Before we start with our basic paper plane design and learn how to fold a paper airplane, we need to get a piece of paper that is large enough. I recommend a paper sheet that is equivalent to an A4/Letter paper sheet (21 x 29.7 centimeters or 8.3 x 11.7 inches) and equal thickness to the regular paper used in a printer, thus allowing enough flexibility for folding yet still being rigid enough. The paper used can be of any color, and it doesn’t matter if it has writing on it, it just has to be flat.
So let’s get started folding our simple paper airplane with the easy to follow step by step instructions with pictures below.
Try and be as accurate as you can with your folding, but remember the objective of this website is to have fun and learn through experimentation. So let us start the folding process.
Fold the paper sheet in half.
Open open the paper sheet.
Fold the left top corner into the middle line.
Fold the right top corner into the middle line.
Grab the new left corner and fold it into the middle line.
Grab the new right corner and fold it into the middle line.
Fold the left side onto the right side and when they are even run your finger across all the folded areas.
Now we are going to fold the wings. Choose either side to start. From the front of the paper plane (the pointy end), slowly fold down the upper section of the paper to the lower part of the paper airplane, where the original half fold was and follow it through to the back as shown on the picture.
Repeat the process in step 8, making sure both wings align with each other. If the sides are even, this will assist in the accuracy of the paper airplane flight.
Raise the wings from their folded positions to the middle. Congratulations, now you have your paper plane.
Click on the next section here to learn how to throw your paper plane in a way that maximizes its flight potential.
If you’re comfortable with launching your paper airplane correctly, then click here for fresh ways to improve its flight and, in the process, learn the basic principles of aerodynamics.