How to Make a Paper Propeller

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Make a paper propeller to represent a boat motor or an airplane engine. A child can use it to power an imaginary vehicle crafted from a large cardboard box. Paper propellers come together quickly and use minimal resources. Even a twin engine aircraft can be properly equipped in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 1/2 by 11 construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Push pin and pencil
  • Fold a sheet of construction paper lengthwise, then across the width into quarters.

  • Cut into four lengths with rounded tops, all at once.

  • Cut rounded slots into the bottoms that will fold into stems.

  • Tape the stems together to shape a cross.

  • Make a diagonal fold in the same direction on all four blades.

  • Find a circular cap or container that covers the stems. Use that to trace over a folded piece of paper and cut out two circles to make a hub.

  • Place the circles on either side of the center of the stem crossing. Tape them on between the blades.

  • Stick a push pin through the center of the hub and wiggle it from side to side to make a loose hole. Stick the pin to a pencil or imaginary engine. Blow on the propeller to spin.

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