Making a paper airplane is easy, fun, and a timeless hobby. It has been in existence since the invention of the aircraft. During the period between 1908 and 1909, Aero Magazine utilized paper-made airplanes to elucidate on the topic of aerodynamic principals. Paper planes were believed to be more than 100 years old were discovered in 2012 in the eaves of an England chapel. So, it’s a hobby and art that won’t go out of fashion any time soon. As a paper plane making beginner, you can start small by learning the steps to make a simple airplane.
Outlined here are easy steps on how to make simple yet awesome paper airplane glider that flies fast and farther.
Get A Regular A4 Paper
To create an awesome paper glider you love, you have to get the right piece of paper. In this case, we recommend using a regular A4 paper in the size of a letter. It can be an ordinary printer paper as well. You need to measure and cut the paper to your most preferred size; while marking and cutting the paper, make sure you obtain a rectangular piece rather than a square or circular piece. It should be large enough to make the perfect sized paper plane and small enough to be comfortably held in your hands.
Fold the Paper Halfway
Take your rectangular paper and fold it halfway. Make sure the paper orientation is vertical when you are folding, and the resulting crease is at the center of the longer side of the paper. The corners of the folded paper ends must be aligned. With the use of a flat-edged tool such as a butter knife, or your thumb, you have to thoroughly and properly crease the paper. Make sure the crease is done right and gives a sharp crease when you unfold it. After you unfold the creased paper points, don’t overturn the paper.
Create Triangular Folds
As of now, your paper is still intact, besides the creases that you have made. Hold the top corners of the paper in position and create triangular flaps facing the middle crease. When folding the paper, ensure the paper edges are correctly aligned with the center of the crease. The outer edges of the paper are supposed to meet and align with each other on the crease line. The resulting product should create two triangular flaps on both sides of your paper plane. The top area of your paper should be in the form of a sharp point. The bottom area of the formed flaps should be in the form of a straight line. It will be great if you check the flap edge to see if it’s straight and the top area a sharp point before proceeding to the next step.
Fold the Flaps Once More
Up to this moment, we have covered more than half of the easy paper airplane making steps. The remaining tips are simple as well and won’t eat much of your time. The next step is to fold the flaps you already made once more. To do this, you have to get a hold of the exterior edge and fold it in the direction of the center crease. The edges of the folds you make must meet exactly at the center and along the vertical crease. The resulting product must be in the shape of a dart, but with narrower triangular flaps on both sides. By now, the largest part of the paper plane will be in the form of a triangular shape with a sharp point at the top area. Don’t take the next step unless your paper has a sharp point at the top and has major parts in the form of a triangle.
Fold the Paper Halfway
You are almost close to making the best and most awesome paper airplane glider that will glide smoothly and fast. The next step you should take, to make this possible, is to fold your paper airplane body halfway. When you are making the fold, you have to do it following the vertical crease. Since you are folding and placing one paper side over the other, both sides must be correctly aligned. Use your thumb or any blunt-edged tool to crease along the fold to make it sharp and strong. Make sure you have folded the paper correctly before moving to the next step.
Fold the Wings
Our paper plane is almost done. It’s just a matter of adding wings, and it will be ready to fly. The easiest way to go about creating the wings for your plane is to place the paper horizontally. While doing so, ensure the flat crease lies horizontally at the bottom area. Now fold your paper down starting from the top to create a wing. Only leave few inches at the lower end while doing so. Repeat the same procedure on the other side. The two edges of the wings must meet at exactly the same place. If you want a more advanced dart paper airplane using the above tips, all you need is to add some wing tips. While adding the wing tips, you have to make sure that you create a slight fold at the rear edge of one of the wings you created. The fold ought to be triangular in shape. Now, bend the fold up so that you get a wing tip pointing towards the sky. Repeat the same on the other wing while ensuring the crease tips align with each other.
Creating a wonderful paper plane that’s great at flying, is not simple. Yet, those who have the plane making tips at their fingers, find it easier and more enjoyable to create their own paper planes. The steps we have just outlined above will give you an idea of how to create a simple but flyable paper airplane. Have a look at these tips and follow them; you will be assured of having great moments creating your own paper airplane with the few supplies at your disposal.