How To Make A Paper Airplane
Most little boys and girls learn how to make a paper airplane before they even start attending school. It is a skill that parents, most especially fathers, would like to pass on to their children. It is a form of art that has an entertaining value and for school children, a fun tool for passing notes during class hours. Although teachers hate seeing flying planes during classes, it is something that is not surprising to see especially among young students. These planes are used to pass messages, or to just annoy other classmates and the teacher. You will only need one material and a few folding skills to make a paper airplane. With a little practice, you will be able to perfect this and pass the skill to the ones.
What you need is a piece of paper that is rectangular in shape. The size of the paper does not really matter, as long as it is not very light. We will need a paper that weighs at least 18 pounds but not exceeding 28 pounds when measuring a stack of 500 pieces of this sheet. The thickness is necessary to give the paper the necessary stiffness it needs to hold the weight easily. The edges of the paper should also be smooth and square, with a 90° angle. This rectangular paper can range from 4×6 in size to about 11×14, depending on how big you want the plane to be. If the paper does not meet these qualifications, you can use scissors or shears to at least achieve the square corners. And in order to learn how to make a paper airplane, you will also need a smooth work surface that offers stability for folding the paper.
The first step in making the paper airplane is to fold the rectangular paper in half, lengthwise. Make a crease along this line. Turn the paper inside out and fold it again along the same line. This crease is the foundation that will make all future folds work for the plane. Make sure that the edges of the paper are aligned properly when you make this fold. Fold down the top left corner until the top edge reaches the middle fold. Do the same thing for the top right edge. You should have what appears to be a triangle at the top of the paper.
Making the folds properly is crucial in learning how to make a paper airplane. The plane will not glide smoothly if the folds are not creased and crisp enough. Now with the triangle that you have just made, fold this top edge towards you. The point should reach the middle fold such that the flaps of the triangle are inside. Make this fold carefully so that you will not damage the crisp folds you have previously made. After you have folded the triangle towards you, there should appear a straight line again at the top of the paper.
Fold the paper lengthwise again along the first fold. The triangle that you made should be facing outwards. Make a small square cut about ½ inch in length along the outer side of the paper. Make sure that you are making identical cuts, same in size and length. Tearing the paper should be enough but making the cuts with a pair of scissors would make a more attractive paper plane. When you unfold, there should be small squares at the top right and top left corners. Make sure that the right side is the mirror image of the left side. This assures that the plane will be symmetrical and will glide with balance when used.
As mentioned earlier, the cuts should be at the topmost edges of the paper plane. Fold the top left corner towards the middle fold. This is similar to the second fold that we did. Do the same thing for the top right corner. This is similar to the third fold. These last two steps should make a similar triangle-like figure at the top of the page. The next steps in how to make a paper airplane can be confusing but are very crucial. Once you have folded the flaps towards you, there should be a point from the earlier point that is peaking through the square cuts. Fold this exposed small point upwards to cover the edges of the flaps. Fold the paper lengthwise again. The outside part should contain all the folds while the inside should be smooth and flat.
Turn the paper so that the parts with the folds would be on your right and the open side would be on the top-left part. Fold the paper towards the middle, making a point towards the folded part. Do the same thing for the other folded side. It should have an appearance of being folded in half. These should represent the wings of the paper airplane. Remember that these last two folds should align the outer edges to the middle fold, the first one that we did. The points should all be together in one place, crisp and parallel to the “nose” of the plane. This concludes the making of the plane, and you are now ready to fly your paper airplane.
To operate the paper airplane, grasp it at the part where you made the cut. This is the underside of the plane. The plane tends to open up when it is released. The only thing that will hold the plane together would be the exposed flap that you folded to secure the other folds. The art of making a paper airplane is thankfully not lost, thanks to parents who continually teach their kids to make this. There are also websites that teach us how to make different paper toys. These are helpful ways of preserving the knowledge that we obtained from the previous generations. If you carefully followed the instructions on how to make a paper airplane, you will be ready to teach your children how to make these artsy paper toys.