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.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Chalk in assorted colors (optional)
A moth-inspired paper airplane
A moth-inspired paper airplane (Image: Megan Andersen)

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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.
Fold number one. (Image: Megan Andersen)

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.
Fold number two. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 3

Open the paper so that two peaks face downward.

Fold number three.
Fold number three. (Image: Megan Andersen)

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.
Fold number four. (Image: Megan Andersen)

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.
Fold number five. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 6

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

Fold number six.
Fold number six. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 7

Fold the top/center peak back up.

Fold number seven.
Fold number seven. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 8

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

Fold number eight.
Fold number eight. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 9

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

Fold number nine.
Fold number nine. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 10

Fold the center peak back down.

Fold number ten.
Fold number ten. (Image: Megan Andersen)

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.
Fold number eleven. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 12

Then pull the center triangle back up.

Fold number twelve.
Fold number twelve. (Image: Megan Andersen)

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.
Fold number thirteen. (Image: Megan Andersen)

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.
Fold number fourteen. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 15

Fly the plane as is.

Fly the plane.
Fly the plane. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 16

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

Color the plane.
Color the plane. (Image: Megan Andersen)

Step 17

Then take it outside and enjoy!

Float like a butterfly!
Float like a butterfly! (Image: Megan Andersen)
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