How to Make a Paper Airplane: 29 Easy Designs with Steps

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Paper airplanes have captivated the hearts and minds of both young and old, offering a simple yet delightful way to explore the fascinating world of flight. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the basics of crafting paper airplanes and introduce you to 29 distinctive designs to spark your creativity.

Guy ArbelBy: Guy Arbel

In this article, we will show exactly how to fold 29 of the best paper airplane designs out there.

What Makes a Paper Airplane Fly?

Understanding the Principles Behind Paper Aircraft Flight

Delving into the science that underpins the flight of paper airplanes can elevate your enjoyment of crafting and piloting these paper marvels. Numerous factors contribute to the performance of a paper airplane:

Aerodynamics: The shape and dimensions of the wings, alongside the overall design, wield substantial influence. This interplay dictates the lift generated by the wings, as well as the combined effects of drag and gravity, ultimately dictating the flight trajectory.

Balance: Attaining an equilibrium in the center of gravity is pivotal for flight stability. Any deviation, be it a nose-heavy or tail-heavy configuration, can hinder a straight and steady flight path.

Airflow Dynamics: The manner in which air flows both over and beneath the wings exerts a profound impact on lift generation. Wings with smoother, streamlined profiles typically yield superior flight performance.

Launch Technique: The force applied and the angle at which you release the paper airplane into the air significantly shape its flight trajectory. Experimenting with various launch techniques can refine and optimize flight performance.

The 2023 Record for Paper Airplane Flight

Turning to the present year of 2023, the distinction for the greatest distance traveled by a paper airplane rests in the capable hands of John Collins, a distinguished aerospace engineer. This extraordinary feat was accomplished back in February 2012 when Collins’s paper creation, affectionately named “Suzanne,” embarked on an astonishing journey, covering an impressive distance of 69.14 meters (equivalent to 226 feet and 10 inches). Collins’s remarkable achievement not only epitomizes the sheer delight found in crafting and guiding paper airplanes through the air but also underscores the immense distances these meticulously designed marvels can traverse when launched with precision.

In Conclusion

Crafting a paper airplane is a straightforward and enjoyable undertaking, devoid of the necessity for video tutorials. Armed with the requisite folding techniques and meticulous attention to detail, you can give life to your aerial masterpiece. An appreciation for the underlying science of paper airplane flight will undoubtedly deepen your enjoyment of this enduring pastime. So, seize a sheet of paper, initiate the art of folding, and release your imagination as your paper creation embarks on its airborne journey. Who knows? You may very well find yourself in the annals of history, having shattered the world record someday!

So, let’s start, shall we?

Challenge your folding skills with an intricate origami-inspired design that’s both art and aircraft.

Air rider is a decorative type of paper airplane. Although it is easy to fold, it requires attention to get the design right.

Folding instructions of Air Rider paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the corner to the side

2

cut the spare paper

3

fold the top corner down leaving about an inch or 2.5cm from the bottom

4

fold one of the conners up half of the height of your previous fold

5

fold the paper in half

6

fold the wing in an angle as shown

7

fold the left edge down on itself

8

fold the other wing in an angle as shown

9

very nice decorative bird like plane

10

enjoy flying this plane πŸ™‚

The foundation of all paper airplanes, this design is perfect for beginners. It’s easy to fold and flies straight.

Folding instructions of The O.G paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the corner into the center of the page

3

fold the other corner into the center of the page

4

fold the triangle again to the center

5

fold the other triangle again to the center

6

fold the wing (triangle) in the other diraction intil it alines with the bottom

7

fold the other wing (triangle) in the other diraction intil it alines with the bottom

8

very fast airplane for long distances

If you seek smooth, long-distance flights, this design will glide gracefully through the air.

Folding instructions of Arrow Piercing paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the corner into the center of the page

3

fold the other corner into the center of the page

4

now fold the paper in half

5

fold the egde again aligning it with the middle fold line

6

fold the other egde again aligning it with the middle fold line

7

fold the wing about 1 cm or 1/2″

8

fold the other wing about 1 cm or 1/2″

9

fold the adge of the wing up

10

fold the adge of other the wing up

11

fast and long distands airplane

Air jumper paper airplane might be a bit tricky as it is not very easy nor does it require expert skills. You can redo some steps until you’re able create the design.

There you have it, get it to fly straight is a bit difficult use glue to keep it closed for better steer!

Folding instructions of Air Jumper paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the botton corner to the opposite upper conrner

2

fold the fold about 1 cm or 1/2″ upwards

3

now fold the paper in half

4

fold the wing with a slight angle

5

fold the other wing with a slight angle

6

fold the wing parallel to the middle fold

7

fold the other wing parallel to the middle fold

8

there you have it, get it to fly straight is a bit difficult use glue to keep it closed for better steer!

Bongo-Longo is an easy to create paper airplane. The step-by-step instructions below are easily understandable. Also, you can fly this paper airplane for a distance.

Folding instructions of Bongo-Longo paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the half in half again

3

open the paper

4

fold the top to the middle

5

fold the top corners top the lines that were created by the fold

6

open the paper

7

fold the triengles that were created inwards and fold the paper down

8

fold the sides to the middle

9

fold the paper in half

10

fold the wing from the centerfold

11

fold the other wing from the centerfold

12

slowly gliding in circles

For the newbies, cripper paper airplane might need some skills to get it right. Therefore, you may need to recreate the design for a few times to grasp the instructions and build Cripper.

Folding instructions of Cripper paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

start with a squar page

2

fold the paper to a triangle

3

fold the bottom of the trianlgle up about 1″ or 2.5cm

4

fold the paper in half

5

fold the wing like the picture

6

fold the other side the same

7

now fold the wing parallel to the middle fold

8

now fold the other wing parallel to the middle fold

9

difficult plane to fold and to fly not for noobs!

This is a hard to create paper airplane. However, it can fly through the air for a distance.

which can make up for the time we delayed in its construction.

Folding instructions of Float Master paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

place a paper

2

fold the left corner to the right edge

3

fold the right corner to the left edge

4

open the paper

5

fold the triangles in as shown

6

fold the loose right side up towards the top edge

7

do the same for the right side

8

move the fold to the left and fold the right side to the middle fold

9

same for the other side

10

fold the airplane in half

11

fold the wing a little bit tilted from the center fold

12

fold the other wing bit tilted from the center fold

13

now fold the triangle that was left a little bit tilted from the center fold as shown

14

do the same to the other side

15

depends on how you tilt the folds, it will fly differently

You need to make about seventeen folds to create Flybird paper airplane. It is hard to create this design and redoing some steps or the whole process can help you improve your skills.

Folding instructions of Flybird paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half and open it

2

fold top right corner to the left side the bottom that was created is used to mark as the line to fold to in the next step, open the paper

3

fold the paper to the mark in the previous step

4

open the paper and fold it to the fold line that was created

5

fold it again

6

fold the right side as shown

7

do the same to the left side

8

now fold the edges again to the center fold

9

fold the tip to the place where the folds from the previos step meet

10

fold the paper in half

11

fold a wing with a slight angle as shown

12

do the same to the other wing

13

make another fold to the wing

14

do the same to the other side

15

make another fold to the wing

16

do the same to the other side

17

try playing with the folds of the wings for better results

This decorative type paper airplane can be hard to create. While it takes about nineteen folds to create it, it can fly in the air for a distance.

Folding instructions of Flying Angel paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the top of the paper randomly toward the middle of he paper

2

open the paper and fold it to the fold line that was created

3

fold it again

4

fold the paper in half

5

fold the left corner paraller to the center fold as shown

6

flip the paper and do the same to the other side

7

open the fold and fold the right sidde to the fold line that was created

8

do the same to the other side

9

fold it againg to the center fold

10

fold the top to the bottom

11

fold it again up close and parallel to the middle horizontal fold

12

fold the right “leftover” down on top of the fold as shown

13

fold the left “leftover” down on top of the fold as shown

14

fold the paper in half

15

fold a wing parallel to the center fold

16

fold the other wing parallel to the center fold

17

fold the edge of he wing parallel to the wing

18

fold the other edge of he wing parallel to the wing

19

try to make it symmetrical as possible for better performance

Little One is a hard to make paper airplane. Thus, it may require some practice to get it right. Nonetheless, you can fly it for long distance in the air.

Folding instructions of Little One paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the corner into the center of the page

3

fold the other corner into the center of the page

4

fold the triangle to the bottom

5

fold the triangle again upwards about 1 cm or 1/2″ from the top

6

fold the triangle again downwards to the bottom of the previos fold

7

now fold the paper in half

8

fold the wing paralel to the middle fold

9

fold the other wing parallel to the middle fold

10

good for long distances

11

one more step and you there

12

enjoy flying this plane πŸ™‚

Although it only takes about nine folds to create NARO, it is a hard to make paper airplane. It can fly high in the air for a distance.

Folding instructions of NARO paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half and open it up (to find the middle)

2

fold the paper to the middle

3

fold it again to the bottom of the fold

4

fold it again to the bottom of the fold

5

fold the paper in half away from you

6

fold a wing

7

fold the other wing

8

open the folded wings (to the end of step 5) and cut that shape as shown

9

fold the wings again and there you have it

It is an acrobatic paper airplane that requires about thirteen folds to create it. You may need some extra minutes to create a perfect design since it is a medium difficulty level paper airplane.

Folding instructions of Never Leave Me paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the paper 90 degrees in half

3

open the paper

4

fold the top corners to the middle fold

5

fold the paper in half again

6

now again fold the top corner to the bottom

7

do the same for the other corner

8

fold the paper in half

9

fold the wing parallel to the center fold

10

fold the other wing parallel to the center fold

11

fold the edge of the wing

12

fold the other edge of the wing

13

maneuver airplane

NOBACA is a hard to create paper airplane. Therefore, you may need to exercise patience and maybe recreate the designs for a few times to get it right.

Folding instructions of NOBACA paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the corner to the bottom

2

cut the spare paper (save it)

3

open the paper

4

fold the paper to the other direction

5

fold the triangles that were created inwards

6

fold the botton corner to the top corner

7

repeat for the other corner

8

fold the part you cut from earlier in half

9

fold the top corner of the part to the middle fold

10

fold the other top corner of the part to the middle fold

11

put the part inside the folded paper until the edge

12

fold the edge to the middle fold as shown

13

repeat for the other edge

14

fold the top down of the lines that were created

15

fold the paper in half

16

find the right grip for you try to leave it as open as you can when throwing it!

17

enjoy flying this plane πŸ™‚

It is a medium difficulty level paper airplane. Besides, it can fly for a distance through the air. Thus, enjoy flying it on an open space.

Folding instructions of NONO paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

cut the edge in an arch shape

3

open the paper and fold the top corners to the middle fold line

4

fold the triangles that were created down

5

fold the top corners in 45 degrees to meat the lines of the folded triangle

6

fold the top part about 1.5 cm or 1/2″

7

fold the paper in half

8

fold the wings parallel to the center fold

9

it flies in a circular motion

Open Last is an acrobatic type of paper airplane that needs expert skills to create it. Hence, more guidance, practice, and patience are needed to perfect this design.

Folding instructions of Open Last paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the upper corner to the bottom of the middle fold

3

fold the other upper corner to the bottom of the middle fold

4

open the page the fold the triangles that created together to the bottom center of the fold and create a “tail”

5

fold the tail that was created to a shape of a diamond

6

fold the wing upwards

7

fold the other wing upwards

8

fold the wing again to the back

9

fold the other wing again to the back

10

fold the top to the bottom

11

now fold the paper in half

12

fold the wing paralel to the middle fold

13

fold the other wing parallel to the middle fold

14

fold the adge of the wing up

15

fold the adge of other the wing up

16

very fast airplane, the folds are a bit tricky try folding step 10 not all the way down and see if you get better results

This acrobatic type of paper airplane requires medium difficulty level. Therefore, with eleven folds, you can recreate for a few times to achieve the design.

Folding instructions of Playing in Clouds paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the corner into the center of the page

3

fold the other corner into the center of the page

4

now fold the paper in half

5

fold the wing about 1 cm or 1/2″

6

fold the other wing about 1 cm or 1/2″

7

fold the edge of the wing up

8

fold the edge of other the wing up

9

try playing with the place you fold the wings and the edge of the wings for better results

Although Shadow Drop paper airplane requires medium difficulty level, you can follow the instructions and nail it even for the first time. Besides, it is a great design to try.

Folding instructions of Shadow Drop paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

place a paper

2

fold the paper in half

3

fold it again

4

open the paper and fold the top top the centerfold as shown

5

fold it again

6

fold the edges to the fold line

7

fold the edges again down to the fold line

8

fold the top to the fold line as shown

9

fold the paper in half

10

fold the wing

11

fold the other wing

12

fold the front of the wings a little down for better glide

Although Skyhunter belongs to medium difficulty level category, you can get its folds by observation. Also, Skyhunter can fly for a distance through the air.

Folding instructions of Skyhunter paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

open the page

3

fold about quarter of the page

4

fold that quarter in half

5

fold that half in another half

6

fold the corner into the center of the page

7

fold the other corner into the center of the page

8

now fold the paper in half

9

fold the wing in a slight angle towards the front

10

fold the other wing in a slight angle towards the front

11

long distance flight

12

enjoy flying this plane πŸ™‚

This is an expert difficulty level paper airplane that requires skills to fold it right. Thus, it may take time to get the folds and create the perfect paper airplane.

Folding instructions of Tales of Wind and Love paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper about the upper third down as shown

2

fold the paper in half to the side

3

fold the top left corner down to the right side

4

flip the paper and do the same to the other side

5

open the paper and fold the corners inside as shown

6

fold the middle right corner inside the fold to the left edge

7

do the same for the left middle corner

8

flip the paper and fold it down to the bottom

9

using a ruler fold the edges as shown

10

fold the tip up as shown

11

fold the paper in half

12

fold the wings

13

fold the edges of the wings

14

glides nicely

The Crazy Plane is an acrobatic type of paper airplane. It takes about twelve folds to achieve the design. Some folds may require attention and recreating them for a few times to get them right.

Folding instructions of The Crazy Plane paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

flip the paper and fold the top right to about quarter of the bottom as shown

3

do the same to the other corner

4

open the paper

5

fold the two triangles that were created up and fold the paper down

6

fold the sides to the center fold

7

fold everything up as shown

8

fold the corners in as shown

9

fold the paper in half

10

now fold the wings as shown

It is a decorative type of paper airplane. However, it is a hard design that may take time and skills to get it right.

Folding instructions of The Last Son of Sky paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the corner to the bottom

2

cut the spare paper

3

fold the top corner down leaving about an inch or 2.5cm from the bottom

4

fold one of the conners up half of the height of your previous fold

5

fold the paper in half

6

fold the wing to meat the edge in a straight line as shown

7

do the same to the other wing

8

now fold the wing again to the other direction parallel to the center fold line

9

do the same to the other wing

10

open the fold and fold the top edge down

11

fold the top edge up again as shown

12

super cool looking airplane unfortunately doesn’t fly well

13

one more step and you there

14

enjoy flying this plane πŸ™‚

Creating the Rainmaker paper airplane can be hard. With twenty folds, you can create a paper airplane that can fly for distance through the air.

Folding instructions of The Rainmaker paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

place a paper

2

fold the paper in half

3

open the paper

4

fold the top right corner to the center fold

5

fold the top left corner to the centerfold

6

fold the upper left line of the tiengle to the right side as shown

7

open the paper

8

do the same to the right side

9

open the paper

10

flip the paper

11

fold the triangle that was created as shown

12

open the paper

13

fold an accordion fold as shown

14

fold the two corners inside as shown

15

fold the paper in half

16

fold the wing as shown

17

fold the other wing

18

fold the edge of the wing up

19

do the same for the other edge

20

try folding the wings larger for different gliding results

You can create this great design with ten folds. Although you may recreate it for a few times or redo some steps, it is an exciting paper airplane to try.

Folding instructions of The Rising paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the corner into the center of the page

3

fold the other corner into the center of the page

4

fold the triangles where they meet down in a stright line

5

fold the triangle to the middle fold line

6

fold the other triangle to the middle fold line

7

fold the tip on to the second triangles

8

fold the plane in half and fold the wing in a stright line

9

fold the other wing in a stright line

10

try throughing it up side down!

The Wind Crusher is a hard acrobatic paper airplane. For this, it may take you some time to learn it for a perfect design.

Folding instructions of The Wind Crusher paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

place a paper

2

fold the left corner to the right edge

3

fold the right corner to the left edge

4

open the paper

5

fold the tringles in as shown

6

fold the loose right side up torwards the top edge

7

same for the right side

8

fold that to the middle fold as shown

9

same for the other side

10

open the left sidwe and fold it in as shown

11

do the same for the right side

12

fold the tringles down as shown

13

move the left tringle and fold the left side to the center

14

do the same to the tight side

15

fold the tringles you moved on the sides

16

fold the top down as shown

17

fold the paper in half

18

fold the wing parallel to the center fold

19

fold the other wing parallel to the center fold

This is an expert difficulty level paper airplane that requires skills to nail it. Even so, you can dedicate a few minutes a day to learn its eighteen folds.

Folding instructions of Ultimatu paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold top right corner to the left side and open the paper

2

fold top left corner to the right side and open the paper

3

fold an accordion fold inward like shown

4

fold the right side up to the top as shown

5

fold the left side up to the top as shown

6

the the right fold again parallel to the center fold

7

the the left fold again parallel to the center fold

8

fold the top of the triangle on top the previous folds as shown

9

insert the right fold into the “pocket” of the upper fold

10

insert the left fold into the “pocket” of the upper fold

11

flip the paper

12

fold the left side in an imaginary line that stretches from the top left corner to the bottom left corner as shown

13

do the same to the right side

14

fold the tip of the left fold that was created parallel to the left side

15

fold the tip of the right fold that was created parallel to the right side

16

now fold the paper in half

17

fold the middle of the tale inwards and done!

18

enjoy flying this plane πŸ™‚

This is an easy to fold type of paper airplane. With only eight folds, you can create Vertical Drop with the first attempt.

Folding instructions of Vertical Drop paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the corner into the center of the page

3

fold the other corner into the center of the page

4

fold the triangles where they meet down in a stright line

5

fold the triangle to the middle fold line

6

fold the other triangle to the middle fold line

7

fold the plane in half

8

fold the wing in a stright line

This is an expert difficulty level acrobatic paper airplane. Therefore, it may require practice and a lot of learning to get the perfect design.

Folding instructions of When Love Fails paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

place a paper

2

fold the paper down not until the end

3

fold the paper 90 degrees in half

4

fold the triangles that were created inwards

5

move the right side of the triangle and fold the right side parallel to the center fold as shown

6

do the same for the left side

7

flip the paper and fold it down as shown

8

fold the top up as shown

9

fold the paper in half

10

fold the wing parallel to the center fold

11

fold the other wing parallel to the center fold

12

tell up in what direction it flies for you!

White Cloud is an acrobatic paper airplane that takes five minutes to create. However, it may require attention to get it right if you’re a newbie.

Folding instructions of White Cloud paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

place a paper

2

fold the left corner to the right edge

3

fold the right corner to the left edge

4

open the paper fold it down in the middle of the X shape that was created

5

open the paper and fold the triangles in as shown

6

fold the loose right side down towards the middle fold

7

do the same for the right side

8

flip the paper and fold the top egde down to the bottom

9

flip the paper again and fold the top egde up as shown

10

fold the airplane in half

11

fold the parallel to the center fold

Although this is a medium difficulty level paper airplane, you can create it with just one attempt. Also, it can fly through the air for a distance.

Folding instructions of White Feather paper airplane

Time : 5 min

Supply : Paper A4 if you have

Tool : Clean flat surface, Sizers (optinal)

1

fold the paper in half

2

fold the paper 90 degrees in half

3

open the second fold and fold the top corner to the middle fold as shown

4

fold the other top corners to the middle fold

5

flip the paper

6

now again fold the top corner to the middle fold

7

do the same for the other corner

8

fold the top of the paper down as shown

9

fold the paper in half

10

fold the wing parallel to the center fold

11

fold the other wing parallel to the center fold

12

you can fold the wing edges up or down for different performance!

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