How to Make Paper Darts

Paper darts or airplanes are easy to make, but the best bit about them is that they are such a simple design yet can be tweaked for improvements. If you want to know how to make paper darts that out-fly all the others, you need to be crisp in your folding and to choose a good aeronautical design. That way your paper dart will fly accurately and straight rather than falling to the floor within a few feet.

Instructions on How to Make Paper Darts

First up you need a rectangular piece of paper. Fold it in half so that you have a tight crease in the center. Then get one of the corners and fold it in tight to the central crease. Repeat this on the adjacent side. Make sure that the folds are crisp and tight.

Now you have your paper looking like an arrow head shape. Fold each side of the paper in again to the central crease. The secret is to spend time ensuring that the creases are crisp and straight, because this will help it to fly better.

Then fold the paper dart over again from the central crease. This will create a thin triangle shape with a flattened edge at the back – this will become the tail of the dart.

When you want to know how to make paper darts that fly properly, it is crucial that all your paper folding is clean and straight and it is this as much as the design that gives it its speed and accuracy.

From a point at about an inch from the nose, fold the paper again and flatten it out. Do this on both sides and you will be left with a cool wings shape.

Your paper dart will now have a straight body from the tip of the dart and two swept back wings. You can experiment with the wing design by folding the back edges up in order to get more lift.

Next Steps

One you know how to make paper darts like this, it is easy to experiment with designs and to make improvements.

There are many different ways of making paper darts and everyone has their favorite. However, the principle is always the same; it needs to have a sharp pointed nose and enough wing space to keep the paper dart in the air.

The tighter you fold the paper in on itself, the faster and straighter the paper dart will travel. If there is too much wing, your paper dart will fly and stay in the air but you are unlikely to win any races!

Remember to always fold in neat and straight sharp lines and to keep the folding symmetrical so that the paper dart can fly in a straight line.

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