How to Make a Paper Airplane

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Last updated on June 21st, 2020

There are many skills fathers should pass on to their children: how to ride a bike, how to make a paper airplane. Learn the simple steps for high-flying fun with this step by step guide on how to make dart paper airplane.

You can test your plane folding technique with dart paper airplane example. The classic paper airplane using a handful straight folds on a standard 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of paper is the one that most of us learn how to fold as children. It is called a dart airplane, due both to its shape and flight pattern.

Things you’ll need

  • Paper
  • Scissor 
  • Stick Tape (Optional)
  • Thin-edged Ruler (Optional)
  • Paper Clips (Optional)
Make a Paper Airplane

How to make a dart paper plane

This is probably the most iconic paper airplane design, and it’s one of the easiest to fold. It flies very well too.

  1. Fold the paper in half vertically, along the long axis.

  2. Unfold the paper and fold each of the top corners into the centerline. Firmly flatten the folded edges so there are sharp diagonal creases.

  3. Fold the top edges to the center. Again, firmly press the fold to create a sharp crease.

  4. Fold the plane in half and lay the folded paper on one side.

  5. Fold the wings down, matching the top edges up with the bottom edge of the body. Press firmly to make a crisp crease. Make sure the wings are shaped symmetrically to ensure straight, level flight.

  6. Test-fly your plane. If you wish, you can add paper clips or tape to the wing of the plane to add extra weight, which may improve its aerodynamics and make it fly better.  


After learning how to make a basic dart paper airplane, you can move on to folding more complicated designs. Many designs for intermediate or advanced origami enthusiasts build on the basic dart plane design.

Paper Airplanes Headquarters has instructions for making five versions of the dart plane.

  • Hammerhead paper airplane
  • Barracuda paper airplane
  • Manta ray paper airplane
  • Marlin paper airplane
  • Bottlenose paper airplane