Paper airplanes seem like one of those intuitive, totally uncomplicated things to make. So I conjured up this idea for our photo shoot and set out to fold dozens and dozens and dozens of planes. I grabbed my bone folder and sat down.... hmmm. I quickly realized I actually had NO idea how to make one and Googled "how to fold a paper airplane" which returned tons of results and different styles of planes. "That one looks badass!" My husband said over my shoulder. So I clicked on that one and sat cursing for 20 minutes because what kind of moron can't figure out how to fold a paper airplane? Me. I sat biting my lip until I realized the PDF I was looking at thanks to Google was from MIT, then I felt a little bit better about my lot in life and chose a different design. I made some minor adjustments to achieve a more "badass" look and they turned out great and went rather quickly.
1 :: Is half of a 8.5x11 sheet of paper... measuring 5.5x8.5
2 & 3 :: Fold in half and unfold
4 & 5 :: Using your center crease line as a guide fold the top corners down to the middle making triangles. Keep folded.
6 & 7 :: Fold again in the same fashion as above using the center line as a guide.
8 :: Fold upward using your original middle crease so you end up with the shape of figure number 9
10 & 11 :: Fold your wings down along the body of the plane
12 :: Fold the wing tips up because this is what makes them look tough... and the fly pretty good too!
I strung them on very in expensive white elastic banding, gluing down the center crease of the plane and even putting a staple in the center of each hidden under the fold of the wings for reinforcement. They would make great birthday party or nursery decor on a budget.