This jet airplane is one variation of the traditional paper airplane. This traditional origami model should take the beginner approximately five minutes to complete – the only equipment you’ll need is paper and a place to work!
Begin your project with a piece of paper that has been cut into a perfect square. Otherwise, the plane will not fold correctly. Use any paper you like. The type that works best, however, is paper that is a heavier weight than the average sheet of notebook paper works best. You can practice with plain white copy or typing paper first and then move on to colored or patterned paper if you like. Paper made especially for origami is available, as well. Each package of this two-sided paper comes in an assortment of colors and patterns and each piece of paper is already cut into a perfect square.
In order to achieve accurate folds and sharp creases (necessary for a correctly folded model), the work surface that you choose needs to be hard and flat. Consider keeping a ruler or pencil on hand, as well. One of these objects run along each crease as you work will make your creases even sharper.
Follow these steps
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the plane is face down.
- Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the lower left edge over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the lower right edge over to meet the vertical center crease line. Crease and leave folded. The result is a kite-shaped model.
- Bring the bottom point of the model up to meet the top point. Crease very lightly – you are only marking the center of the model. Unfold.
- Bring the bottom point up to the center of the model. Crease and leave folded. This creates a triangular flap at the bottom of the model.
- Bring the tip of the triangular flap toward the bottom of the model and past the bottom edge. Approximately 3/4 of the triangular flap should be folded down. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the lower right point of the model (top layer only) back to meet the bottom left point. Pinch to hold in place.
- Bring the entire right edge of the model (top layer only) back to form the wing of the plane. A good portion of it should have come to the left automatically during Step 9. The wing will extend past the model’s left edge. Crease and leave folded. The resulting crease line will be the same distance from the left edge all along the length of the model. Use the crease line made in Step 9 as a gauge.
- Turn the model over and create an identical wing for the opposing side.
- Grasp the model’s interior folded edge and propel.