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Instructions for how to make the best paper airplane

Updated November 21, 2016

Making paper planes takes a certain amount of thought and attention. You must make folds and creases in the right places if you want your plane to fly correctly. Follow these directions to create a floating paper plane that glides through the air in the intended direction.

Place a piece of A4 paper vertically in front of you, so that the paper resembles a rectangle set on it's short side.

Fold the left half of the paper over so the paper is folded in half. Then unfold the paper.

Take the bottom left corner of the paper and fold it over so the point is across the middle fold made in step 2.

Take the bottom right corner of the paper and fold it to overlap the first fold on the left. You now have an overhanging section of paper on the right side. Both folds now make an inverted triangle at the bottom of the paper, pointing towards you.

Fold the overhanging piece back toward the right so the triangle point is complete.

Turn the plane over and fold the tip of the triangle back 2 in.

Fold down the two tips of the paper that are on the left and right side of the plane. You should only fold a quarter inch of the paper down.

Make a crease 1/2 in. to the right of the centre crease you made in step 2.

Make a crease 1/2 in. to the left of the centre crease you made in step 2. The plane is ready to fly.

Things You'll Need

  • Piece of A4 paper, measuring 8.27 in. by 11.7 in.
  • Pencil
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Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University