You can use just about any type of paper to make a basic paper airplane. The classic paper airplane is made out of a piece of paper that is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Paper airplanes can be made by children with a lesson or two from an adult. For a group activity fly the airplanes outside and have a contest to see who can their plane the farthest.
Things You'll Need
8 1/2- by 11-inch paper
Use a crisp sheet of paper that is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Copy paper or notebook works well. Place the paper on a table with the long edge near you.
Fold the paper in half along the longer axis or lengthwise. Carefully line up the edges and press the fold and then crease sharply with your fingers.
Open the piece of paper and lay it flat on the table with the crease going perpendicular to you, not side to side.
Fold the right top corner diagonally to meet the center crease. Fold the left top corner diagonally to meet the center crease. Sharpen the crease with your fingers. This will be the nose of your airplane.
Fold the new top right corner diagonally to meet the center crease. Fold the new top left corner diagonally to meet the center crease. Sharpen the creases with your fingers.
Close the airplane by folding both sides of the airplane together toward each other along the axis fold. The axis fold is the very first fold that you made before opening up the paper. Crease the fold sharply.
Lay the airplane down on the table sideways with the crease away from you going sideways or horizontally.
Now fold the top piece of the paper airplane away from you until it meets the axis fold. Crease the fold sharply. This will be the wing.
Turn the airplane over and lay the airplane down on the table sideways with the crease away from you going sideways or horizontally. Fold the top piece of paper away from you until it meets the axis fold. Crease the fold sharply.
Lift the two flaps that you just made to create the wings.
Draw windows, emblems or logos on your plane.
Throw the airplane like a spear to make it fly. You can fly these planes indoors or outdoors.
If you want a slow-moving airplane fold the plane along the center line again. Change the size of the paper to make smaller or larger airplanes. Use recycled paper.