How do you make a perfect paper airplane?

Updated November 21, 2016

When made correctly, a perfect paper aeroplane can fly a long distance in a straight line, requiring only a gentle flick of the wrist. A well-made paper aeroplane can also fly faster. The dart is a paper aeroplane model that is an effective glider. According to, this paper aeroplane design is the most well-known type of paper aeroplane in the world. Making paper aeroplanes can be a simple and enjoyable activity for everyone.

Fold the sheet of paper in half lengthwise. The paper should measure 8½ inches by 11 inches. Line up the two edges of the paper to ensure both halves are equal. Press your thumb over the folded edge to create a deep crease. Unfold the paper with the crease running down the centre.

Fold each top corner of the paper over to meet the centre crease. Hold in place and run your thumb over each fold to create a crease. The two corners should look like a pair of identical triangles, which meet at the same point along the centre fold.

Fold the two outer corners over to meet each other at the centre fold, pressing your thumb over to create a deep crease. With these folds in place, fold the paper along the centre fold again, bringing the bottom corners to meet each another.

Measure 1 inch from the nose of the paper aeroplane with a tape measure; fold each wing of the plane outward and downward. Both wings should be identical so measure them to ensure they are the same size. Measure 1 inch from the outer edge of each wing and bend the edge upward to give the aeroplane added lift.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 sheet of paper 8½ inches by 11 inches
  • Tape measure
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