Throw your paper plane. Fold the wings up so the top portion is flat. Lift up your wing fins so each is perpendicular with your wings.
- This plane has a heavy nose so you can throw it hard and watch it fly far.
- Hold the plane parallel to the ground and let loose.
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