To make the best airplane from paper is a fun thing to do regardless of your age. It is believed that the paper airplane was invented in China around 2400 years ago. Since then, it has been very fun and an educational toy for all ages. The first actual plane built by the Wright Brothers was based on a paper airplane model.
This simple plane that we’re going to make today has a slick and an easy design that will outperform other paper planes in its flying speed, and it’s very simple to make too. Just follow these steps and in the end, you can even experiment with modifying to make it your own.
The things that you will need is a piece of paper (preferably printer paper but any kind of paper will do), some tape (optional), your two hands and a little bit of patience.
How to make the best airplane from paper:
Fold the piece of paper lengthwise in half and unfold it. Make sure that the crease is noticeable.
Make folds from the top corners to the middle crease from the previous step. It is important to fold the paper neatly and to make sure the edges of the folds are touching so they would form a triangle on the top part of the paper.
Bring the top of the triangle down inward along the middle crease until it forms a perfect triangle. But don’t worry, even if it’s not a perfect triangle it will still turn out just fine.
Now fold the corners again but this time only the tips need to touch, not the whole side. If you do it correctly, a little triangle will appear under the touching tips like on the picture above. When your folds resemble those on the picture, fold the creases tightly.
Bring the little triangle up so it can hold the touching corners. If you want you can use the tape here.
Turn the paper over and fold along the same middle crease on the opposite side now. Just make sure the paper stays in the little triangle from the previous step.
Place your airplane from paper straight on a surface and fold one half straight down like on the picture to make the wing. You can make the wing as big as you like but I’ve noticed it flies the fastest when I leave about half an inch from the bottom of the plane to the wing.
For the second wing, you’re going to turn your plane over and do the same thing as step 8 making sure it mirrors as perfectly as possible.
You can unfold the wings at a 90 degrees angle from the body of the plane and you can test your finished paper plane. If you’re satisfied with the way it flies you can stop here, if not, go on the next step.
To give your paper plane a little bit more stability you can fold the tips of the wings about half an inch like on the picture. Just make sure both wings are folded symmetrically to ensure its balance.
You’ve got yourself a finished paper plane. This design is pretty basic but very effective. You can experiment with it and try to add your touch to it if you want. You can try making it with a bigger or thicker paper, you can change the size of the wings. Freedom is yours to experiment and has fun with it.