How to Make a Paper Airplane

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.

A moth-inspired paper airplane
(Megan Andersen)

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Chalk in assorted colors (optional)
Step 1:

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.

Fold number one.
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Step 2:

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

Fold number two.
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Step 3:

Open the paper so that two peaks face downward.

Fold number three.
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Step 4:

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

Fold number four.
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Step 5:

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

Fold number five.
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Step 6:

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

Fold number six.
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Step 7:

Fold the top/center peak back up.

Fold number seven.
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Step 8:

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

Fold number eight.
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Step 9:

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

Fold number nine.
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Step 10:

Fold the center peak back down.

Fold number ten.
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Step 11:

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

Fold number eleven.
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Step 12:

Then pull the center triangle back up.

Fold number twelve.
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Step 13:

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

Fold number thirteen.
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Step 14:

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.

Fold number fourteen.
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Step 15:

Fly the plane as is.

Fly the plane.
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Step 16:

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

Color the plane.
Megan Andersen
Step 17:

Then take it outside and enjoy!

Float like a butterfly!
Megan Andersen
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