How to make an origami glider

How to make an origami glider

This glider is a simple origami project that should take the beginner approximately ten minutes or so to complete. You’ll need two 8 X 11 sheets of paper, a pencil, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a suitable place to work.

Standard sheets of copy paperwork well for this project. Once you have completed this model successfully, you can adjust the size of the paper as desired. Just make sure that the paper you use is heavier than the average sheet of lined notebook paper.

The work surface that you use when doing origami must be hard and flat in order to attain the sharpest creases possible. This is very important, as the sharpness of your creases will play a vital role in how well your model keeps its shape. A table, floor, or hardback book all work well as folding surfaces.

Follow these steps

  1. Place a rectangular piece of paper onto your work surface. Use a pencil and ruler to mark out a square at the bottom of the paper. The bottom edge and long sides of the paper form the base and sides of the square, so only one line needs to be drawn. Draw an identical horizontal line on the back of the paper.
  2. Bring the left edge of the square over to meet the right edge. Make a crease without disturbing the top strip of the rectangle. Unfold.
  3. Bring the drawn top edge of the square down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  4. Bring the bottom left point of the paper up to meet the upper right point of the drawn square. Crease and unfold.
  5. Bring the bottom right point up to meet the upper left point of the drawn square point. Crease and leave folded.
  6. Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangular flap and push inward and upward at the bottom point. This will cause the model to collapse along the folds you just made. The result will be an upside-down, double-layered triangular flap with an open end that is pointing away from you.
  7. Bring the free left point of the triangle down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right point.
  8. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the base of the triangle. Crease and leave folded. (This step may not be needed if the rectangle you start with is shorter than the standard sheet of copy paper used here)
  9. Use scissors to cut a rectangular piece of paper (same size you started with) in half, lengthwise. Cut the resulting strip in half again and fold one of the very narrow strips in half, lengthwise.

10 Position the folded strip of paper on your work surface so that its open edges are facing to the right.

  1. Bring the bottom edge of the strip over to lie along its left edge. Crease and unfold. Use scissors to cut along the crease you just made to form a slanted bottom edge.
  2. Bring the top edge of the folded strip to lie along its left edge. Crease and unfold. As you did in Step 11, cut along the crease line you just made to form a slanted top edge.
  3. Cut out a crescent shape on the right side of the folded strip, just below the cut made in Step 11. Begin the crescent shape at the right corner created by the slanted edge and end at a point that will make the crescent shape about half the length of the portion that was cut in Step 12. The width of the crescent should be equal to approximately 1/4 the width of the folded strip.
  4. Locate a point on the folded left edge of the narrow strip that is even with the top of the crescent shape. Cut out a rectangular shape from the left edge that is the same width as the crescent shape and approximately half its length
  5. Unfold the strip and insert the bottom point into the model to meet the model’s bottom point. Position the strip so that the previously folded edge points downward. Make sure the strip is centered.
  6. Fold back the entire pointed edge of the model to meet the base of the large triangle shape. Crease and leave folded to complete the glider.

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