Is it fun or what?? The boys are loving drifting off to sleep with patriotic planes flying over their little heads : )
But my husband laughed at me because I had to Google how to make a paper airplane. Give me a break! 1) I'm a girl and 2) It's been 11 years since I was in middle school... Why would I still know how to make one? That precious storage space in my brain has LONG since been filled with something else more useful... like how to use my new sewing machine : )
So if you're also a girl and have long since forgotten your mad paper-airplane-making skills, you're in luck. I've got a full tutorial for you! (I know, you're super excited)
First pick out your paper. I think using old maps, comic book pages, or even newspaper would be fun, but I used some good old scrapbook paper for mine.
1) Start with an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper, front side facing down. If your paper is not double sided, you can choose to add a 2" strip of paper along the bottom of the back of your paper to add interest to the bottom of your plane.
2) Fold the paper in half lengthwise a.k.a. hot dog style (remember, we're in middle school). The crease should be on your right.
3) Make a crease to fold the tail. The crease should be about three finger widths from the right along the bottom edge.
4) Unfold the crease you just made.
5) Unfold the paper and lay it flat still front facing down. The tail crease should be at the bottom of your paper.
6) Fold the upper right corner down to the center crease line.
7) Now fold the upper left corner down to the center crease line.
8) Fold the point at the top of your paper down and make a crease about halfway between the folded down flaps and the top of the tail section crease.
9) Again fold the upper right corner down to the center crease line.
10) Fold the upper left corner down to the center crease line.
11) Fold the small triangular flap, which lies under the larger triangular folds you just made, upward to lock the larger triangles in place.
Are you still with me? Ok good.
12) Flip the whole piece over so the folds are on bottom and the tip of the nose is pointing up.
13) Fold the plane in half along the center crease line, popping the tail section up.
14) The left side of the plane should fold over on top of the right side.
15) This is how it should look at this point.
16) Rotate your plane counter-clockwise 90 degrees so the tip of the nose is now pointing to the left and your wing flaps are up.
17) Fold your first wing flap down. The edge of your wing flap should be just about even with the bottom of your plane.
18) Flip your plane over so the wing flap you just folded is now on the bottom and the tip of the nose is pointing right.
19) Fold your second wing flap down, again aligning with wing flap with the bottom of your plane.
20) Set your plane up and spread its wings!
This is just one of 50 airplanes you could make from this website I used. Who knew there are so many different ways you could fold a piece of paper?? This would make a great rainy day project to do with the kiddos.
And now that your life is complete because you can once again make a paper airplane,
Enjoy your day!