How to Make a Gyrocopter Out of Paper

Updated July 19, 2017

A paper gyrocopter is a simple model of a helicopter. This project can be used as an experiment to allow students and other children to apply and evaluate scientific methods such as gravity, air, mass and size. A gyrocopter can be created with simple items lying around your home. With just a few simple steps, you can create an informative science lesson that is fun for all.

Measure a 6 1/2 x 1 1/2-inch strip on your paper with a ruler and mark it with the pencil.

Cut out the strip using the scissors. Using pinking shears may make your gyrocopter fly a little better, but one cut with scissors will work.

Hold strip lengthwise and measure 3 inches in with your ruler. Make a mark with the pencil. Find the middle by marking the short edge of one end at 3/4 inch.

Cut a slit from the 3/4-inch mark to the 3-inch mark.

Fold the two strips down opposite one another. These form the wings of the gyrocopter.

Attach the paper clip to the bottom of the gyrocopter for weight. Now you're ready to fly.

Go to an elevated area or stand on a chair and drop the gyrocopter. Watch it spiral to the floor.


Use caution when standing on a chair or elevated area. Watch where you drop the gyrocopter.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • One sheet of paper
  • Pinking shears or scissors
  • One paper clip
  • Elevated area or chair
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