Free Projects For Kids: Origami Paper Airplanes

An origami airplane is a good beginning project at any age. This model can be completed in just a few minutes.

Not all origami models require great skill and time to accomplish. There are many projects that are suitable for both beginning adults and children. One of these simple designs is the traditional paper airplane.

Unlike most other origami models, this project requires that you start with a rectangular sheet of paper instead of a square. An 8 ½" X 11" letter-sized sheet of paper will work very well. Use white copy or typing paper that you may already have on hand or buy a special color. Decorate the paper with crayons, markers, or stickers either before or after you complete your plane.

For a two-toned plane, use paper that is colored on one side and white on the other. You can buy two-sided paper made especially for origami or find an alternative at home. Heavier gift wrapping paper and old wall posters work well. If you plan on using special paper for your model, practice first with inexpensive paper to avoid waste.

One of the keys to a successful origami model is the ability to make accurate and sharp creases. Because of this, your work surface is very important. Avoid carpets, beds, and other soft surfaces. Instead, work on a hard, flat surface like a table or hardback book. This will help you achieve sharper creases and more accurate folds. Make an even sharper crease by running a ruler, pencil edge, or your thumbnail slowly over it.

To begin your plane, place the paper down on your work surface so that the long edges of paper are facing left and right. Fold the right edge over to meet the left edge, crease the paper and unfold. Turn the sheet over.

Bring the top right corner down toward the middle of the page so that the right top edge lies along the center crease. Hold in position and crease. Repeat with the top left corner. The resulting flaps should create a point at the top of the paper. Bring this point down to meet the center crease, at a point approximately 1-½ inches from the bottom edge of the page. Crease.

Bring the left corner down toward the middle of the page so that the top left edge lies just to the left of the center crease. Crease. Repeat with the top left corner. The resulting flaps should create a blunted point at the top of the paper and the center crease line should be left exposed. Hold the flaps down.

Find the point that should be sticking out from under the two top flaps and fold this up along the edges of the flaps. Turn the paper over with the point facing up. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge Crease and press the existing creases flat once again.

Bring the right diagonal edge approximately halfway to the straight left edge and crease all the way up to the top point. Flip the paper over and repeat with the remaining diagonal edge. This last step creates the wings of the airplane.

Your plane is ready to fly!

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