How to Make the Ring Paper Airplane

The single "ring" paper airplane is an unusual design that flies with the aid of the "boundary layer effect" of the air passing over its surface. For this reason, the plane needs to spin quickly for the airflow to create the forces that sustain the flight. According to, when built correctly and thrown hard enough, this plane is capable of flying impressive distances.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape


    • 1

      Cut a sheet of paper to form a rectangle with one side twice the length of the short side.

    • 2

      Fold one of the long sides down about a half-inch. Fold that edge in the same way three more times.

    • 3

      Roll the paper into a cylindrical shape with the short sides at the ends. Tuck the ends into each other and secure them with tape.

    • 4

      Hold the ring with the curved part in your palm, then throw it in an overhand, spiral motion with the folded end forward.

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